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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News in Brief 30 May 2017 (AM) – Geneva

CAR rights violations chart 13 years of “violence and impunity” as 88,000 flee violence

Details of horrific rights violations amounting to war crimes in Central African Republic are to be handed over to a special court there tasked with fighting impunity.

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News in Brief 3 March 2017 (AM) – Geneva

Sri Lanka’s slow progress on justice for past crimes “risks derailing peace”

A lack of progress in bringing to justice those responsible for gross human rights crimes in Sri Lanka risks derailing a lasting peace there.

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News in Brief 24 February 2017 (AM) – Geneva

Israeli soldier’s sentence for shooting “excessively lenient”: UN

The punishment handed down to an Israeli soldier found guilty of shooting dead a wounded Palestinian is “excessively lenient”, the UN Human Rights Office said on Friday.

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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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