Eight countries in violation of civil rights, protection against torture, UN bodies find

Two United Nations human rights bodies have found violations of international treaties dealing with civil and political rights and the prohibition against torture in eight countries.

UN rights expert salutes Timor Leste's adoption of migrant workers' treaty

A United Nations human rights expert today hailed the adoption by Timor-Leste of a global treaty protecting migrant workers and their families, a move that gave the accord the force of international law.

Youngsters need greater voice in decisions that affect them, UN Children's Fund says

Children have a right to be heard in decisions that affect them, and giving young people a constructive role is essential to both their development and the creation of a more cohesive, peaceful world, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) says in its annual report launched today in Mexico City.

On Human Rights Day, UN officials call for boosting rule of law, ending impunity

One of the most outstanding legacies of the last century has been the development of a body of international law that can protect the individual from injustice, arbitrary treatment and assaults on fundamental security, Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today as the United Nations observed Human Rights Day.

UN missions in Timor-Leste, Afghanistan observe Human Rights Day

The United Nations missions in Timor-Leste and Afghanistan helped those countries observe Human Rights Day today, pledging support for the two nations' effort in promoting basic civil liberties in every day life.

States must fight terrorism while safeguarding human rights, UN official says

Countries have an obligation to fight international terrorism, but in the process they must also protect human rights, Sergio Vieira de Mello, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, said today in an interview with the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).