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UN experts urge United States to wrap up review of Trayvon Martin case, examine laws

A group of United Nations independent experts today called on the Government of the United States to finalize the ongoing review of the case involving the death of teenager Trayvon Martin, an African –American teenager who was shot in 2012 by a neighbourhood watchman in the state of Florida.

UN independent expert calls on US to ban prolonged, indefinite solitary confinements

As nearly 200 inmates in California detention centres approach their fifth consecutive week on hunger strike against cruel, inhuman and degrading prison conditions, a United Nations right expert today urged the Government of the United States to abolish the use of prolonged or indefinite solitary confinement.

Ban congratulates Ambassador Rice on being named US national security advisor

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today congratulated United States Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice on her appointment as National Security Adviser to her country.

UN human rights chief urges US to close Guantánamo detention centre

The United Nations human rights chief today urged all branches of the United States Government to work together to close the Guantánamo detention centre, stressing that the indefinite incarceration of detainees is a clear breach of international law.

US recreational cannabis use would violate international laws, UN anti-narcotics panel says

Implementing the decisions of popular votes held in the United States in Colorado and Washington to allow for the recreational use of cannabis would be a violation of international laws, the United Nations body tasked with monitoring the production and consumption of narcotics worldwide said today.

Global hotspots top agenda as UN chief meets with new US Secretary of State

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Secretary of State John Kerry held talks in Washington D.C. today on a range of issues, including Syria, Mali and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, with the United Nations chief stressing the importance of United States leadership in tackling global challenges.