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Iceland to take vacated US seat on Human Rights Council

Iceland has for the first time been elected to the Human Rights Council, filling the seat vacated by the United States, which withdrew from the body last month, citing bias.

IMF wants to change focus on austerity, says UN rights expert

Financial rescue packages offered by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to countries facing economic meltdown, should place less emphasis on cutbacks in future in recognition that the Fund has “gone too far with austerity”, Philip Alston, UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, told Daniel Johnson after presenting his report on the IMF — as well as the United States and Ghana — to the Human Rights Council in Geneva.

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Human Rights Council reform should happen from within, says former Vice-President

Human rights affect everyone and all countries have a responsibility to work together to protect them, Christian Strohal, a former Vice-President of the UN Human Rights Council, told Michelle Kusuma in Geneva, following the United States’ decision to leave it earlier this week citing allegations of long-term bias.

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News in Brief 22 June 2018

  • US migrant children policy reversal ‘fails’ thousands of youngsters already held: UN experts
  • Human rights chief calls for international probe on Venezuela
  • Women’s rights facing global pushback from conservativism, fundamentalism, UN experts warn
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News In Brief 20 June 2018

  • Replacement for United States on Human Rights Council to be elected ‘as soon as possible’
  • UN providing help to civilians fleeing fighting around Yemeni port of Hodeida
  • Conflict and climate change challenge sustainable development effort: UN report
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Replacement for United States on Human Rights Council to be elected ‘as soon as possible’

International reaction to the United States decision to withdraw from the UN Human Rights Council continued on Wednesday with the President of the Geneva-based assembly confirming that the election of a new Member State would take place “as soon as possible” to fill the vacant seat.

UN rights expert chides US government's 'systematic assault' on welfare

The principal strategy for dealing with extreme poverty in the USA is to “criminalise and stigmatise” those who need assistance, according to a United Nations independent human rights expert, in a statement on Tuesday.

News in Brief 04 June 2018

  • World Health Organization (WHO) Global action plan promotes exercise in move to fight disease
  • UN agency, IAEA, ready to play role in North Korea nuclear verification
  • UN expert, Philip Alston, chides Trump administration’s “systematic assault” on welfare
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UN chief honours enduring legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King

Recalling the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who was assassinated 50 years ago today, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres urged the world to build on the civil rights leader’s work for equality and social justice.

Protect the rights of ‘Dreamers,’ UN human rights experts urge US Government

With hundreds of thousands of migrants who arrived in the United States as children facing possible expulsion, a group of United Nations human rights experts has urged the country to take urgent steps to address their situation and ensure that their rights are protected.