UN human rights panel opens annual session in Geneva

A United Nations expert panel on the promotion and protection of human rights opened its annual session today in Geneva, with women's rights, sexual slavery and discrimination against indigenous peoples high on its agenda.

Deputy Secretary-General urges renewed political commitment to children's rights

As government representatives gathered in New York to lay the groundwork for an upcoming forum on children's rights, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Louise Fréchette today urged a renewed political push to meet the needs of the world's young people.

New UNICEF report shows progress - and setbacks - in fight for children's rights

The world has achieved significant progress over the past decade in reaching international goals for helping children, but setbacks along the way threaten to undermine earlier gains, according to a report released today by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).

UN Assembly approves extension of Mary Robinson's appointment as rights chief

The United Nations General Assembly today approved the extension of Mary Robinson's appointment as UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Elections to UN's main human rights body discussed at Annan's cabinet meeting

The recent session of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights and the loss by the United States of its seat on the panel during last week's elections featured prominently today during cabinet-level discussions at UN Headquarters in New York, according to a UN spokesman.

14 new members elected to UN's main human rights body

The United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) today elected 14 new members to the Geneva-based Commission on Human Rights, the major UN body working to promote and protect human rights.

UN mission to open new human rights office in eastern Sierra Leone

The United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL) is set to open a new human rights office in the eastern part of the country to promote the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and to help instil a culture of human rights.

UN panel completes three-week review of human rights in five countries

A United Nations panel of independent experts meeting in New York today completed a three-week review of human rights conditions in Croatia, the Dominican Republic, Syria, Uzbekistan and Venezuela.

Annan prevails on Robinson to stay on as UN's top rights official for one more year

Secretary-General Kofi Annan has prevailed on Mary Robinson, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, to remain in that office for an additional year, despite her previous decision to leave the post.