October 23, 2014
by Addison Morris
The UN Human Rights Committee urged China on Thursday to ensure universal suffrage in Hong Kong, including both the right to vote and the right to stand for election without unreasonable restrictions. Currently, the Chinese government plans to allow only Beijing loyalists to stand in 2017 ...[read more]
October 22, 2014
by Valerie Howell
A group of UN human rights experts on Monday implored the city of Detroit to make access to water and adequate housing more affordable, classifying these as basic human rights. The recommendations were made after a two-day visit to the city of Detroit, where UN experts noticed the negative effect ...[read more]
June 27, 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Thursday condemned Iran's use of the death penalty for juvenile offenders and called on authorities to halt the announced execution of Razieh Ebrahimi. Ebrahimi, who was legally married to her then-28-year-old husband when she was 14, was ...[read more]
March 13, 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Tuesday urged the UN Human Rights Committee to find that US electronic surveillance programs violate fundamental human rights. The US is due to appear before the committee on March 13 and 14 for a review of its compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and ...[read more]
April 3, 2012
by Garrett Eisenhour
On April 3, 2011, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged the UN to retract the Goldstone Report. The official finding was released by the UN Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict in September 2009 and concluded that both Israeli and Palestinian forces committed war crimes during ...[read more]
March 15, 2012
by Katherine Bacher
On March 15, 2011, the UN Office of the High Commission for Human Rights (OHCHR) urged the Turkish government to respect journalists' freedom of expression. The admonishment was in response to the arrest of nine journalists by Turkish officials earlier in March 2011. The arrests were based on ...[read more]
November 6, 2011
by Clay Flaherty
On November 6, 2008, the UK and Falklands governments approved a new constitution for the disputed South Atlantic Islands. Under the new document, primary governing power is vested in the Falkland's local government but the British governor to the territory retains the power to veto its actions " ...[read more]
November 4, 2011
by Rebecca DiLeonardo
The UN Human Rights Committee expressed concern Friday over the protection of individuals' rights in Iran. The committee, composed of independent experts, has recently examined Iran's progress in adopting the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). Committee members ...[read more]
September 22, 2011
by Dwyer Arce
On September 22, 2010, the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) found that Israel's interception of a Gaza-bound flotilla violated international law. After conducting numerous interviews with eye-witnesses and viewing other evidence, the fact-finding mission determined that Israeli forces committed ...[read more]
June 3, 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove
The UN warned in a report Friday that government restrictions on the right to freedom of opinion and expression on the Internet impinge on human rights. Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights outlines the types of restrictions that would be considered breaches of ...[read more]

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