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Afghanistan remains difficult place to be a woman: UN special envoy

Afghanistan remains one of the most difficult places in the world to be a woman, although the country has taken steps to advance women’s rights.

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UN rights chief warns of 'preventable calamities' and 'worrying' trends in more than 50 countries

In a wide-ranging opening speech to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, the UN rights chief sheds a light on “preventable calamities” and worrying trends around the world, including detailed concerns about the situation in more than 50 countries.

Human rights treaties are 'bedrock of sound governance,' says top UN official marking 50th anniversary

Marking 50 years since the unanimous adoption of two United Nations human rights treaties – respectively promoting respect for civil and political, and economic, social and cultural rights – a top UN official today said the landmark covenants have helped extend rights to people crushed by tyranny and discrimination for generations.

UN deputy chief urges Member States to make 'responsibility to protect' a reality

The principle of “responsibility to protect,” a call for putting into action legal commitments to protect populations from atrocity crimes, has seen mixed results since its inception in 2005, the United Nations deputy chief said today, urging the international community to make the protection of populations from such heinous acts “a living reality.”

At Cambridge, Ban says universality of human rights is key to preventing crises of 21st century

Warning of “a strong sense that that we are off track and in a deep mess,” United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on the world to move from a pattern of reaction to crises to a culture of prevention, with a heightened focus on the universality of human rights in tackling the “mega-crises” of the 21st century.

Prohibition of enforced disappearance is 'absolute,' UN declares, urging action to ramp-up searches for missing

Marking the fourth International Day of Enforced Disappearances, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon denounced the “alarming” number of acts by that are tantamount to enforced disappearances and appealed to all Member States to ratify or accede to the legal instrument prohibiting such acts.

FEATURE: Dancer's story highlights importance of right to free expression

In New York on Wednesday night, the director and stars of Desert Dancer, a film about the life and experiences of Afshin Ghaffarian, joined United Nations representatives and the public for a special screening ahead of the film's opening today at the AMC Lowe's Lincoln Square theater and the Landmark Sunshine Cinema in New York.

Pepsi joins Coke in support of UN-backed guidelines on local peoples’ right to land, livelihoods

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced today that PepsiCo has joined the Coca-Cola Company in giving its official support to a set of global guidelines that protect the rights of poor and vulnerable people to land, livelihoods and food security.

UN rights expert calls on Viet Nam to ensure pluralistic cultural expression

Now that Viet Nam has made great strides in economic development, it is time to increase opportunities for public debate and better protect ethnic, artistic and academic freedom of expression, an independent United Nations human rights expert said today.

UN rights office names hip-hop duo Macklemore and Ryan Lewis ‘equality champions’

The United Nations campaign promoting greater respect for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons worldwide got a boost today from rapper Macklemore and music producer Ryan Lewis, who have been designated Equality Champions.