March 3, 2015
by Jacqueline Jones
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 ...[read more]
February 21, 2015
by Kimberly Bennett
A spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in a statement yesterday revealed that Ban had spoken with Ukraine Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin regarding the ceasefire in Ukraine. Ban expressed concern over the situation and informed Klimkin that the UN would continue to follow the Security ...[read more]
February 20, 2015
by Steven Wildberger
Advocacy groups, such as Human Rights Watch (HRW), are teaming up with various Central African groups to form a coalition urging the Central African Republic's (CAR) transitional parliament to adopt a Special Criminal Court in order to expedite justice for victims of atrocities within the country. ...[read more]
February 20, 2015
by Steven Wildberger
Four UN human rights experts briefed the Security Council on Friday regarding a new report on human rights violations in war-torn Syria. Heading the Commission of Inquiry was Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro, Chair of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic, who ...[read more]
February 16, 2015
by Dominic Yobbi
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 ...[read more]
February 10, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
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 ...[read more]
February 3, 2015
by Alexandra Farone
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 ...[read more]
January 28, 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
An Amnesty International (AI) report released Wednesday called on the UN Security Council to impose sanctions and encourage accountability through International Criminal Court (ICC) indictments and prosecutions to end the cycle of human rights violations and war crimes being committed in Libya. ...[read more]
January 28, 2015
by Taylor Gillan
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 " ...[read more]
January 22, 2015
by Alexandra Farone
Members of a UN investigatory commission reported on Wednesday that crimes against humanity have been widely committed by all parties to the conflict in the Central African Republic (CAR) and called for the establishment of an international court to objectively investigate and prosecute ...[read more]

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