UN Human Rights Council

New UN rights chief pledges to push back on ‘centuries of prejudice and discrimination’

The UN’s newly appointed High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, intends to push back “centuries of prejudice and discrimination” against vulnerable groups including women and the peoples of the Global South, by pushing for more consensus between Member States, she said on Monday.

News In Brief 13 July 2018

  • UNHCR appeals for aid amid harrowing Eastern DRC violence
  • More than 800,000 displaced face cold and heavy rain in Ethiopia: IOM
  • Yemen: IOM resumes voluntary repatriations from Hudaydah port
  • Iceland to take US seat on Human Rights Council
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News in Brief 27 November 2017 (AM)

UN chief condemns Central African Republic attack

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News in Brief 29 September 2017 – Geneva (AM)

At least 60 Rohingya feared dead in boat tragedy “easily in sight of land”

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Indigenous still face "harsh conditions" despite UN Declaration

A decade after the adoption of a landmark declaration that upholds their rights, indigenous people worldwide still suffer racism, discrimination, unequal access to education and other injustices.

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Women’s health was Finland’s “sensitive issue"

Investing in women’s healthcare as a basic human right in Finland used to be something of a “sensitive issue”, but it has turned out to be a “smart investment”, the country’s former President said at the UN on Tuesday.

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News in Brief 7 June 2017 (AM)

Gender-related killings a form of arbitrary execution: UN human rights expert

A UN human rights expert is calling for gender-related killings to be recognized as a form of arbitrary execution.

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News in Brief 30 March 2017 (PM)

FAO deal promotes sustainable rice production

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News in Brief 29 March 2017 (PM)

Latest Mediterranean tragedy shows value of search-and-rescue: UNHCR

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News in Brief 9 March 2017 (AM)

Security Council condemns terrorist attack on Afghan military hospital

A terrorist attack on a military hospital in Afghanistan on Wednesday has been condemned in the strongest terms by the UN Security Council.

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