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Sri Lanka refuses to cooperate with UN in war crimes inquiry
April 7, 2014
Sri Lanka's foreign minister Gamini Lakshman Peiris announced on Monday that Sri Lanka would not cooperate with a UN investigation into alleged war crimes committed during the country's civil war. Last month, the UN Human Rights Council voted to launch an investigation into alleged violations commit....... [more]

UN rights body calls for justice in North Korea
March 29, 2014
The UN Human Rights Council on Friday adopted a resolution urging the UN Security Council to take action against those responsible for documented crimes against humanity in North Korea. The council approved the resolution, which expressed "Deepconcernat the systematic, widespread and gross human rig....... [more]

UN rights body votes to investigate Sri Lanka war crimes
March 28, 2014
The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on Thursday voted to launch an investigation into alleged human rights violations during Sri Lanka's civil war. In a vote of 23-12, with 12 member states abstaining, the council resolved to "establish the facts and circumstances of such alleged violations" that to....... [more]

UN rights body opens session with calls to protect activists
March 4, 2014
The twenty-fifth session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) opened Monday amid calls for stronger protections for activists calling out human rights violations. In her opening remarks, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay urged states to take a proactive approach to the protect....... [more]

UN: North Korea rights violations constitute crimes against humanity
February 17, 2014
UN human rights investigators on Monday released a 372-page report detailing widespread crimes against humanity in North Korea that they believe should be brought to the International Criminal Court (ICC). The report, which is to be debated by the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva on March....... [more]

UN rights chief calls for Sri Lanka war crimes probe
February 16, 2014
The UN human rights chief on Sunday called for an international probe into alleged war crimes that occurred during the last phase of the 26-year Sri Lankan Civil War that ended in 2009. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay asked the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to set up an independe....... [more]

Investigation reveals possible war crimes during Sri Lanka civil war
February 5, 2014
The Public Interest Advocacy Center (PIAC), an Australian nonprofit legal advocacy group, released a report on Tuesday detailing possible war crimes and crimes against humanity during the final months of the Sri Lankan civil war. The reports findings will be incorporated into an upcoming meeting o....... [more]

Children suffer trauma from Syrian war: UN rights experts
November 29, 2013
A UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) issued a 60-page multimedia report on Friday that Syrian refugee children are suffering trauma from the Syrian Civil War, which has killed over 120,000 people. The report states that many Syrian refugee children in Jordan and Lebanon are growing up in broken famili....... [more]

UN Human Rights Council presents annual report
November 14, 2013
The President of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC), Remigiusz Henczel, on Wednesday presented the annual report to the UUN General Assembly (UNGA), claiming that the UNHRC has achieved significant progress in the last year despite inadequate financial resources. Henczel stated that the UNHRC....... [more]

UN General Assembly elects states to serve on Human Rights Council
November 13, 2013
The UN General Assembly (UNGA) on Tuesday elected 14 countries to a three-year term on the Human Rights Council (UNHRC) beginning January 1. The assembly chose Algeria, China, Cuba, France Maldives, Mexico, Morocco, Namibia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Viet....... [more]

Israel agrees to attend UN Human Rights Council review
October 28, 2013
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Sunday that Israel will participate in the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) review of its human rights record, ending an 18-month boycott. All members of the UN are expected to undergo this review every four years to assess the state's human rights....... [more]


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