peaceful protests

News in Brief 10 September 2021

  • Afghanistan: Taliban violence against protesters increasing, warns OHCHR
  • Hungry Afghans resort to extreme coping strategies to feed families
  • Human rights abuses intensify in eastern DR Congo: UNHCR
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News in Brief 16 July 2021

  • Cuba: Bachelet calls for release of detained protesters, urges dialogue
  • Deadly flooding in Europe and heatwaves highlight need for climate action: WMO
  • DRCongo’s Beni city attacked for first time in 2 years: UNHCR
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UN chief: Belarusians must be able to exercise their ‘civil and political rights’

Closely following the developments in Belarus, Secretary-General António Guterres issued a statement on Friday underlining the importance of enabling all Belarusians to “exercise their civil and political rights”. 

UN rights experts express ‘outrage’ at Belarus police violence against peaceful protesters

UN human rights experts on Thursday, strongly criticized the level of violence being used by security forces across Belarus against peaceful protesters and journalists, following five days of demonstrations over the disputed presidential election.

Two years in the making, rights experts say what protesters can do - and can’t

It’s widely accepted that peaceful protests are a key tool in democratic societies that allow people to put issues on the public agenda. But what is legal – and what is illegal – when it comes to demonstrations around the world? Can you wear a mask, for example?

That’s a question for Christof Heyns, who led discussions on the issue for the UN Human Rights Committee, with Member States and NGOs.

He spoke to UN News’s Daniel Johnson, and explains what the UN panel’s advice is for protesters.

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News in Brief 24 July 2020

  • Arctic on fire, shows need for climate action
  • US protests should be free of violence fears
  • Push for peace in Mali: UN rights experts
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“Historic racial targeting” in the US is “dangerous” for peaceful assembly

The ‘historic racial targeting by police’ can be dangerous for citizens’ rights to peacefully assemble in the United States.

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