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Egypt rights record criticized before UN body
November 6, 2014
Envoys from the US and UK strongly criticized the Egyptian government Wednesday during a session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC). Remarks by the two nations came during the Human Rights Council's Universal Periodic Review (UPR) a regular review process, which all UN member states undergo. The....... [more]

UN rights expert: indigenous people's voices must be heard
September 18, 2014
The UN Human Rights Council on Wednesday raised awareness for the rights of indigenous peoples, comprised of approximately 370 million people in 90 countries around the world. The Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, urged members of the international commu....... [more]

New UN rights chief calls on international community to end conflict in Syria and Iraq
September 8, 2014
Newly appointed UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein called Monday on the international community to work to end the conflicts in Syria and Iraq. In his first speech before the UN Human Rights Council Al Hussein said that "dedicated efforts are urgently needed to protect relig....... [more]

UN tribunal overturns ruling in favor of whistleblower
September 7, 2014
The UN Appeals Tribunal (UNAT) last week overturned a decision in favor of a whistleblower involved with the UN peacekeeping mission in Kosovo. James Wasserstrom, a US diplomat currently serving as an anti-corruption officer at the US embassy in Kabul, accused high-level colleagues of retaliating af....... [more]

UN: Concern growing for children in Iraq, Syria
September 1, 2014
The United Nations top advocate for children affected by war on Monday expressed concern about the expansion of the Islamic State (IS) in Syria and Iraq and the increase in violations against children there. During her address to the UN Human Rights Council's (UNHRC) special session on Iraq, Special....... [more]

UN rights experts urge intervention to protect minorities in Iraq
August 13, 2014
A group of UN human rights experts on Tuesday urged Iraq and the international community to intervene against the Islamic State (IS) jihadist advance on the displaced Yazidi people and other minority groups trapped in rebel-controlled territory in Northwestern Iraq. The UN experts are part of the Sp....... [more]

HRW calls for international inquiry into mass killings by Egypt security forces
August 12, 2014
Egyptian security forces killed more than 1,150 demonstrators in July and August 2013, Human RIghts Watch (HRW) reported Tuesday. The year-long investigation documented instances where Egyptian police and military forces used deadly force on crowds of demonstrators opposed to the ousting of Presiden....... [more]

UN names experts to Gaza war crimes panel
August 12, 2014
The UN Human rights Council on Monday appointed three experts to an international commission of inquiry to investigate alleged international humanitarian and human rights law violations committed by both Israelis and Palestinians during the recent conflict in the Gaza Strip. The goal of the commissi....... [more]

UN rights council to form commission to investigate war crimes in Gaza
July 25, 2014
The United Nations Human Rights Council on Wednesday announced its intention to create an international commission of inquiry that will investigate all alleged violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights law in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. Specifically the inqu....... [more]

UN sets up human rights inquiry for Eritrea
June 28, 2014
The UN Human Rights Council on Friday adopted a resolution establishing a commission of inquiry to investigate alleged human rights abuses in Eritrea. The council also condemned the human rights violations, including enforced disappearances, torture and restrictions on freedom of speech and religion....... [more]

UN rights body warned Syria conflict threatens whole region
June 18, 2014
The Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria warned the UN Human Rights Council on Tuesday that the continuing civil war in Syria conflict has "reached a tipping point, threatening the entire region." The Commission was established by the UN Human Rights Council in August 2011 to inv....... [more]




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