Wednesday September 19, 2018 12:44

UN HUMAN Press Releases

Myanmar: UN report details silencing by law of independent journalism General—11 Sep 18

A host of ill-defined laws has been used in Myanmar to exert control over independent journalism across the country, including in Kachin, Shan and Rakhine states, a UN human rights report on freedom of expression in the country has found. The report

UN Human Rights Chief applauds Indian Supreme Court decision to decriminalize same-sex General—07 Sep 18

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Friday applauded the decision by the Indian Supreme Court to decriminalize consensual same sex relations. "This is a great day for India and for all those who believe in the universality of

The Philippines: UN experts urge further action to remove names on Governments terror General—20 Aug 18

UN human rights experts* have welcomed a ruling in the Philippines declaring that the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, is a non-party to the government's recent petition which seeks to declare the New

Pakistan must repeal discriminatory measures leading to persecution of Ahmadis, say UN General—25 Jul 18

The Government of Pakistan must repeal discriminatory provisions in its electoral law which is leading to members of the Ahmadiyya minority being persecuted and targeted in violent attacks, say two UN human rights experts*. "With national elections

Myanmar: UN experts gravely concerned by court charges against Reuters General—11 Jul 18

UN human rights experts* expressed grave concern after a court in Myanmar officially charged two Reuters journalists under the 1923 Official Secrets Act in connection with their investigations into a massacre at Inn Din village, Rakhine State. "We

Critical time to welcome refugees, says UN rights expert General—20 Jun 18

The world must act now to help those forced to leave their homes by overwhelming circumstancessays a UN rights expert. In a statement to mark World Refugee Day, the UN Special Rapporteur on minority issues, Fernand de Varennes, is urging people to

The UN Human Rights Office for South-East Asia published a post on Facebook General—14 Jun 18

The UN Human Rights Office for South-East Asia is concerned with the passing of the controversial Cyber Security Law by the National Assembly on Tuesday, which contains a number of provisions that are in contravention with Viet Nam's obligations under

First-ever UN human rights report on Kashmir calls for international inquiry into multiple General—14 Jun 18

There is an urgent need to address past and ongoing human rights violations and abuses and deliver justice for all people in Kashmir, who for seven decades have suffered a conflict that has claimed or ruined numerous lives, a report by the UN Human

Killings of suspected drug offenders in Bangladesh must stop UN Human Rights General—07 Jun 18

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein on Wednesday condemned the alleged extra-judicial killings of suspected drug offenders in Bangladesh and urged the authorities to ensure that these serious human rights violations are

UN housing expert calls for human rights shift in South Korea General—23 May 18

United Nations expert, Leilani Farha, urged national and local governments of South Korea to shift their approach to housing and homelessness to meet current human rights standards. Leilani Farha, the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate

Japan: Benefit cuts threaten social protection of the poor, UN rights experts General—24 May 18

UN human rights experts* are urging the Government of Japan to review a series of planned benefit cuts which threaten the minimum social protection for the poor, particularly those with disabilities, single parents and their children, and older people

Judicial independence in Philippines is under threat, says UN human rights General—01 Jun 18

A UN human rights expert has expressed grave concerns about public threats issued against the Philippines' Chief Justice by the country's President, saying her dismissal, that followed those threats, is sending a chilling message to other supreme court

The UN Human Rights Office calls on Thailand to end restrictions on activists raising critical General—02 May 18

The UN Human Rights Office for South-East Asia is concerned by the restrictions imposed on civil society groups on Labor Day in relation the rights freedom of expression and freedom of assembly. "As party to the International Covenant on Civil and

Mongolia: UN expert urges government to remedy water and sanitation issues in rural and #Ger General—20 Apr 18

A UN human rights expert has urged the Government of Mongolia to address the inequalities in access to drinking water and sanitation, saying most of those living in rural areas and peri-urban areas ('Ger' areas) do not have adequate access to safe water

Let ex-President run, UN Human Rights Committee demands of Maldives General—17 Apr 18

Maldives must restore ex-President Mohamed Nasheed's right to stand for office, including the office of President, the UN Human Rights Committee concluded in a finding made public today. The finding of violations of human rights was made in response to

UN experts urge Thailand to show leadership on business and human rights General—04 Apr 18

A team of UN experts today presented its preliminary observations on steps that should be taken by the Royal Thai Government and businesses to improve corporate respect for human rights and to strengthen access to effective remedies. "We welcome the

Vietnam: UN experts concerned by threats against factory workers and labour General—21 Mar 18

UN human rights experts* express their concern about reports that women workers at two Samsung Electronics factories in Viet Nam, as well as labour activists, have been subjected to intimidation and harassment after they raised concerns about working

UN Human Rights Office condemns execution for drug-related offences in General—16 Mar 18

The UN Human Rights Office for South-East Asia condemns the execution of Singaporean national Hishamrudin bin Mohd for a drug-related offence this morning, expressing concerns that he had not been able to file a clemency petition. "Under international

Cambodia at a crossroads UN expert calls on Government to choose path of human General—14 Mar 18

The UN expert on the human rights situation in Cambodia has expressed serious concerns about restrictions on the media, freedom of expression and political participation ahead of a national election in July, calling on the Government to choose the path

Myanmar: UN expert calls for accountability over violence in Rakhine General—13 Mar 18

The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, Yanghee Lee, told the Human Rights Council on Monday she was increasingly of the opinion that the events in Rakhine State bear the hallmarks of genocide and called in the strongest

Accusations against UN expert a retaliation by Philippines, say fellow General—09 Mar 18

UN human rights experts have expressed grave concerns about terrorism accusations levelled against the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, a Philippine national. The legal petition listing her name is an

Myanmar: Senior UN human rights official decries continued ethnic cleansing in Rakhine General—06 Mar 18

"The ethnic cleansing of Rohingya from Myanmar continues. I don't think we can draw any other conclusion from what I have seen and heard in Cox's Bazar," said Andrew Gilmour, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, at the end of a four-day visit

UN human rights expert to visit Cambodia from 5-14 March General—02 Mar 18

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights in Cambodia, Rhona Smith, will visit the country from 5 to 14 March 2018, at the invitation of the Royal Government. During her 10-day visit, the expert plans to meet senior officials, representatives

Senior UN Human Rights Official to visit Coxs Bazar General—02 Mar 18

UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Andrew Gilmour is due to visit Cox's Bazar and Dhaka in Bangladesh between 2 and 5 March. Gilmour will be in Cox's Bazar from 2 to 4 March, where he will visit camps housing Rohingya refugees from Myanmar

UN Human Rights Chief ends visit to Indonesia Full statement General—07 Feb 18

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein today closed at a press conference his official visits to Indonesia from 5 to 7 February. "There are some dark clouds on the horizon but I am encouraged by the positive momentum and hope the

UN Human Rights Chief to visit Indonesia (5-7 Feb), Papua New Guinea (8 Feb) and Fiji (9-12 General—02 Feb 18

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein on Monday begins official visits to Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and Fiji, at the invitation of the respective governments. From 5 to 7 February, High Commissioner Zeid will be in Jakarta, where

UN human rights expert laments tragic sense of dej? vu in Myanmar, says refugee returns General—02 Feb 18

The UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Myanmar, Yanghee Lee, lamented the decades long cycle of violence perpetuated by the authorities against ethnic minorities in Myanmar, including Rohingya Muslims, and said talk of repatriating