May 20, 2015
by Matt Belenky
The top UN human rights expert on torture, Juan Mendez, called Monday for the adoption of the revised Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners in an open letter to the UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice. The revised Rules include several practical elements that ...[read more]
May 17, 2015
by Dominic Yobbi
The UN human rights chief on Friday urged Southeast Asian governments to take action to protect the lives of migrants in difficult maritime situations and not turn away incoming migrant boats. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said that he is "appalled" at reports of ...[read more]
May 14, 2015
by William Helbling
The chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Tuesday urged the UN Security Council to take action to strengthen the deteriorating security situation in Libya. Fatou Bensouda expressed her concerns over the recent increases in assassinations, terrorist attacks and targeting of ...[read more]
May 14, 2015
by William Helbling
The Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) committed "grave violations of international humanitarian law" in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) at the end of 2014, the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) reported Wednesday. The report claims that the ADF, a Ugandan rebel ...[read more]
May 14, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday urgently called on all parties in Burundi to "exercise calm and restraint" amid reports of a coup taking place in the Burundian capital. The coup reportedly took place after President Pierre Nkurunziza left for a summit intended to resolve the crisis. ...[read more]
May 11, 2015
by Brittany Felder
A group of UN human rights experts said Monday that the Government of Paraguy "failed in its responsibility to act with due diligence" towards a 10-year-old girl who was raped and became pregnant. According to the experts, the girl has not been given treatments that could "save her life and ...[read more]
May 11, 2015
by Emelina Perez
The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) on Monday condemned Sunday's suicide attack targeting a bus carrying civilian passengers working for the Attorney General's office. The attack killed five prosecutors and injured 19 people. The Taliban claimed responsibility, making this their ...[read more]
May 11, 2015
by Emelina Perez
The UN Human Rights Council on Monday reviewed the US human rights record as part of its Universal Periodic Reviews, expressing concern over excessive use of force by law enforcement, racial discrimination, and minority rights, particularly for African Americans. Participating nations recommended ...[read more]
May 9, 2015
by Taylor Gillan
A United Nations body responsible for protecting displaced people on Friday warned that many of the promising developments made in recent refugee history in Africa are at risk of being undone as over 50,000 people have fled Burundi in response to the start of the pre-election violence that began ...[read more]
May 8, 2015
by Emelina Perez
UN human rights experts on Friday condemned the growing number of executions in Iran in recent years. According to the Special Rapporteurs on the situation of human rights in Iran and on extrajudicial executions, Iran has executed about 350 people in 2015 and executed approximately six people per ...[read more]

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