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The Netherlands violated child’s right to acquire a nationality, UN Committee finds

GENEVA (29 December 2020) – In a ground-breaking decision, the Human Rights Committee has found that the Netherlands violated a child’s rights by registering “nationality unknown” in his civil records as this left him unable under Dutch law to be registered as stateless and therefore be given international protection as a stateless child. This is […]

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UN experts raise concern over charges against US indigenous leader and rights defender

GENEVA (15 December 2020) – UN human rights experts* today expressed concerns about charges brought against a U.S. indigenous leader and human rights defender who will appear in court later this week in connection with peaceful demonstrations against President Donald Trump’s political rally at the iconic Mount Rushmore earlier this year. “Obviously we cannot pre-judge […]

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UN experts: Universal Declaration of Human Rights essential for world to “recover better”

GENEVA December 9, 2020 – More than seven decades on, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights provides an essential framework for the world to “recover better” from the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN’s independent human rights experts said today. “We are convinced that this document remains as relevant today as it was at its adoption by […]

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UN experts hail landmark environmental treaty in Latin America and the Caribbean

GENEVA, November 9, 2020 – UN human rights experts* welcome the adoption of the landmark Escazú agreement and are now urging States in Latin America and the Caribbean to sign and ratify as quickly as possible a ground-breaking environment treaty for the region. The Regional Agreement on Access to Information, Public Participation and Justice in Environmental […]

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Human rights experts warn of damaging impact on Special Procedures from UN funding crisis

GENEVA, September 28, 2020 – The Coordination Committee of Special Procedures is gravely concerned about the impact of the UN funding crisis on the functioning of the system of independent experts appointed by the Human Rights Council. The Committee calls upon States to take urgent action to address the situation, including through financial contributions to […]

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States have duty to protect from all hazardous substances, including viruses – UN human rights expert

GENEVA, September 21, 2020 – States have an obligation under human rights law to prevent exposure to pollution, toxic industrial chemicals, pesticides, wastes and other hazardous substances, including biological agents such as viruses, a UN expert said in a report presented to the Human Rights Council today. “Exposure to hazardous substances preys on the most […]

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Switzerland’s new “terrorism” definition sets a dangerous precedent worldwide, UN human rights experts warn

GENEVA, September 11, 2020 – Switzerland’s draft anti-terrorism legislation violates international human rights standards by expanding the definition of terrorism, and would set a dangerous precedent for the suppression of political dissent worldwide, UN human rights experts* warned today. They expressed regret at the refusal of the Swiss authorities to change contentious sections of the […]

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Israel/OPT: Respecting Fundamental Rights in Gaza is Pre-Condition to Achieving Peace, says UN Human Rights Expert

GENEVA (1 September 2020) – A United Nations human rights expert has expressed deep concerns about the recent rise in armed violence in Gaza, and has welcomed the announcement on Monday that Israel and Hamas have reached a truce to halt the current hostilities. However, Michael Lynk, special rapporteur for the situation of human rights […]

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UN Human Rights Committee publishes interpretation on the right of peaceful assembly

GENEVA, July 29, 2020 – The UN Human Rights Committee today published its interpretation on the right of peaceful assembly, defining the scope of assembly that applies to both physical meetings and virtual or online gatherings, and outlining governments’ obligations. The UN Human Rights Committee, made up of 18 individual experts who monitor implementation of […]

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Lives at risk unless conditions for Spain’s seasonal migrant workers are rapidly improved, UN expert warns

GENEVA (24 July 2020) – Local governments must immediately improve deplorable conditions seasonal migrant workers endure in shanty towns around Spain’s strawberry townships before people die, a UN expert said today. In the past week, three fires in the informal settlements in the municipalities of Lepe and Lucena del Puerto, in the southern province of […]