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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.

US must improve COVID-19 strategy to keep tens of millions from falling into poverty, urges rights expert

The United States must take urgent additional steps to prevent tens of millions of middle-class Americans hit by the COVID-19 pandemic from being “plunged into poverty”, according to an independent UN human rights expert.

WHO reviewing impact of US funding withdrawal amid COVID-19 pandemic

The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday upheld the importance of international solidarity in tackling the COVID-19 pandemic: a “dangerous enemy” to all humanity.

Now is ‘not the time’ to reduce funding for the World Health Organization in COVID-19 fight, urges Guterres

Now is a time for unity in the global battle to push the COVID-19 pandemic into reverse, not a time to cut the resources of the World Health Organization (WHO), which is spearheading and coordinating the global body’s efforts, said UN chief António Guterres, on Tuesday.

US Israel-Palestinian peace plan a ‘mockery’, upends long-standing consensus – International Conference hears

The United States’ announcement of a new vision for ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, touted as the “Deal of the Century”, is a “mockery”, the Prime Minister of Malaysia told an international conference in Kuala Lumpur on Friday.

Connecticut prison warning: Prolonged solitary confinement may ‘amount to torture’, UN expert warns

The “excessive use” of solitary confinement by the prison service in the US state of Connecticut, prompted an independent UN human rights expert to voice alarm on Friday.

UN underlines need for dialogue to resolve Israel-Palestine conflict

Rising tensions and instability across the globe, particularly in the Middle East, underscore the need to resolve the decades-long conflict between Israelis and Palestinians, the UN Secretary-General told the Security Council on Tuesday.

US Middle East peace plan ‘lopsided’, says independent UN rights expert

A United States plan released this week to resolve the decades-long conflict between Israelis and Palestinians is “lopsided” and will only entrench occupation, an independent UN human rights expert said on Friday.