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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.

United States: Planned execution of seriously ill man may amount to torture, warn UN experts

Two United Nations human rights experts have urged the Government of the United States to halt the execution a seriously ill person stressing that given his health condition, the use of lethal injection could possibly amount to torture.

News in Brief 14 February 2018

  • UN launches recovery and resilience programme for Iraq
  • UNICEF readies to support Pacific countries affected by Cyclone Gita
  • US urged to protect rights of migrant activist facing deportation
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‘American Dream’ quickly becoming an ‘illusion,’ says UN human rights expert

The number of Americans living in poverty and the already high income inequality could worsen further in the days to come, making the United States the most unequal society in the world, the United Nations expert on extreme poverty and human rights warned Friday.

News in Brief 06 December 2017 (PM)

“No Plan B” for Middle East Peace Process: UN chief

The UN Secretary-General has reiterated his belief that there is “no alternative” to the two-State solution for Israelis and Palestinians.

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UN chief extends condolences to bereaved families in wake of ‘horrific’ shooting in Texas church

Deeply saddened to learn of the horrific shooting in a Baptist church in the small town of Sutherland Springs, Texas, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Monday extended his condolences to the bereaved families and to the Government and people of the United States.