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North Korean defectors seek more UN monitoring of abuses

Geneva, Switzerland Reuters North Koreans defectors spoke at a UN event in Geneva on Friday to expose human rights violations in a country one of them described as “hell” and to advocate for a strengthened UN mandate to investigate and document them. The defectors came to the UN in Geneva where diplomats say the UN […]

UN rights chief says China committing violations in Xinjiang, Tibet

Geneva, Switzerland Reuters UN human rights chief Volker Turk on Monday called on China to implement recommendations to amend laws that violate fundamental rights, including in the Xinjiang and Tibet regions. Rights groups accuse Beijing of widespread abuses of Uyghurs, a mainly Muslim ethnic minority that numbers around 10 million in the western region of […]

Nicaragua accused of violations “tantamount to crimes against humanity” by UN experts

San Jose, Costa Rica Reuters Nicaragua’s government committed human rights violations that amount to “crimes against humanity”, a United Nations-appointed team of human rights experts said in a report on Thursday. The report called for President Daniel Ortega and his wife and Vice President, Rosario Murillo, to be “held accountable by the international community” for […]

Returning Syrian refugees face abduction, sexual abuse: UN

Geneva, Switzerland Reuters Syrian refugees who fled the war are facing gross human rights violations such as torture and abduction on their return home while women are subject to sexual harassment and violence, the UN human rights office said in a report on Tuesday. More than 12 years after Syria’s conflict began there are still […]

UN report deplores “rapid deterioration” of rights in West Bank

A woman walks with children next to an ambulance as Israeli military vehicles pass by during a raid, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, in Jenin, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank on 14th December, 2023

Geneva, SwitzerlandReuters A United Nations report published on Thursday deplored what it called a “rapid deterioration” of human rights in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and urged Israeli authorities to end violence against the Palestinian population there.  The report by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said 300 Palestinians had been […]

UN marks 75 years of human rights declaration in shadow of Gaza

Volker Turk, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, attends the high-level event commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, on 11th December, 2023.

Geneva, SwitzerlandReuters The UN human rights chief urged countries on Monday to work together to defeat threats such as war and pollution at an event to mark 75 years of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights that risks being overshadowed by the Israel-Hamas conflict. Volker Turk, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, attends the […]

El Salvador experiencing “alarming regression” on human rights – report

Amnesty International's Americas director Ana Piquer speaks during a news conference to release a new report in San Salvador, El Salvador on 5th December, 2023

San Salvador, El SalvadorReuters El Salvador has seen “an alarming regression” of human rights protections during President Nayib Bukele’s government, a trend that has intensified under a sweeping anti-gang crackdown, Amnesty International said in a report published on Tuesday. Bukele has enjoyed widespread popularity since taking office in 2019, due in part to a state […]

UN probe finds new evidence Russia committed war crimes and ‘indiscriminate attacks’ in Ukraine

A police officer stands in front of a damaged building, amid Russia's attack on Ukraine, in the town of Avdiivka, Donetsk region, Ukraine, on 17th October, 2023

Geneva, SwitzerlandReuters A United Nations commission of inquiry on Ukraine said on Friday it had found additional evidence that Russian forces had committed “indiscriminate attacks” and war crimes in Ukraine, including rape and the deportation of children to Russia. “The Commission has found new evidence that Russian authorities have committed violations of international human rights […]

UN rights body adopts resolution to probe rights abuses in war-torn Sudan

Chadian cart owners transport belongings of Sudanese people who fled the conflict in Sudan's Darfur region, while crossing the border between Sudan and Chad in Adre, Chad, on 4th August, 2023

Geneva, SwitzerlandReuters The United Nations Humans Rights Council on Wednesday adopted a resolution that opens a probe into the humanitarian situation in Sudan where the army and a paramilitary group have been fighting for the last six months.  “This resolution is a call to action for what we all agree are the pressing priorities for […]