UN human rights experts urge probe into recent violence amid Venezuelan protests

A group of independent United Nations human rights experts has asked the Venezuelan Government for prompt clarification of allegations of arbitrary detention and excessive use of force and violence against protesters, journalists and media workers during recent protests.

Venezuela: UN human rights chief urges halt to violence, inflammatory rhetoric

The United Nations human rights chief today condemned the recent violence in Venezuela, and urged the Government to ensure respect for freedom of expression and peaceful assembly.

Cambodia: UN expert urges restraint as police fire on striking garment workers

A United Nations independent human rights expert urged restraint by all sides today after military police opened fire on striking garment workers in Phnom Penh, reportedly killing at least four people, as high social and political tensions in Cambodia boiled over into deadly clashes.

Ukraine: as Kiev protests build, UN chief calls for calm, urges ‘meaningful dialogue’

Amid ongoing political protests in Ukraine, Secretary General Ban Ki-moon today appealed for restraint and urged all sides to avoid further violence and uphold the democratic principles of free expression and peaceful assembly.

Stop using excessive force against protesters, UN rights chief tells Bahrain

The United Nations human rights chief has voiced alarm at the excessive use of force by authorities in Bahrain, including the killing of two peaceful protesters, and urged respect for the right to demonstrate.