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Protect human rights defenders in Afghanistan, says UN rights expert

New Delhi: Afghanistan faces a “cultural disaster”, following the fall of Kabul to Taliban forces, a UN Special Rapporteur said on Tuesday, in a statement urging countries to provide urgent assistance to human rights defenders, including those working on women’s and cultural rights, as well as artists, trying to flee the country.

Alexei Navalny poisoning must get independent probe, says UN’s Bachelet

New York: UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet on Tuesday urged Russia to carry out or cooperate with a rapid and transparent criminal investigation into the poisoning of opposition activist Alexei Navalny.  

Connecticut prison warning: Prolonged solitary confinement may ‘amount to torture’, UN expert warns

New York/IBNS: The “excessive use” of solitary confinement by the prison service in the US state of Connecticut, prompted an independent UN human rights expert to voice alarm on Friday.

Situation in central Mali ‘deteriorating’ as violence, impunity rise, UN rights expert warns

New York/IBNS: The growing violence has contributed to a deteriorating security situation in central Mali, with impunity being one of the aggravating factors, an independent UN human rights expert warned on Friday.

US pardons for accused war criminals, contrary to international law: UN rights office

New York/IBNS: A presidential pardon for two United States soldiers accused of war crimes, and a sentence reduction for a third, “run against the letter and the spirit of international law which requires accountability for such violations”, the United Nations human rights wing said on Tuesday.

With half of Somaliland children not in school, UNICEF and partners launch education access programme

New York, July 14 (IBNS): Access to education in Somaliland is extremely limited, with more than 50 per cent of children in Somaliland out of school. In an effort to address the problem, the UN children’s fund, UNICEF, has partnered with the government, and the global fund Education Cannot Wait, to launch a programme designed to help children affected by ongoing crises in the country.

New UN rights chief pledges to push back on ‘centuries of prejudice and discrimination’

New York, Sept 11 (IBNS): The UN’s newly appointed High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, intends to push back “centuries of prejudice and discrimination” against vulnerable groups including women and the peoples of the Global South, by pushing for more consensus between Member States, she said on Monday.

Children ‘as young as one’ involved in US separation of migrant families – UN rights office

New York, June 6 (IBNS): The current policy in the United States of separating “extremely young children” from their asylum-seeker or migrant parents along the country’s southern border “always constitutes a child rights violation”, the UN human rights office, OHCHR, said on Tuesday.