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Italy: UN experts condemn criminalisation of migrant rescues

GENEVA, July 18, 2019 – UN human rights experts* have expressed grave concern over the detention and criminal proceedings in Italy against the German captain of the migrant rescue vessel Sea-Watch 3, and stated that the threats to the judge who ruled her release were unlawful. “Rescuing migrants in distress at sea is not a […]

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Occupied Palestinian Territory: UN human rights expert says Israel bent on further annexation

AMMAN, July 12, 2019 – One of the UN’s independent experts has voiced concern about lack of human rights accountability in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, pointing to the actions of “an occupying power seemingly bent on further territorial annexation”. Michael Lynk, the UN Special Rapporteur for the situation of human rights in the Palestinian Territory […]

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UN rights experts urge more protection for LGBTI refugees

July 1, 2019 – States and other actors involved in refugee protection must recognise the unique vulnerability and specific needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex and gender diverse (LGBTI) asylum-seekers and refugees, the UN Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, Victor Madrigal-Borloz, and UNHCR’s Assistant […]

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New global approach needed to eliminate violence against women and girls, says UN expert

GENEVA (27 June 2019) – “A new system-wide global approach is necessary to eliminate violence against women and girls,”  said Dubravka Šimonović, the Special Rapporteur on violence against women, in a report today to the Human Rights Council in Geneva. “I believe that the establishment of a platform for cooperation between international  and regional independent […]

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International Day in Support of Victims of Torture: UN human rights experts call for justice and rehabilitation

GENEVA June 25, 2019 – Victims of torture have a right to redress, including compensation and rehabilitation, the UN anti-torture mechanisms* said today ahead of the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, June 26. These mechanisms exist to help ensure justice is done and rehabilitation provided, they said, emphasizing that victims should be […]

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Khashoggi killing: UN human rights expert says Saudi Arabia is responsible for “premeditated execution”

GENEVA, June 19, 2019 – Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was the victim of a premeditated extrajudicial execution, for which the State of Saudi Arabia is responsible, according to a report published today by the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary killings. Following a six-month investigation, Agnes Callamard issued her findings into the killing […]

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Iran: Executions of child offenders must stop, say UN experts

GENEVA May 9, 2019 – UN human rights experts* called on Iran to immediately halt the practice of executing child offenders, citing serious concerns for up to 90 individuals who were all under the age of 18 at the time of their alleged offences and are on death row. “The executions of two 17-year-old boys […]

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Greece must put gender equality at the heart of economic and social recovery, say UN independent experts

GENEVA / ATHENS April 12, 2019 – Greece has a unique opportunity to simultaneously strengthen its economy and drive progress on women’s human rights by prioritising gender equality in its social and economic recovery, says a group of UN independent experts. “Greece has established a strong legal and institutional framework for advancing gender equality. We […]

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The Netherlands: UN expert calls on Government to build resilience into country’s longstanding achievements in upholding freedom of religion or belief

GENEVA/THE HAGUE April 5, 2019 – The Government of the Netherlands must reinforce its achievements in upholding freedom of religion or belief, to address emerging challenges like rising antisemitism and Islamophobia, says the UN Special Rapporteur on the issue, Ahmed Shaheed. “The guarantees of freedom of religion or belief provided in law and in practice […]

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India: UN human rights experts condemn Rohingya deportations

GENEVA April 2, 2019 – UN human rights experts* condemned the Indian Government’s decision to deport three more Rohingya to Myanmar and urged the authorities to stop such forced deportations which are prohibited under international law. The three Rohingyas deported, a father and his children, had been imprisoned since 2013, on charges related to lack […]