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News in Brief 29 May 2020

  • UN’s rights chief condemns ‘caste’ killing in Nepal
  • UN human rights office welcomes online action to remove misinformation
  • Nine in 10 smokers start before they are 18 years old, warns WHO
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US must take ‘serious action’ to halt police killings of unarmed African Americans

The UN human rights chief on Thursday condemned the killing of 46-year-old George Floyd while in police custody in the city of Minneapolis, calling it the latest in “a long line of killings of unarmed African Americans by US police officers and members of the public”.

US states ‘manipulating’ COVID-19 pandemic to restrict abortion access, rights experts charge

Independent UN human rights experts fear that some authorities in the United States are using the COVID-19 pandemic to restrict access to abortion, with at least eight states suspending procedures deemed medically unnecessary.