UN panel adopts findings on individual complaints of human rights violations

Having heard cases brought by individuals against States parties to an international treaty on civil and political rights, a United Nations panel has found violations in seven cases while determining no breaches of the accord in three others, including one involving a complaint against a court ban in France on dwarf tossing.

Guatemala: human rights and security concerns persist, UN official says

Despite progress achieved in implementing the Guatemala peace accords, serious human rights and security concerns persist, a senior United Nations official said today.

Fight against terrorism must not infringe on basic liberties, top UN rights official warns

While countries not only have a right but a duty to protect their citizens from terrorism, they must not infringe on basic civil liberties, the top United Nations human rights official said today.

Wrapping up meeting at UN, civil society groups pledge support for Palestinian rights

Civil society groups meeting at United Nations Headquarters in New York for a conference in support of Palestinian rights committed themselves today to joining efforts to end the Israeli occupation and provide international protection for the Palestinian people.

UN's new human rights chief says tackling racism, protecting civilians are key goals

The new United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Sergio Vieira de Mello, started his four-year term today in Geneva, saying that he wanted to focus on the protection of civilian populations in conflict as well as the fight against racism and promotion of women's rights.

Nine members elected to UN human rights panel on civil and political liberties

Nine members were elected today to a United Nations human rights expert panel monitoring the implementation of an international treaty on civil and political liberties, replacing those members whose terms are due to expire at the end of the year.