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UN experts decry US rhetoric on designation of terrorist groups

GENEVA (19 June 2020) – UN experts* today expressed profound concern over a recent statement by the US Attorney-General describing Antifa and other anti-fascist activists as domestic terrorists, saying it undermines the rights to freedom of expression and of peaceful assembly in the country. “International human rights law protects the right to freedom of expression, […]

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UN experts condemn crackdown on peaceful protests and highlight calls to overhaul policing

GENEVA, June 10, 2020 – UN independent human rights experts* today condemned the violent crackdown on widespread peaceful protests after police in Minneapolis killed African American George Floyd. They also urged the implementation of strong measures to eradicate racial discrimination and radically reform US policing of communities of colour and of peaceful protests. “Police abuse […]

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Fukushima: Japan must not ignore human rights obligations on nuclear waste disposal – UN experts

GENEVA, June 9, 2020 – UN human rights experts* today urged the Japanese Government to delay any decision on the ocean-dumping of nuclear waste water from the reactors at Fukushima Daiichi until after the COVID-19 crisis has passed and proper international consultations can be held. “We are deeply concerned by reports that the Government of […]

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UN rights expert urges Governments to save lives by lifting all economic sanctions amid COVID-19 pandemic

GENEVA (3 April 2020) – A UN human rights expert today called for the lifting of all  unilateral sanctions that obstruct the humanitarian responses of sanctioned States, in order to enable their health care systems to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and save lives. “I urge the international community to take immediate measures to lift, or […]

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COVID-19: Health care heroes need protection – UN expert

GENEVA (27 March 2020) – States and businesses must urgently step up their efforts to ensure that health care workers fighting the COVID-19 pandemic worldwide receive adequate protective equipment, said Baskut Tuncak, UN Special Rapporteur on hazardous substances. “The brave doctors, nurses, emergency first-responders and other medical professionals working on the frontlines of the global […]

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“Unacceptable” – UN expert urges better protection of older persons facing the highest risk of the COVID-19 pandemic

GENEVA (27 March 2020) – Society has a duty to exercise solidarity and better protect older persons who are bearing the lion’s share of the COVID-19 pandemic, a UN human rights expert said. “Reports of abandoned older persons in care homes or of dead corpses found in nursing homes are alarming. This is unacceptable,” said […]

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It’s dismaying to witness the President of the U.S. adopting alternative names for the COVID-19 Coronavirus, says UN expert

GENEVA, March 23, 2020 – Governments must ensure that their response to the COVID-19 pandemic does not contribute to xenophobia and racial discrimination, and must eradicate xenophobia  throughout all State policy and messaging, said E. Tendayi Achiume, UN Special Rapporteur on racism, on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. “Crises […]

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Commemorating 75 years since the liberation of Auschwitz, UN experts call for urgent action to combat antisemitism

GENEVA (23 January 2020) – States must take urgent and effective steps to monitor antisemitic incidents, ensure accountability for perpetrators of violence, and protect Jewish individuals, communities and sites as part of their effort to combat antisemitism, said UN human rights experts*. In a statement marking the International Holocaust Remembrance Day on 27 January 2020, […]

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Bachelet welcomes top court’s landmark decision to protect human rights from climate change

GENEVA (20 December 2019) – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Friday applauded a landmark decision by the Supreme Court of the Netherlands which requires the State to take more ambitious climate action in order to protect human rights from the adverse effects of climate change. The Netherlands’ highest court upheld an […]

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Ecuador: UN expert calls for urgent action to boost women’s rights law, free women jailed over abortion

GENEVA / QUITO Dec. 10, 2019 – Ecuador’s adoption of a comprehensive law to end violence against women marks significant progress in the fight against gender-based violence, however a number of obstacles are preventing it being fully operational, a UN human rights expert has concluded after a fact-finding visit. Proposed budget cuts, the criminalisation of […]