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Bangladesh: UN urges immediate release of detained human rights defender

The United Nations today voiced concern about the recent arrest of a prominent human rights defender in Bangladesh and urged the Government to secure his immediate release.

UN launches ‘toolbox’ to help nations ensure access to food as basic human right

The United Nations today took a step towards helping the billion people around the world suffering from hunger achieve access to adequate food with the publication of a ‘how-to’ guide providing the tools for governments, institutions and civil society to assert this basic human right.

Annan inaugurates UN’s strengthened Human Rights Council with appeal for ‘new era’

The new United Nations Human Rights Council held its inaugural session today, with Secretary-General Kofi Annan calling for “a clean break from the past” and a “new era” as the enhanced body seeks to give teeth to the protection of rights for all, an issue that often seemed to elude its much-criticized predecessor.

With UN rights council’s inauguration, experts cite Myanmar’s detained rights leader

As the new, strengthened Human Rights Council held its inaugural session, two United Nations experts stressed that today also marks the birthday of one of the world’s most acclaimed rights defenders, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and democracy leader who continues under house arrest in Myanmar.

Human rights and UN reform focus of students' dialogue with diplomats

Human rights in the context of United Nations reform was squarely on the minds of student leaders who engaged members of the UN diplomatic community today in a unique dialogue on global issues.

UN expert decries global shame of rising numbers of hungry people

Although the world has more than enough food to sustain all people, a dozen children under the age of five are dying every minute from hunger-related diseases and the number of malnourished is on the rise, a United Nations experts says in a new report.

Progress on reducing hunger has stopped, UN expert on right to food says

Progress in eliminating hunger and malnutrition has virtually ground to a halt, a United Nations expert on the right to food has told the Commission on Human Rights, with about 36 million people dying every year from hunger.

Transnational corporations should be held to human rights standards - UN expert

The United Nations expert on the right to food today recommended that UN Member States better monitor transnational companies to protect food supplies for the poor and suggested that non-governmental organizations (NGOs) could play a role in this effort.

UN expert calls for fair, rights-based trade policies to ensure right to development

An independent expert for the United Nations Commission on Human Rights stressed today that in the face of rampant globalization, only partnership arrangements based on binding obligations, and fair, rights-based trade policies could ensure that the right to development would become a reality for everyone.