UN Special Rapporteur

Rights expert urges greater protection for mass graves: proof of ‘heinous events’

More action must be taken to protect mass graves, which provide proof of “heinous events” that must never be forgotten, an independent UN human rights expert has said, in an appeal to the international community. 

Misuse of terrorism laws during conflict creates ‘unmitigated calamity’

The misuse of terrorism laws during conflict situations often leads to an “unmitigated calamity” on the ground, an independent UN expert has warned. 

Israel/Palestine war crimes probe ‘momentous step forward’, says UN rights expert

An independent UN human rights expert hailed on Tuesday, the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) decision to consider a formal criminal investigation into allegations of war crimes in Palestine as a "momentous step forward in the quest for accountability" in the five-decade-long Israeli occupation.

'Peace, dialogue' and diplomacy needed over DPRK: UN expert

The Security Council has to be careful not to negatively impact “ordinary people” in North Korea through sanctions aimed at stopping its nuclear weapons programme.

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Eritrea’s future “is walking away” in refugee exodus says UN expert

Eritrea’s future is literally “walking away” in the form of young refugees fleeing the country.

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Inequality behind food access discrepancy in Paraguay: Human rights expert

Despite a decade of impressive economic growth in Paraguay, 10 per cent of citizens there are facing hunger and malnutrition.

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Countries urged not to “turn back” on Afghanistan

Afghanistan is being asked to intensify efforts to meet the needs of hundreds of thousands of its citizens who have been displaced due to ongoing insecurity in the country.

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Attacks on medical facilities “shocking hallmark” of Syria crisis

Direct targeting of medical facilities and staff has become a “shocking hallmark” of the Syrian conflict.

That’s according to an international human rights expert, citing figures which show that more than 700 health workers have been killed since fighting broke out in March 2011.

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“Historic racial targeting” in the US is “dangerous” for peaceful assembly

The ‘historic racial targeting by police’ can be dangerous for citizens’ rights to peacefully assemble in the United States.

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Privatizing Liberia’s education “a gross violation” of rights

Outsourcing Liberia’s primary school system to a private company would be a “violation of the right to education.”

That’s the view of the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to education, Kishore Singh.

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