Governments must do more to protect human rights defenders: Expert
New York: Officials in many countries “vilify and target” human rights defenders instead of recognizing the crucial work they do to help build fairer societies, a UN-appointed independent expert said on Wednesday.
Too many nations failing to investigate torture cases, UN expert says
New York: States must be “primary responders” in torture cases, to end impunity and bring justice on behalf of victims, a UN independent expert told the Human Rights Council on Tuesday.
Rising humanitarian needs require political will, increased funding: UN relief chief
New York: As humanitarian needs spiral across the world, political will and funding are required to address war, climate change and other drivers, the UN relief chief said on Monday.
Power of sport to counter violent extremism amplified at UN
New York: Sport can change the world, famous footballers and grassroots gamechangers alike said at a roundtable discussion on Monday, highlighting a new UN podcast series to mark the first International Day for the Prevention of Violent Extremism, as and when Conducive to Terrorism.
Systemic racism within UK criminal justice system a serious concern: UN human rights experts
Racism in the United Kingdom is “structural, institutional and systemic”, independent UN human rights experts said on Friday, warning that people of African descent in the country continue to encounter discrimination and erosion of their fundamental rights.
Myanmar mired ever deeper in crisis as human rights spiral backwards, warns Türk
New York: Nearly two years on from Myanmar’s brutal military coup against the democratically-elected government, the country has sunk deeper than ever into crisis, undergoing a wholesale regression in human rights, UN human rights chief Volker Türk said on Friday.
Human rights must be defended in the fight against terrorism: UN chief
New York: UN Secretary-General António Guterres has warned that the fight against terrorism will never succeed if we perpetuate the “denial and destruction” of human rights.
No compromise in engagement with world: Taliban Minister of Afghanistan
Kabul: Taliban Acting Minister of Vice and Virtue, Mohammad Khalid Hanafi, on Sunday, said the Afghanistan government is ready to engage with the international community, but the world should not seek any compromise with the caretaker government.
ASEAN States ‘well-placed’ to advance human rights, freedoms and a strong global economy
New York: As “deepening divisions” threaten global peace and security, “dangerous rhetoric” is raising nuclear tensions, the UN chief told a meeting of Asian leaders in Cambodia on Friday.
Human rights belong at the heart of climate change debate, urges Türk
New York: Humanity’s basic right to life is being threatened by insufficient action in the face of the climate emergency, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Türk warned on Wednesday.
Protests held worldwide against Chinese atrocities on National Day of China
Several civil society organisations on Saturday (Oct 1) staged demonstrations on the National Day of China (PRC) in different cities across the globe against the Chinese government's atrocities and human rights violations.
Human rights: Inflation threatens everyone’s right to development
Rising global inflation is expected to hit emerging and developing economies particularly hard this year, adding to a “confluence of crises” that threatens us all, the UN’s acting human rights chief has warned.
Stand in ‘firm solidarity’ with victims of violence based on religion or belief, urges UN chief
New York: On the International Day for victims of acts of violence based on religion or belief, commemorated on Monday, the UN chief reiterated his staunch support for those who have suffered.
UN Committee against Torture: Focus on Botswana, Nicaragua, Palestine, United Arab Emirates
New York: The UN Committee against Torture on Friday concluded its current session by releasing findings on Botswana, Nicaragua, the State of Palestine and the United Arab Emirates
Human rights crackdowns in Libya having ‘a seriously chilling effect’
New York: A deepening crackdown on civil society in Libya, has prompted the concern of the UN human rights office, which noted on Friday that arbitrary arrests and a campaign of social media vilification are having “a seriously chilling effect on human rights defenders, humanitarian workers, and other civil society actors.”