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Afghanistan: Taliban attempting to steadily erase women and girls from public life – UN experts

GENEVA (17 January 2022) – Taliban leaders in Afghanistan are institutionalizing large scale and systematic gender-based discrimination and violence against women and girls, a group of UN human rights experts* said today. The experts reiterated their alarm expressed since August 2021 at a series of restrictive measures that have been introduced since the Taliban’s takeover […]

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Afghanistan: UN experts call for immediate action to stop escalating humanitarian catastrophe

GENEVA (23 December 2021) – UN human rights experts* today called on the international community to take urgent steps to clear the way for humanitarian aid in Afghanistan in order to prevent an impending humanitarian catastrophe from unfolding there this winter.  The call came one day after the UN Security Council adopted Resolution 2615, which […]

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Mexico: Detention and torture of human rights defender highlights criminalization of legitimate protest, UN Committee finds

GENEVA, December 14, 2021 — The UN Committee against Torture has called on Mexico to stop criminalizing legitimate human rights work, after deciding on the case of a human rights defender targeted for his campaigning, resulting in his being detained and tortured for five years for a crime he did not commit. In a decision […]

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UN Human Rights Chief urges action to prevent calamitous consequences for the people of Afghanistan

GENEVA, August 10, 2021 – Failure to stem the rising violence and commission of human rights violations and abuses is having disastrous consequences for the people of Afghanistan, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet warned on Tuesday as civilian casualties continued to mount and reports of violations that may amount to war crimes […]

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Belarus: Massive human rights violations unprecedented in scope and gravity, says UN expert

Belarus has witnessed an unprecedented human rights crisis over the past year, an independent expert appointed by the Human Rights Council said today, calling on authorities to end their policy of repression and to fully respect the legitimate aspirations of their people. In her annual report to the Human Rights Council, Anaïs Marin said she had been […]

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Pakistan: UN experts demand halt to mass evictions along Karachi’s watercourses

GENEVA (25 June 2021) – UN human rights experts* today called on Pakistan to stop evicting close to 100,000 people living along two of Karachi’s narrow watercourses, locally known as nullahs – Gujjar nullah and Orangi nullah. “These actions were undertaken by city authorities without adequate consultation with the affected residents, no relocation plan, and […]

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Iran: Jailed for defending women who opposed compulsory veiling, Nasrin Sotoudeh must be freed, say UN experts

GENEVA (21 June 2021) – UN human rights experts* today condemned the continued imprisonment of woman human rights defender and lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, and called for her immediate release. “Nasrin Sotoudeh has been systematically criminalised for her work in defence of human rights, particularly the rights of women who oppose compulsory veiling laws,” Dubravka Simonovic, […]

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China: UN experts deeply concerned by alleged detention, forced labour of Uyghurs

GENEVA (29 March 2021) – UN human rights experts* today raised serious concerns about the alleged detention and forced labour of Muslim Uyghurs in China, calling for unhindered access to the country to conduct fact-finding missions and urging global and domestic companies to closely scrutinize their supply chains. Several experts appointed by the Human Rights […]

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Turkey: Withdrawal from Istanbul Convention is a pushback against women’s rights, say human rights experts

GENEVA (23 March 2021) – The UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women, the Chair of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women and other UN and regional human rights experts* today deeply regretted the decision by the President of Turkey to withdraw from the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating […]

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Historic consensus on freedoms of religion and expression at risk, say UN experts

GENEVA (23 March 2021) – United Nations human rights experts said today digitalisation and the COVID-19 pandemic had  facilitated a new wave of stigma, racism, xenophobia and hate targeting minorities and those considered “others”, often promoted by authorities themselves, either directly or indirectly.  Recalling the consensus achieved since the 24 March 2011 adoption of a […]

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COVID-19: UN experts urge WTO cooperation on vaccines to protect global public health

GENEVA (1 March 2021) – UN experts said today billions of people, especially in the Global South, risk being excluded from the benefits of COVID-19 immunisation until 2024 and urged rich States to end short-sighted vaccine nationalism that is fuelling a vaccine-divide and undermining worldwide recovery. “Recovery from the pandemic is impossible unless it ends […]

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Malaysia: UN experts appalled by deportation of migrants to Myanmar despite court order

GENEVA (24 February 2021) – UN human rights experts* are appalled by the Malaysian authorities’ decision to proceed with the deportation to Myanmar of over 1,000 detained migrants, including children and women at risk and other vulnerable individuals, despite a court order to suspend their return. Immigration authorities on Tuesday returned 1,086 migrants, including unaccompanied […]

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UN experts urge renewed commitment to combat antisemitism, including Holocaust distortion and denial

GENEVA (27 January 2021) – UN experts* said today States must take resolute action against rising antisemitism and ensure deniers of the Holocaust and all levels of society are effectively educated about the Holocaust and other manifestations of antisemitism. Reminding governments of their international human rights obligations, the UN experts issued the following statement marking […]

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United Kingdom: UN expert cautiously welcomes refusal to extradite Assange to the U.S.

GENEVA, January 5, 2021 – UN Special Rapporteur on torture Nils Melzer today welcomed a British court’s refusal to extradite Wikileaks founder Julian Assange to the United States on the basis that he would be exposed to “oppressive” conditions of imprisonment that would almost certainly cause him to commit suicide. “This ruling confirms my own […]