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UN rights chief: Boko Haram killing captive women
April 1, 2015
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Raad al-Hussein reported Wednesday that retreating Boko Haram militants in Nigeria have been murdering woman and girls previously taken captive by the group. Before a special session of the UN Human Rights Council, the commissioner relayed reports "that Bok....... [more]

Rights Violations by ISIL: The Problem is Enforcement
March 28, 2015
JURIST Guest Columnist John B. Quigley, of The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, discusses the possible implications of prosecuting ISIL under international law...The Human Rights Council of the UN addressed the question of rights violations by ISIL in Iraq in Resolution S/22-1 of Septemb....... [more]

UN to appoint Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy
March 27, 2015
The United Nations Human Rights Council on Thursday adopted four new resolutions, one of which creates a special rapporteur on the right to privacy in the digital age. Decided without a vote, the council reaffirmed the standing right to be free from unlawful or arbitrary interferences to privacy, an....... [more]

UN rights expert condemns violations in Gaza Conflict
March 23, 2015
Flavia Pansieri, the UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights told the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) Monday that human rights violations “fuel and shape the conflict” in the occupied Palestinian territories. Pansieri presented six documents to the council on behalf of the UN High C....... [more]

UN commission reports human rights violations in Eritrea
March 17, 2015
A UN commission on Monday reported widespread human rights abuses in Eritrea. Following a four-month investigation of the country's human rights situation, the Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea found instances of torture and a high number of detentions. Many Eritrean citizens survive....... [more]

NGOs call for establishment of UN Special Rapporteur on Privacy
March 13, 2015
Ninety-two non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from around the world on Friday issued an oral statement calling on the United Nations Human Rights Council to institute a Special Rapporteur on Privacy, citing a pressing need for the provision of continuous and authoritative guidance on the scope an....... [more]

UN rights expert: member states must ensure detained children's human rights
March 10, 2015
UN Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment Juan Méndez called Tuesday for modifications and alternatives to the detention processes of children in order to ensure their human rights. In a report presented to the UN Human Rights Council on Tuesday....... [more]

Climate change efforts should address human rights, UN council says
March 6, 2015
The UN Human Rights Council and delegates from Pacific island nations met Friday to discuss the impact of climate change on human rights. Many of the panelists agreed that climate change would impede on the right to self-determination of the people of the islands and could undercut the ability of sm....... [more]

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]




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