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UN rights chief urges renewed dedication to inalienable human rights
March 3, 2015
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said Monday that states must rededicate themselves to unalienable human rights. The commissioner made his statement at the opening of the 28th Session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland. Zeid stated "we must therefore renew....... [more]

UN delays release of report investigating war crimes in Sri Lanka
February 16, 2015
The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on Monday delayed the release of a report investigating alleged war crimes committed during Sri Lanka's civil war. The government had requested that the release of the report be postponed on the grounds that President Maithripala Sirisena was about to launch his....... [more]

UN rights report illustrates 'bleak picture' of Libya in 2014
February 10, 2015
A spokesperson for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said Tuesday that a report, produced jointly with the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), "paints a bleak picture" of the human rights situation in Libya during 2014. The report, to be presented to the UN Human Ri....... [more]

Head of UN inquiry investigating Gaza conflict resigns
February 3, 2015
William Schabas, leader of a three-member UN committee investigating possible war crimes committed in Gaza last summer, resigned Monday after Israelis accused him of bias due to his previous work as a consultant for the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO). Schabas claimed that the opinion he w....... [more]

Impeached Sri Lanka chief justice reinstated
January 28, 2015
The Sri Lankan government on Wednesday said that its new president has reinstated former chief justice Shirani Bandaranayake, calling the impeachment a procedural error. Both her removal and the installation of her successor, according to the office of President Maithripala Sirisena, are now "null....... [more]

UN chief: India can play major role in climate change, development, human rights
January 13, 2015
In his address to the Indian Council of World Affairs Monday, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on India to be a world leader in peace, human rights and sustainable development. He urged India to "renew its leadership in nuclear disarmament" and to facilitate cooperation in South Asia as the w....... [more]

UN rights expert urges prosecution of US officials responsible for torture
December 10, 2014
The UN Special Rapporteur on counter terrorism and human rights Ben Emmerson on Tuesday called for the prosecution of US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and other government officials for the interrogation and torture of detainees. The statement follows the release of a US Senate committee report....... [more]

Egypt rights record criticized before UN body
November 6, 2014
Envoys from the US and UK strongly criticized the Egyptian government Wednesday during a session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC). Remarks by the two nations came during the Human Rights Council's Universal Periodic Review (UPR) a regular review process, which all UN member states undergo. The....... [more]

UN rights expert: indigenous people's voices must be heard
September 18, 2014
The UN Human Rights Council on Wednesday raised awareness for the rights of indigenous peoples, comprised of approximately 370 million people in 90 countries around the world. The Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, urged members of the international commu....... [more]

New UN rights chief calls on international community to end conflict in Syria and Iraq
September 8, 2014
Newly appointed UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein called Monday on the international community to work to end the conflicts in Syria and Iraq. In his first speech before the UN Human Rights Council Al Hussein said that "dedicated efforts are urgently needed to protect relig....... [more]

UN tribunal overturns ruling in favor of whistleblower
September 7, 2014
The UN Appeals Tribunal (UNAT) last week overturned a decision in favor of a whistleblower involved with the UN peacekeeping mission in Kosovo. James Wasserstrom, a US diplomat currently serving as an anti-corruption officer at the US embassy in Kabul, accused high-level colleagues of retaliating af....... [more]




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