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Bring human rights to discussion tables and into decisions at Davos, UN experts urge

New York, Jan 25 (JEN): With world leaders converging in Davos, Switzerland, for the annual World Economic Forum, a group of United Nations human rights experts has called on government and business leaders to use the occasion to decide on concrete actions to bring about positive change.

Human rights challenges in Libya ‘massive, but not insurmountable,’ UN rights chief says after visit

New York, Oct 13(Just Earth News): After a brief mission to Libya, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on Thursday said the Government “can and should” lead efforts to urgently address arbitrary detention, torture and other grave violations that must be brought to an end in the crisis-torn North African country.

Human rights community mourns passing of Sir Nigel Rodley, former UN rights expert

New York, Jan 27 (Just Earth News): Expressing sadness at the passing of noted rights icon, Sir Nigel Rodley, the United Nations human rights wing today recalled the contributions of one of the “best known public faces, and most eloquent voices” of the UN Human Rights Committee.

'Every migrant is a human being with human rights,' says UN chief on International Day

New York, Dec 18 (Just Earth News): Despite appearances and media spin, "migration does not have to be chaotic or seem like an invasion," and as yet another turbulent year for millions of people on the move comes to an end, the United Nations is marking International Migrants Day with a worldwide call for more cooperation and a resolute rejection of intolerance and policies driven by xenophobic rhetoric.

Central African Republic: Arbitrary killings, sexual violence cited in new UN human rights report

New York, Dec 15 (Just Earth News): Central African Republic: Arbitrary killings, sexual violence cited in new UN human rights report Violations and abuses of international human rights and humanitarian law in the Central African Republic (CAR), which include arbitrary killings, sexual violence and inhuman treatment, continue to plague the country, according to a United Nations report published today.

Human rights expert group concludes first visit to South Sudan

New York, Sept 17 (Just Earth News): Concluding its first visit to South Sudan, a United Nations-mandated human rights mission on Friday expressed deep concern over rights violations and the slow implementation of the August 2015 peace agreement between rival political factions.

UN rights chief calls for international probe into alleged violations in Yemen

New York, Aug 25 (Just Earth News): Underlining the seriousness of alleged breaches of international humanitarian law and international human rights law in Yemen, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has called on the international community to establish an international, independent body to carry out comprehensive investigations in the country.

UN experts press Turkey to adhere to human rights obligations despite state of emergency

New York, Aug 20 (Just Earth News): United Nations human rights experts on Friday urged Turkey to uphold its obligations under international human rights law despite the attempted mid-July coup and during the subsequent state of emergency.

Ban urges Turkish authorities to respect constitutional order, human rights amid state of emergency

New York, July 22 (Just Earth News): Following the declaration of a three-month state of emergency in Turkey as a result of an attempted military coup late last week, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged Turkish authorities to ensure that constitutional order and international human rights law are fully respected.

Bahrain: UN rights office concerned at crackdown on human rights and political opposition groups

New York, June 21 (Just Earth News):Concerned at the intensification of a crackdown on free expression and association, and the right to a nationality in Bahrain, the United Nations human rights office on Tuesday urged the Government to ensure those rights are protected in line with the country’s obligations under international law and that civil society activists do not face undue pressure, intimidation or reprisals for their work.

State-owned enterprises must be ‘role model’ in respecting human rights – UN report

New York, June 18 (Just Earth News):A United Nations expert group on Friday said that State-owned enterprises (SOEs) must lead by example in respecting human rights, noting that Governments often ask private businesses to respect human rights, but forget to mind their own business.

Investigate killing of rights activist, says Human Rights Watch

Islamabad, May 10 (IBNS) Pakistani authorities should conduct a prompt and impartial investigation into the killing of human rights activist Khurram Zaki and appropriately prosecute those responsible, Human Rights Watch said today. Zaki, 40, had been publicly critical of extremist cleric Abdul Aziz and militant sectarian groups.

Allegations of sexual abuse made against UN peacekeepers in Central African Republic

New York, Jan 6 (Just Earth News/IBNS): The United Nations is investigating new allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse and other misconduct by peacekeepers in the Central African Republic (CAR), this time by forces under the world body’s flag, the top UN official there said on Tuesday, as further steps are being put in place to combat the scourge.

Venezuela: UN official calls for more safety after political opponent killing

New York, Nov 28 (Just Earth News/IBNS): The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, on Friday called on Venezuelan authorities to ensure that political opponents, human rights defenders and others facing threats in relation to their work are adequately protected.

Human rights must be at the heart of historic election period in Myanmar: UN expert

New York, Oct 30 (IBNS): A United Nations independent expert on Thursday called on all those in positions of authority in Myanmar to ensure that respect for the human rights of all must be at the core of the historic elections due to take place in 10 days' time.