Ravina Shamdasani

Papua demonstrators must be allowed freedom to assert their rights: OHCHR

The mass arrest of demonstrators in Indonesia who were attempting to mark a national day for indigenous people in the east of the archipelago, has been condemned by the UN human rights office, OHCHR. Spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani explained to UN News on Friday, what’s behind these latest developments.

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Mauritanian authorities must ensure “free and credible” vote

The government of Mauritania has a responsibility to ensure that a “free, transparent and credible” voting process takes place in a constitutional referendum due to take place on Saturday.

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“Heart-wrenching” testimony from survivors of atrocities in Iraq

Testimony from the survivors of atrocities committed by the ISIL terrorist group in Iraq has been described as “heart-wrenching” by the United Nations.

Over 300,000 people from the Yezidi community escaped from the city of Sinjar following an attack in 2014.

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Migrants in a “catch 22” when both entering and leaving are criminalized

In Bulgaria, refugees and migrants fleeing conflict and persecution all too often find themselves treated as criminals.

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Widespread impunity in Darfur must stop: UN rights chief

The Sudanese government and armed opposition groups in the country are being urged by the UN to end widespread impunity of serious human rights violations in Darfur.

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Death sentence of Iranian doctor “absolute outrage”

The death sentence of an alternative medicine doctor in Iran has been called an “absolute outrage” by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (

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