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UN expert calls on Greek Government to ‘urgently implement’ anti-racism measures

The Government of Greece must implement stronger measures in order to effectively address hate speech and verbal abuse against vulnerable groups including irregular migrants and minorities such as the Roma people, according to a United Nations human rights expert.

Mediterranean crisis demands ‘intensive dialogue’ among UN and regional actors, Security Council told

The Mediterranean migrant crisis calls for collective action focused on the immediate need to save lives or else it will represent “a moral failure of the first order,” one that undermines international law and security, a top United Nations migration official warned today.

UN rights experts urge Nauru to set up monitoring body for asylum-seekers detained on island

A group of United Nations human rights experts today called on Nauru to set up an independent monitoring body to ensure that the country meets its obligations to treat people in detention correctly.

UN rights chief urges UK to curb tabloid hate speech, end ‘decades of abuse’ targeting migrants

After decades of “sustained and unrestrained anti-foreigner abuse,” and in the wake of a recent article in the Sun newspaper calling migrants ‘cockroaches,’ the United Nations human rights chief today urged British authorities and media to take steps to curb incitement to hatred by tabloid newspapers, in line with the country’s obligations under national and international law.

UN urges Europe to ‘put human life, rights and dignity first’ in response to Mediterranean crisis

The most senior United Nations officials dealing respectively with refugees, human rights, and migration and development, have appealed strongly to European leaders to put human life, rights, and dignity first when agreeing today a common response to what they called the “tragedy of epic proportions” unfolding in the Mediterranean Sea, where some 1,600 people have died this year trying to flee their strife-torn homelands.

‘Callous’ EU politics on migrants costing lives, UN rights chief warns

Following the loss of some 700 lives after a boat carrying migrants capsized and sank over the weekend, the UN human rights chief has urged European Union (EU) governments to take a “more sophisticated, more courageous and less callous approach” to coping with the flows of migrants towards Europe.

UN urges ‘clear commitment’ by States to save lives following latest Mediterranean tragedy

The European Union must intensify its efforts in placing the rights of migrants at the centre of its migration policies, a United Nations human rights committee affirmed today following the latest maritime tragedy in the Mediterranean Sea which may have claimed hundreds of lives.

After migrant catastrophe in Mediterranean, UN urges ‘robust’ rescue operations

The latest maritime catastrophe to claim the lives of refugees crossing the Mediterranean Sea is yet another indication of the need for a “robust” rescue-at-sea mechanism aimed at preventing future tragedies, the head of the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) declared today.

Sealing borders 'will continue to fail on massive scale,' UN rights expert tells European countries

Migrants will continue to arrive and stay in Europe “no matter what,” so the overall goal should be to ensure they use official channels to enter and stay, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants said today.

UN refugee agency commends Greece on asylum reforms, urges more to be done

Greece has made progress in reforming its asylum system despite challenging economic and political circumstances, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) confirmed today, adding nonetheless that much more needed to be done to accommodate the influx of asylum-seekers and refugees.