September 17, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Wednesday called on Malaysian authorities to cease arrests and prosecutions under the country's 1948 Sedition Act, a law that limits free speech and freedom of expression. Rupert Colville, OHCHR spokesperson, expressed concern ...[read more]
May 7, 2014
by Stephen Adelgren
A spokesperson for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Tuesday criticized the militant group Boko Haram, which has claimed responsibility for kidnapping more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls in April and announced plans to sell them and "marry them off." Spokesperson ...[read more]
May 4, 2014
by Jaimie Cremeans
UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) spokesperson Rupert Colville issued a statement on Friday urging the US to impose a moratorium on the use of the death penalty following a botched execution performed in Oklahoma last week. The OHCHR asserted that the execution of ...[read more]
January 31, 2014
by Amy Mathieu
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights spokesperson Rupert Colville on Friday voiced extreme concern about the increasing amount of violent attacks on members of the media in Egypt. Many attacks came on Saturday when journalists were attempting to report stories on the third anniversary of the ...[read more]
January 8, 2014
by Theresa Donovan
Rupert Colville, spokesperson for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), on Tuesday condemned the December 27 shelling of a funeral procession that killed 21 Yemeni civilians and injured 30 others. The attack resulted in the establishment of an investigation committee by ...[read more]
January 7, 2014
by Julie Deisher
The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Tuesday urged Cambodian authorities to show restraint when dealing with protesters after several demonstrations ended in violence. Rupert Colville, spokesman for the OHCHR, has reminded Cambodian authorities that "olicing of ...[read more]
October 12, 2013
by Matthew Pomy
Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Rupert Colville, applauded Tunisia's newly formed torture prevention body on Friday. The law establishing the organization was passed unanimously on Wednesday, and the Committee should be up and running once the law is published. Tunisia ...[read more]
April 5, 2013
by Benjamin Minegar
The UN General Assembly on Friday approved a draft resolution urging all nations to establish a moratorium on the death penalty with a view towards abolishing its application worldwide. Spokesperson for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Rupert Colville, briefed ...[read more]
March 5, 2013
by Jerry Votava
The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Tuesday highlighted their concern over violence and turmoil in Guinea. The OHCHR discussed reports of injuries and death following demonstrations in the captial of Conakry. OHCHR spokesperson Rupert Colville said, "We call on ...[read more]
February 20, 2013
by Cynthia Miley
Spokesperson for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Rupert Colville, on Tuesday criticized Egypt's draft law on demonstrations for failure to adequately protect freedom of assembly as enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and two international rights ...[read more]

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