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Interception no solution to address migrants crossing English Channel

Intercepting boats full of migrants attempting to cross the English Channel, is not the solution to deter them from attempting to reach the United Kingdom, UN agencies have stressed, warning that deployment of large naval vessels to block small, flimsy dinghies could lead to fatal incidents.

UN independent expert welcomes UK court decision to allow Shamima Begum to fight for citizenship 

Radicalized on British soil as a London schoolgirl, an independent UN expert welcomed a Court of Appeal ruling in the United Kingdom on Thursday, to allow 20-year-old Shamima Begum to return home from Syria to challenge the Government’s removal of her citizenship.

Brexit poses ‘particular risk’ to British people in poverty: UN independent expert

Brexit – the United Kingdom’s impending exit from the European Union – will drive more UK citizens into poverty unless the Government takes action to shield the most vulnerable, warned Philip Alston, the UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, in a damning statement released on Friday.

UN expert warns of 'stark increase' in hate crimes across UK, post-Brexit vote

Sounding an alarm over a “stark increase” in hate crimes across the United Kingdom as well as “widespread discrimination” faced by ethnic minorities, a United Nations independent rights expert has called on the country to “comprehensively” combat racism and bias.

UN rights experts voice concerns about ‘structural racism’ in United Kingdom

United Nations human rights experts have expressed serious concerns about racism rooted in the fabric of the United Kingdom’s society, given the disproportionate number of people of African descent and of ethnic minorities dying due to excessive use of force by State security.

UN must reform, ‘win our trust’ by proving it can deliver, UK leader tells General Assembly

The world is currently facing a raft of challenges “that test who we are,” the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom told the General Assembly, noting that while many, such as terrorism – which struck her country five times this year – did not recognize international borders, they could be addressed by a strong, agile United Nations that upholds global order and values

Politics prevailed over promises by France and UK in handling of children at Calais ‘Jungle’ – UN experts

The Governments of France and the United Kingdom fell seriously short of their obligations under the international child rights convention by inadequately handling the situation of minors living at the Calais migrant camp in France, the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child has said.

Touring ‘Hamlet’ troupe marks Shakespeare’s birth, Security Council’s new presidency

Encompassing political intrigue, obsession and violence, William Shakespeare’s tragedy ‘Hamlet’ is being re-enacted today at the United Nations headquarters in New York by a roving troupe from the renowned Globe Theatre Company from London.

Recent measures in the United Kingdom are eroding right to affordable housing – UN expert

Various measures implemented in recent years by the British Government are eroding the right to affordable housing in the United Kingdom, a United Nations independent expert said today.

Praising ‘Iron Lady,’ Ban says ‘We will owe a great deal to her leadership’

A ‘pioneering leader’ and a ‘great model’ are among the praises Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon bestowed on Baroness Margaret Thatcher today following news of the death of the former British Prime Minister known as the ‘Iron Lady,’ as he expressed his deepest condolences to her family and country.