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UN sets up human rights inquiry for Eritrea
June 28, 2014
The UN Human Rights Council on Friday adopted a resolution establishing a commission of inquiry to investigate alleged human rights abuses in Eritrea. The council also condemned the human rights violations, including enforced disappearances, torture and restrictions on freedom of speech and religion....... [more]

UN rights body warned Syria conflict threatens whole region
June 18, 2014
The Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria warned the UN Human Rights Council on Tuesday that the continuing civil war in Syria conflict has "reached a tipping point, threatening the entire region." The Commission was established by the UN Human Rights Council in August 2011 to inv....... [more]

Outgoing UN rights chief delivers final remarks to council
June 11, 2014
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay delivered her final address to the UN Human Rights Council as High Commissioner for Human Rights Tuesday. Pillay, a South African national, took up the post of High Commissioner in 2008, two years after the formation of the UN Humans Right Council. I....... [more]

Internet Freedom
May 7, 2014
05/31/2010: Pakistan court lifted Facebook ban. 06/06/2010: Bangladesh government lifted Facebook ban after removal of Muhammad caricatures. 02/08/2011: Syria lifted ban on social media sites Facebook, YouTube. 07/05/2012: UN Human Rights Council passed resolution to protect Internet speech....... [more]

Sri Lanka refuses to cooperate with UN in war crimes inquiry
April 7, 2014
Sri Lanka's foreign minister Gamini Lakshman Peiris announced on Monday that Sri Lanka would not cooperate with a UN investigation into alleged war crimes committed during the country's civil war. Last month, the UN Human Rights Council voted to launch an investigation into alleged violations commit....... [more]

UN rights body calls for justice in North Korea
March 29, 2014
The UN Human Rights Council on Friday adopted a resolution urging the UN Security Council to take action against those responsible for documented crimes against humanity in North Korea. The council approved the resolution, which expressed "Deepconcernat the systematic, widespread and gross human rig....... [more]

UN rights body votes to investigate Sri Lanka war crimes
March 28, 2014
The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on Thursday voted to launch an investigation into alleged human rights violations during Sri Lanka's civil war. In a vote of 23-12, with 12 member states abstaining, the council resolved to "establish the facts and circumstances of such alleged violations" that to....... [more]

UN rights body opens session with calls to protect activists
March 4, 2014
The twenty-fifth session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) opened Monday amid calls for stronger protections for activists calling out human rights violations. In her opening remarks, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay urged states to take a proactive approach to the protect....... [more]

UN: North Korea rights violations constitute crimes against humanity
February 17, 2014
UN human rights investigators on Monday released a 372-page report detailing widespread crimes against humanity in North Korea that they believe should be brought to the International Criminal Court (ICC). The report, which is to be debated by the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva on March....... [more]

UN rights chief calls for Sri Lanka war crimes probe
February 16, 2014
The UN human rights chief on Sunday called for an international probe into alleged war crimes that occurred during the last phase of the 26-year Sri Lankan Civil War that ended in 2009. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay asked the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to set up an independe....... [more]

Investigation reveals possible war crimes during Sri Lanka civil war
February 5, 2014
The Public Interest Advocacy Center (PIAC), an Australian nonprofit legal advocacy group, released a report on Tuesday detailing possible war crimes and crimes against humanity during the final months of the Sri Lankan civil war. The reports findings will be incorporated into an upcoming meeting o....... [more]




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