UN expert says anti-terror measures could bring human rights violations

New anti-terrorism measures in some States could violate human rights, a senior UN official has warned the Security Council, according to a document released today at UN Headquarters in New York.

UN announces new funding for small human rights projects in over 20 countries

Seeking to support community human rights initiatives, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights today announced new small grants to help 21 countries in this effort.

Marking Human Rights Day, UN warns against infringement of basic freedoms

Marking International Human Rights Day, United Nations officials and experts today warned that in the aftermath of the 11 September attacks against the United States, countries must be careful not to infringe on the fundamental freedoms of individuals.

Media coverage of human rights issues examined at UN forum

Quandaries facing news organizations in covering international affairs and the media's impact on public understanding of complex issues on the United Nations agenda were at the centre of a spirited debate today that brought together top UN officials and leading journalists from around the world.

Geneva Convention applies to Palestinian territories, top UN rights official says

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary Robinson, today called again for the establishment of an international monitoring presence in the occupied Palestinian territories to ensure that global human rights standards were being observed.

UN experts in Colombia to assess impact of war on women, their role in peace-building

Two United Nations experts today began a week-long visit to Colombia to assess the impact of conflict on women as well as their role in the peace-building process.

Probe into illegal executions in Afghanistan urged by UN human rights expert

Reacting to reports of innocent civilians being killed in Afghanistan, a United Nations human rights expert has called for the investigation of these crimes and the prosecution of those responsible.

UN human rights expert urges steps to prevent security vacuum in Afghanistan

Seeking to prevent a dangerous and destabilizing security vacuum in a post-Taliban Afghanistan, a United Nations human rights expert has outlined a series of measures geared towards protecting the country's people.

Terror attacks have broad effect on future human rights work: Robinson

The international crisis following the terror attacks on the United States has broad ramifications for future human rights work, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary Robinson, warns in a report released today at UN Headquarters in New York.

Middle East: UN Palestinian rights panel urges implementation of Mitchell report

Implementation of the Mitchell committee report offers "the most practicable route back" to the Middle East peace process, according to the annual report of a United Nations panel charged with promoting the rights of the Palestinian people.