March 26, 2015
by Jacqueline Jones
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called Wednesday for an end to modern slavery during remarks at the unveiling of The Ark of Return, Memorial to the Victims of the Transatlantic Slave Trade. He stated that the memorial will commemorate the millions of victims of the transatlantic slave trade. He ...[read more]
March 25, 2015
by William Helbling
The Chinese government on Wednesday refused to discharge five women's rights activists despite overwhelming calls for their release from the international community. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying defended the Chinese legal system and detention of the activists and asked that people ...[read more]
March 19, 2015
by Alexandra Farone
The actions of the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq may amount to genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes, the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights reported Thursday. The report cites the killings of hundreds of Yezidi men and boys in the Ninewa plains last August. The men over ...[read more]
March 6, 2015
by Taylor Brailey
The UN Working Group on the issue of discrimination against women in law and practice warned on Friday that the progress made in achieving women's rights remains under continuous threat. They stressed that, "no country in the world has achieved full substantive equality of women." The Working ...[read more]
March 2, 2015
by William Helbling
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said Monday that more than 6,000 people have died in eastern Ukraine since the conflict began almost a year ago. According to the high commissioner, many of the casualties comprise women, children and the elderly. Zeid stated in his ...[read more]
February 24, 2015
by Addison Morris
The UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on Monday jointly released a report detailing violations against Iraqi civilians under the spread of Islamic State (IS). The 40-page report documents the killings of civilians, abductions, rapes... ...[read more]
February 9, 2015
by William Helbling
Girls have been attacked in at least 70 countries for seeking education, according to a new UN report released Monday. The report states, "he educational rights of girls and women are often targeted due to the fact that they represent a challenge to existing gender and age-based systems of ...[read more]
February 6, 2015
by Taylor Brailey
UN officials on Friday called for an end to female genital mutilation (FGM), including the medicalization of the practice. Officials were reminded of the reality of the "deeply harmful" nature of the practice on February 6, the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation. ...[read more]
February 6, 2015
by Colleen Mallick
United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Simonovic told reporters on Thursday that the warring parties in the South Sudan conflict are close to signing a peace deal. However, Simonovic confirmed that rights violations continue, despite a decrease in fighting. Earlier this ...[read more]
January 29, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
A group of UN human right experts on Wednesday urged El Salvador to pardon all women jailed for illegal abortions as a result of pregnancy complications or rape. Carmen Guadalupe Vásquez Aldana was convicted of aggravated assault after suffering a miscarriage after being raped at age 18. She was ...[read more]

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