OHCHR

News in Brief 6 December 2019

  • Spike in Syria attacks on civilians
  • Australia’s end to medical evacuation for refugees may put lives at risk
  • Haitians facing ‘dramatic’ food crisis
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Repression, use of force risk worsening Bolivia crisis: UN human rights chief

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights is urging authorities in Bolivia to ensure security forces comply with international standards on the use of force following the deaths of at least five protestors on Friday.

Speaking truth to power: the UN experts fighting for global human rights

Fearless. Plain-speaking. Critical. Courageous. Unflinching. Unfair. Biased. Manipulative. These are some of the adjectives used to describe the Human Rights Council experts who fan out across the world to research, hold consultations and gather information on a vast range of human rights violations.

News in Brief 29 October 2019

  • India should ‘unlock’ freedom curbs in disputed Kashmir, urges UN human rights chief
  • UN confirms delivery of food aid to more than 300,000 vulnerable Syrians in troubled northeast
  • El Salvador’s ‘double burden’ of malnutrition and obesity is equivalent to 10% of GDP – WFP report
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UN rights chief urges ‘immediate dialogue’ to end Chile unrest

The top UN human rights official is calling for politicians and civil society in Chile to engage in “immediate dialogue” to resolve the deadly crisis which has gripped the nation in recent days.

UN human rights office urges Egypt to immediately release detained protestors

Authorities in Egypt are being urged by the UN human rights office, OHCHR,  to immediately release scores of citizens who have been arrested in connection with recent anti-government demonstrations in several cities.

News in Brief 2 October 2019

  • Kyrgyz lawyer wins top UN Refugee Agency award
  • UN envoy positive but realistic about upcoming Syria Constitutional Committee meeting
  • First-ever visit of a UN human rights chief to Malaysia
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‘Milestone agreement’ paves the way for new UN Human Rights Office in Sudan

“With this milestone agreement, we are poised to accompany Sudan through an important moment in its history” – the words of UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet on Wednesday, as she signed a deal between the UN and the newly-constituted Government of Sudan to open a Human Rights Office in the capital, Khartoum.

Appointment of alleged war criminal to head of Sri Lanka army ‘deeply troubling’, says UN human rights chief

The appointment of Sri Lankan Lieutenant-General Shavendra Silva as Commander of the country’s army is deeply troubling, UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet said in a statement released on Monday, adding that the military leader had been given the role despite “serious allegations of gross violations of international human rights and humanitarian law against him and his troops during the war”.

Intensified Al Qaeda and ISIL activity in Yemen ‘deeply worrying’, says UN Human Rights Office

Armed groups affiliated with the Al Qaeda and ISIL terror groups, appear to have intensified their activities in Yemen, Ravina Shamdasani, a spokesperson for the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) declared on Tuesday, describing the situation as an example of “deeply worrying developments” that have seriously impacted civilians over the past ten days.