September 1, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
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, ...[read more]
August 27, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
The UN Special Rapporteur on the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967, Makarim Wibisono, on Tuesday formally requested access to Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory to gather first-hand information into the human rights situation in Gaza. The UN estimates over the past six weeks ...[read more]
March 28, 2014
by Ann Schober
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 ...[read more]
March 4, 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
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 ...[read more]
February 17, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
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 ...[read more]
February 16, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
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 ...[read more]
November 29, 2013
by Cynthia Miley
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 ...[read more]
November 14, 2013
by Amy Mathieu
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... ...[read more]
November 13, 2013
by Matthew Pomy
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, ...[read more]
October 28, 2013
by Addison Morris
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 ...[read more]

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