rights defenders

UN rights expert calls on Mexico to investigate killing of state-level Ombudsperson

Strongly condemning the attack on a state-level Ombudsperson and his family in Mexico, the United Nations expert on human rights defenders has called on the authorities to investigate the incident and bring the perpetrators to justice.

Growing number of rights defenders facing reprisals for cooperating with UN

A growing number of human rights defenders around the world are facing reprisals and intimidation for cooperating with the United Nations, ranging from travel bans and the freezing of assets to detention and torture, says a new report issued by the world body.

Philippines: UN experts calls for probe into killings of indigenous rights defenders

Two independent United Nations human rights experts today called on the Philippines Government to investigate the deaths of three human rights defenders in Surigao del Sur in Mindanao.

Saudi Arabia: UN concerned at harsh sentences against human rights defenders

A top United Nations official today expressed concern about the arbitrary arrest, trial and detention of human rights defenders in Saudi Arabia, and urged the authorities to immediately release all those held for their peaceful advocacy of human rights.

Individuals opposing development projects increasingly branded anti-government – UN expert

Human rights defenders who oppose large-scale development projects are increasingly being branded as ‘anti-government’ or ‘enemies of the State,’ a United Nations independent expert warned today.

Situation of human rights defenders in Togo improved, but challenges remain – UN expert

An independent United Nations expert today called on the Togolese Government to ensure a favourable environment in which human rights defenders can carry out their work.

UN and regional experts urge countries to stop reprisals against rights defenders

An independent United Nations expert has joined regional partners today in urging governments to stop reprisals against individuals and groups seeking to cooperate with UN and regional human rights mechanisms.

UN voices concern at targeting of prosecutors and rights defenders in Central America

The United Nations human rights office today sounded the alarm on the recent killings of public prosecutors in Guatemala and Honduras, as well as the increasing vulnerability of human rights defenders in the two Central American countries.