Special Rapporteurs

Speaking truth to power: the UN experts fighting for global human rights

Fearless. Plain-speaking. Critical. Courageous. Unflinching. Unfair. Biased. Manipulative. These are some of the adjectives used to describe the Human Rights Council experts who fan out across the world to research, hold consultations and gather information on a vast range of human rights violations.

‘Deep inconsistencies’ over how States treat terror suspects’ families: UN rights expert

Some countries are defining “whomever they like” as terrorists and exhibiting “deep and problematic” inconsistencies over how they treat family members of suspected extremists in places like northeast Syria and Iraq. That’s according to Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, the UN independent human rights expert dealing with counter-terrorism.en.

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Monsanto ruling a ‘substantial warning’ to agrochemical giants: UN expert

A California court’s decision to award $289 million to a dying man after finding that agrochemical giant Monsanto did not warn people that its products can cause cancer, is a “substantial warning” to industry,  Hilal Elver, who is UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food, said on Wednesday.  She spoke with UN News's Daniel Johnson.

 

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Monsanto lawsuit ruling a ‘significant recognition’ of victims’ human rights, say UN rights experts

The court decision to award nearly $290 million to a terminally-ill man from the United States who claimed his cancer was caused by a herbicide in a commercial weed killer, has been welcomed by two United Nations human rights experts as a “significant recognition” of the responsibilities that chemical companies have to consumers.