Tuesday October 22, 2019 19:27

UN HUMAN RIGHTS Press Releases

Indonesia must protect rights of Veronica Koman and others reporting on Papua and West Papua General—16 Sep 19

Indonesia must protect the rights of all people to peaceful protest, ensure access to the internet and protect the rights of human rights defender Veronica Koman and all others reporting on protests in Papua and West Papua, say UN human rights

China/Hong Kong: UN experts urge China to respect protesters rights General—13 Sep 19

UN human rights experts* reacted with alarm to reports of attacks on demonstrators, arrests of activists and human rights defenders, and threats to communications, as protests in Hong Kong entered their third month. The experts welcomed the detailed

Thailand: UN Human Rights Office Recognizes Progress in Enforced Disappearance General—09 Sep 19

The UN Human Rights Office for South-East Asia recognizes the important progress by Thailand's Department of Special Investigation in the enforced disappearance case and recently confirmed murder of Karen community rights activist Pholachi 'Billy'

Human Rights Must Be Front and Centre in Climate Action General—04 Sep 19

Global efforts to confront the wide-ranging effects of climate change must take a human rights-based approach if they are to be effective in dealing with the crisis, the UN Human Rights Offices for the Pacific and for South-East Asia said at the occasion

Myanmar: UN experts concerned by incommunicado detention and torture of ethnic Rakhine men and General—04 Sep 19

UN human rights experts* have expressed grave concerns about the use of incommunicado detention by the military in Myanmar, along with allegations of torture and ill-treatment and deaths in custody since the outbreak of armed conflict in December 2018 in

Mongolia: UN human rights expert visits to examine financial and economic General—30 Aug 19

The UN Independent Expert on foreign debt and human rights, Juan Pablo Bohoslavsky, will conduct an official visit to Mongolia from 2 to 11 September 2019, at the invitation of the Government. "The purpose of the mission is to identify good practices,

Malaysia vastly undercounting poverty, says UN rights expert General—23 Aug 19

Malaysia lays claim to the world's lowest national poverty rate by using an unduly low poverty line that does not reflect the cost of living and by excluding vulnerable populations from its official figures, said UN human rights expert Philip Alston at

No steps taken by India or Pakistan to improve human rights situation in Kashmir General—08 Jul 19

A UN human rights report on the situation in India-Administered Kashmir and Pakistan-Administered Kashmir from May 2018 to April 2019, says the number of civilian casualties reported over the 12-month period may be the highest in over a decade, and noted

Myanmar: Expert calls for continued pressure as situation reaches human rights General—04 Jul 19

A UN human rights expert implored the international community to maintain pressure on Myanmar amid a deterioration of human rights in the country, citing concerns about possible war crimes in Rakhine State, the treatment of minorities, the environment

Cambodia: UN expert calls for open political dialogue for peace and sustainable General—10 May 19

PHNOM PENH – A UN human rights expert urged Cambodians to change the political culture to one of dialogue with a focus on issues rather than people, as a way to move ahead and to create a solid basis for durable peace, sustainable development and

Myanmar: UN human rights experts say terribly concerned about press freedoms and democracyMyanmar: General—09 May 19

UN human rights experts welcomed the news that convicted Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo are back at home with their families in Myanmar, but expressed serious concerns about the judicial process in the country and the fact that their guilty

UN Human Rights Office urges Thailand to enact torture and disappearance General—20 Dec 18

The UN Human Rights Office for South-East Asia calls on the Royal Thai Government to ensure that the proposed law criminalising torture and enforced disappearance fully meets international standards. The Regional Office understands that a draft law has

Next step for Malaysia: #leave no one behind in realising rights to water and General—27 Nov 18

A UN human rights expert has urged the Government of Malaysia to "leave no one behind" and keep a close eye on reducing inequalities in access to water and sanitation services. "Malaysia's performance in the field of water and sanitation is excellent,

UN Committee Against Torture to review Maldives and Viet Nam General—09 Nov 18

The UN Committee Against Torture will meet in Geneva from 12 November to 7 December, 2018 to review six States, including Maldives and Viet Nam. The six States are among the 165 States parties to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or

Malaysia: UN human rights expert on drinking water and sanitation to General—09 Nov 18

The UN expert on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation will visit Malaysia from 14 to 27 November to assess how the country's legal, policy and institutional framework ensures access to drinking water and sanitation from a human rights

UN expert: Civil society is crucial for sustainable development in General—09 Nov 18

A UN human rights expert urged the Cambodian Government to work more closely with civil society groups, and said the best way for the country to achieve a durable peace and sustainable development was to put human rights at the forefront of

70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights Series of events to shine a light on General—06 Nov 18

The UN Human Rights Office on Tuesday announced the start, in mid-November, of "a month of activation," involving events all across the world, leading up to the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the iconic Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR)

Malaysia: UN expert says child marriages must end General—04 Oct 18

A UN human rights expert has urged Malaysian authorities to redouble their efforts to end child marriages, and to establish a robust non-discriminatory child protection system. The UN Special Rapporteur on the sale and sexual exploitation of children,

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