Tuesday November 13, 2018 23:41

UN RIGHTS Press Releases

Sale and sexual exploitation of children: UN rights expert launches visit to General—21 Sep 18

During an official visit to the country from 24 September to 1 October, the UN Special Rapporteur on the sale and sexual exploitation of children will examine to what extent and how Malaysia is engaged in preventing and combating these issues. "I will

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

Afghanistan: Senior UN rights official urges more action to end attacks on General—11 May 18

UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Andrew Gilmour has welcomed what he called the "undeniable commitment" by the Afghan Government to improve what has long been a dire human rights situation. But he voiced concern at the lack of

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

UN rights experts call on Iran to annul death sentence against Ramin Hossein General—19 Apr 18

United Nations human rights experts* have called for Iran to annul the death sentence against an Iranian Kurdish prisoner, Ramin Hossein Panahi, amid serious concerns that he has not received a fair trial and has been mistreated and tortured in

Unashamed bigotry: Rise in racism and xenophobia is alarming, say UN rights General—21 Mar 18

UN and regional human rights experts* have urged States, civil society organisations and activists to step up their efforts to stem the alarming rise in racism and xenophobia worldwide, citing concerns about the impact of populist nationalism on

Sale and exploitation of children: UN rights expert launches visit to Lao General—13 Nov 17

A United Nations human rights expert will carry out an official visit to Lao PDR from 8 to 16 November to assess the extent of child exploitation in the country and reach out to young victims. Maud de Boer-Buquicchio, Special Rapporteur on the sale and

US student case is reminder of prison conditions in North Korea UN rights General—28 Jun 17

A United Nations Special Rapporteur has called for respect for the human rights of detainees in North Korea, after the release of US student Otto Warmbier earlier this week. Mr. Warmbier was arrested last year during a trip to Pyongyang and given a

Blasphemy law has no place in a tolerant nation like Indonesia UN rights General—24 May 17

A group of United Nations human rights experts today urged the Government of Indonesia to review and repeal its criminalization of blasphemy. Their call comes after the recent blasphemy conviction and imprisonment of Indonesian politician and former

India must restore internet and social media networks in Jammu and Kashmir, say UN rights General—15 May 17

India must immediately end its ban on social media networks and on mobile internet services in the State of Jammu and Kashmir and guarantee freedom of expression for citizens, say two United Nations human rights experts. The ban was imposed on 17 April

Thailand UN rights expert concerned by the continued use of l?se-majeste General—14 Feb 17

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on thepromotion of freedom of opinion and expression, David Kaye, today called on the Thai authorities to stop using lèse-majeste provisions as a political tool to stifle critical speech. In Thailand,

Myanmar: UN rights expert launches new official visit to assess recent developments in the General—09 Jan 17

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, Yanghee Lee, will undertake her fifth information-gathering visit to the country from 9 to 20 January. Ms. Lee plans to visit Kachin State (Myitkyina, Hpakant and Laiza)

South Korea: UN rights expert calls for independent investigation into lethal use of water General—03 Oct 16

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, Maina Kiai, expressed dismay over the 25 September death of South Korean protester Baek Nam-gi, and called for a full and independent investigation

UN rights experts urge Cambodia to stop attacks against civil society and human rights General—01 Jun 16

United Nations human rights experts* today called onthe Government of Cambodia to stop targeting civil society, human rights defenders, parliamentarians and UN personnel, and to take effective measures to protect civil society and respect fundamental

Using the death penalty to fight drug crimes violates international law, UN rights experts General—08 Oct 15

"Executions for drug crimes amount to a violation of international law and are unlawful killings," the United Nations Special Rapporteurs on summary executions, Christof Heyns, and on torture, Juan E. Mendez, today reminded Governments. It is estimated

UN RIGHTS EXPERT CALLS ON GOVERNMENT OF MYANMAR TO RELEASE PROMINENT STUDENT LEADERS General—29 Sep 06

The following statement was issued today by the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, Paulo Sergio Pinheiro: The Special Rapporteur calls on the Government of Myanmar immediately to release prominent student leaders reportedly ar