May 3, 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) expressed concern Friday over actions by Burundi authorities ahead of its upcoming presidential elections. OHCHR Spokesman Rupert Colville noted in particular the detention of hundreds of people in overcrowded prisons, the use of live ...[read more]
May 2, 2015
by Sarah Boehme
A senior official at the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said Friday that the trial and conviction of former Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed was "vastly unfair, arbitrary, and disproportionate" and urged action to resolve the deepening political crisis. Mona ...[read more]
April 25, 2015
by Brittany Felder
The United Nations (UN) on Friday reported that the intense fighting in Yemen has claimed the lives of approximately 551 civilians, 115 of which were children. Rupert Colville, the spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), noted that this death toll only ...[read more]
April 19, 2015
by Emelina Perez
Afghanistan must strengthen its criminal justice system to provide protection for women victims of domestic violence, according to a report released Sunday by the the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). The report said ...[read more]
April 18, 2015
by Taylor Brailey
Spokesperson for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Ravina Shamdasani, expressed concern Friday at the "dire human rights situation" in Ukraine after reports of intensified fighting in violation of the Minsk Agreement, a ceasefire deal proposed for peace negotiations... ...[read more]
March 26, 2015
by Colleen Mallick
Armed groups in Libya are deliberately attacking human rights defenders, according to a UN report released Wednesday. Attacks have increased since fighting escalated in May 2014 and have been documented in a joint report by the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) and the Office of the High ...[read more]
March 19, 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Tuesday expressed deep concern at the ongoing political predicament surrounding the release of incriminating audio recordings of conversations between officials in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. The content of the tapes ...[read more]
February 24, 2015
by Addison Morris
The UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on Monday jointly released a report detailing violations against Iraqi civilians under the spread of Islamic State (IS). The 40-page report documents the killings of civilians, abductions, rapes... ...[read more]
February 23, 2015
by Addison Morris
Human rights experts from the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Monday urged Spanish authorities to reject two suggested legal reformations that they say may disrupt freedom and fundamental human rights. Spain's Senate is currently considering reform to both the Penal ...[read more]
February 13, 2015
by Ashley Hogan
A spokesperson for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Friday urged the Indonesian government to halt all executions of people convicted of drug-related offenses. Christof Heyns, Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial executions, made this statement in response to ...[read more]

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