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Human Rights Committee warns over shrinking checks and balances on Hungarian Government

The UN Human Rights Committee has expressed concern over “major legislative reforms” by the Hungarian Government that have impacted migrants, non-governmental organizations and others, including one law passed last year that makes it possible to detain asylum seekers automatically.

Daniel Johnson in Geneva has been speaking to Committee Vice-Chair Yuval Shany.

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UN Gender Focus: HIV-positive youth, ending violence against women and gender equality

HIV-positive women face more discrimination than men

HIV-positive women face more discrimination than men with HIV according to a young activist from India. Lalchhuanzuali was at the UN to talk about the problems facing young people with HIV, especially in accessing vital services. She represents Youth LEAD, an NGO which works with people up to the age of 27 who are considered to be at high risk of catching the virus. She’s been talking to Daniel Dickinson.


Civil society groups launch website to spur discussion of 2005 UN World Summit

With some 170 heads of State and government expected in New York in less than a month for the United Nations 2005 World Summit, civil society groups working with the UN Department of Public Information (DPI) have launched a Website to voice their views on how to strengthen the world body as it confronts the challenges of extreme poverty and global security.

Workshop examines ways to respond to critics of UN

Representatives of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) gathered at United Nations Headquarters in New York today to hear ideas on how to explain to the world body's critics the role that it plays in maintaining peace and security and promoting development.