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UN expert: Tackling discrimination against LGBTI persons is a right to health and sustainable development imperative

GENEVA (17 June 2022) – Discrimination and violence based on sexual orientation and gender identity deprive countless people around the world of their right to the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health, a UN expert told the Human Rights Council today. Unless they are addressed and eradicated, he warned, the Sustainable Development Goals […]

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UN expert urges States to end ‘vaccine apartheid’

GENEVA, June 14, 2022 – A UN human rights expert today urged the World Trade Organization (WTO) to ease intellectual property rules that protect the technology behind Covid-19 vaccines and treatments, calling transnational racial inequalities in access to immunizations a form of “vaccine apartheid.” In an open letter to the WTO’s Twelfth Ministerial Conference, the […]

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Ukraine: 2.7 million people with disabilities at risk, UN committee warns

GENEVA (14 April 2022) –The continued military attacks against Ukraine are putting the lives of an estimated 2.7 million people with disabilities at risk. The Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities today deplored the Russian Federation’s aggression despite repeated calls for a ceasefire and cessation of hostilities. The Committee issued the following statement: […]

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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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