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UN human rights expert hails dialogue with Iraq but urges key reforms

While welcoming the fact that he is able to conduct a dialogue with officials in Iraq, a United Nations human rights expert has called on the country to undertake a series of reforms aimed at ending abuses, according to a report to the UN General Assembly released today.

UN expert calls for attention to root causes of racism

Tackling the global problem of racism requires attention to its root causes, a United Nations human rights expert said today.

UN expert urges speedy action to fight global hunger

Voicing outrage that millions of people around the world still suffer from hunger, a United Nations expert has urged speedy action by governments and the UN system to meet the target of cutting the number of chronically malnourished people in half.

Progress in Sierra Leone peace process enables more human rights work, UN reports

Sierra Leone’s remarkable progress in implementing the peace process has opened up human rights work in the country to address past abuses and violations, advocacy, capacity building, education and institution building, according to a new report by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Top UN rights official pledges support for strengthening Africa's human rights system

Marking the anniversary of the entry into force of a key civil liberties accord for Africa, the top United Nations human rights official today pledged support for the continent's pursuit of "dignity, equality and security."

Colombia: UN human rights office condemns forced displacement of indigenous people

The office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights today condemned the forced displacement of some 800 indigenous people following threats by the rebel Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).

Myanmar: UN human rights expert set to visit later this week

A United Nations expert is set to travel to Myanmar later this week for talks with government officials and civil society representatives about the country’s human rights situation.

UN rights official condemns Bali bomb attack, pledges support for anti-terrorism fight

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights today strongly condemned Saturday's deadly attack in Bali, Indonesia, and pledged his full support for efforts to root out terrorism.

South Africa: UN rights expert calls for action to stem apparent rise in child exploitation

A United Nations human rights expert has called for urgent action to stem an apparent increase in sexual violence against children in South Africa.

UN expert on judiciary set to visit Saudi Arabia later this month

A United Nations human rights expert is set to visit Saudi Arabia later this month, the first time an authority from the Geneva-based UN Commission on Human Rights has been invited by the government for an official mission.