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UN’s principal human rights body opens session in Geneva

The United Nations Human Rights Commission opened its fifty-eight session in Geneva today, with UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary Robinson, describing the gathering as the forum at which the most comprehensive debate on the state of human rights around the world takes place.

UN mission chief hails Indonesia's trial of 18 accused of rights abuses in East Timor

The head of the United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET) today welcomed the start in Jakarta of a human rights trial to prosecute 18 suspects accused of perpetrating a wave of violence during the territory's 1999 popular consultation.

Annan backs new report calling for protection of civilians in armed conflict

The United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, today voiced his strong backing for a new report on the protection of civilians in armed conflict – an endeavour he called “critical to the credibility and authority of the international community.”

Robinson advises East Timor constitutional assembly on human rights

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary Robinson, has made a number of recommendations aimed at strengthening and clarifying human rights aspects of the constitution now under debate in East Timor, the UN Transitional Administration (UNTAET) said today.