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UN chief appeals for urgent action to reverse ‘downward spiral’ in Central Sahel

New York: The world must act now to reverse the situation in Africa’s central Sahel region, where humanitarian needs are at “a breaking point”, UN Secretary-General António Guterres told a high-level conference on Tuesday to address the burgeoning crisis.

Rape is wrong but death penalty, castration, not the answer: UN rights chief

New York: While perpetrators of rape and other forms of sexual violence must be held accountable, capital punishment and torture are not the answer, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said on Thursday.

Gilgit-Baltistan: Massive protest demands release of political prisoners

Quetta: Demanding release of political prisoners, a massive protest was held in Gilgit-Baltistan area of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) recently.

New report highlights value of UN’s human rights work in the field

New York: The UN’s work in promoting dialogue between Arabic and Kurdish groups in Iraq is just one example of how human rights personnel are playing a critical role at the Organization’s peace operations around the world. 

Lahore HC acquits Christian man, human rights group appreciates

Lahore: The Lahore High Court recently acquitted a Christian man who was sentenced to death on blasphemy charges six years ago, earning appreciation from rights groups like Human Rights Focus Pakistan (HRFP).

Iraq urged to investigate attacks on women human rights defenders

New York: UN-appointed independent rights experts have urged the Iraqi authorities to investigate the murder of a female human rights defender, and the attempted killing of another, targeted “simply because they are women”.

‘Eyes and ears’ of Human Rights Council facing funding crisis

New York: The work of UN-appointed independent rights experts is at risk from a critical lack of funding, they warned on Monday.

Human rights, multilateralism and battling COVID-19, top focus of European Union

New York: The European Union has been at the forefront of international cooperation to defeat “the same common enemy”, COVID-19, the President of the European Council, told the UN General Assembly on Friday.

PoK human rights abuse: Activist Shabir Choudhry expresses discontent on UK lawmaker’s silence

London: A key political activist from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) Shabir Choudhry has expressed his displeasure over UK’s Labour MP Debbie Abrahams’ ‘silence’ on the recent attack on peaceful protesters by the Pakistani consulate in Bradford.

H&M joins global clamour in ending alleged human rights abuses in China's Xinjiang

Stockholm: Swedish clothing icon H&M has said it will not buy raw materials from China's Xinjiang region as it suspected the use of 'forced labour'.

US to stop exports from Xinjiang citing China's human rights abuses

Washington/UNI: US will take steps to block some exports from China's Xinjiang region, over the country's alleged human rights abuses directed mostly against the Muslim Uighur minority of the region.

Rise to the occasion to tackle injustice, Bachelet urges Human Rights Council

New York: UN Member States gathered in person in Geneva on Monday for a new session of the Human Rights Council, where UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet urged countries to “rise to the occasion” to tackle injustice everywhere.

Pakistan must end enforced disappearance of human rights defender: UN Experts

Geneva/IBNS: UN human rights experts on Friday called on the Pakistani authorities to end the secret detention of human rights defender Idris Khattak, who has not been heard from in more than nine months.

Deliberate silencing of peaceful voices in Iraq ‘unacceptable’, says UN human rights chief

New York: A new UN report launched on Thursday highlights human rights violations and abuses that were committed during recent demonstrations in Iraq and calls for immediate action for justice.

Human rights are the ‘means by which governments can successfully beat pandemics’, says UNAIDS chief

New York: Some of the world’s most marginalized and defenseless communities have fallen victim to violence and other rights abuses during the COVID-19 pandemic, prompting the UN agency dedicated to tackling the AIDS virus to urge Governments to protect the most vulnerable, particularly key populations at higher risk of HIV.