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Iraqis paying an ‘unthinkable price’ to be heard, UN envoy tells politicians in Baghdad 

Noting that the people of Iraq were at “a critical juncture”, the top UN Envoy in the country told parliamentarians there on Thursday that over the past six weeks, hundreds of thousands have been peacefully voicing their “genuine, legitimate, demands, loud and clear”. 

UN rights chief calls for probe into protestor deaths in Bahrain

Expressing concern at the violence and arrests that occurred as part of a wider crackdown on dissent in Bahrain, the top United Nations human rights official today called on the Government to promptly launch an independent, effective investigation into the deaths of protestors on 23 May.

Venezuela: UN urges all efforts be made to lower tensions in Venezuela

The United Nations today expressed concern about the latest developments in Venezuela, calling for on the Government and the opposition to address the country’s challenges for the benefit of the people.

UN experts back call to halt pipeline construction in North Dakota, citing rights abuses of protestors

The United States is using excessive force against protestors in North Dakota who are trying to stop an oil pipeline project that runs through land sacred to indigenous peoples, according to a United Nations human rights expert.

UN experts suggest ways to avoid human rights violations during public protests

A new report presented today to the United Nations Human Rights Council offers recommendations on proper preparations and precautions to protect the rights of the demonstrators, bystanders and police during public gatherings.

Ban voices concern over reported violence in Venezuela, calls for dialogue

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today voiced concern over new reports of violence and loss of life in Venezuela, and expressed support for regional dialogue to help the country overcome its current challenges.

As police, protesters clash in Egypt, UN rights chief urges end to excessive use of force

“Deeply disturbed” by the deaths resulting from recent clashes between security forces and protesters in Egypt, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, has urged for an end to the excessive use of force, his spokesperson said today.

In Harlem, deputy UN chief cites equality, non-discrimination as ‘absolutely basic to all human rights’

On the eve of the worldwide commemoration of Human Rights Day, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General, Jan Eliasson, today led in New York’s historic Harlem neighborhood, a public reading of the landmark Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Eric Garner, Michael Brown cases spark ‘legitimate concerns’ about US policing – UN experts

Grand jury verdicts in the United States which resulted in the decisions to not bring to trial the cases of two unarmed African-American men killed by police forces have sparked “legitimate concerns” regarding policing practices across the country, a group of United Nations human rights experts said today.

US should respond to public demands for greater police accountability – Ban

In the wake of a grand jury decision in New York yesterday not to indict a police officer in the chokehold death of Eric Garner, an unarmed man, in July, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has urged the United States to do “anything possible to respond to demands of greater accountability.”