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Israel’s exploitation of Palestinian resources is human rights violation, says UN expert

GENEVA, March 19, 2019 – Israel’s exploitation of natural resources in the Occupied Palestinian Territory for its own use is in direct violation of its legal responsibilities as an occupying power, says UN Special Rapporteur Michael Lynk. “For nearly five million Palestinians living under occupation, the degradation of their water supply, the exploitation of their […]

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Statelessness of millions of minority people must be addressed urgently, says UN human rights expert

GENEVA, March 13, 2019 — Millions around the world are deprived of citizenship because they belong to specific minorities, increasing their vulnerability and exclusion, says a UN human rights expert. “The horrific human tragedies and the humanitarian crisis involving the one million or so members of the Rohingya minority who are stateless highlight the extent […]

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The world needs women’s leadership, say UN human rights experts

GENEVA, March 8, 2019  — Women’s leadership and equal participation in public affairs is a key element of democracy and a pre-requisite for achieving sustainable development, independent experts from the UN’s Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (Committee) said today in Geneva in a joint statement with the Inter-Parliamentary Union on the occasion […]

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No Justification for Israel to Shoot Protesters with Live Ammunition, finds UN Independent Commission

GENEVA, Feb. 28, 2019 – The United Nations Independent Commission of Inquiry on the protests in the Occupied Palestinian Territory today presented its findings. The report focuses on the demonstrations in the Gaza Strip, referred to as the “Great March of Return and the Breaking of the Siege”. “The Commission has reasonable grounds to believe […]

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Turkey: UN expert delivers early findings in Khashoggi probe

GENEVA, Feb. 7, 2019 – The UN Special Rapporteur leading an independent human rights inquiry into the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi said his murder was the gravest violation of the most fundamental of all rights, the right to life. “Evidence collected during my mission to Turkey shows prime facie case that Mr. Khashoggi […]

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UN expert urges DRC to restore internet service

GENEVA, Jan. 8, 2018 – A United Nations expert has called on the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo to restore internet services in the country. General elections were held on 30 December and the next day all primary telecommunications were shut down ahead of the announcement of the results. “A general network shutdown […]

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Myanmar: UN expert dismayed by jail terms for Kachin activists

GENEVA December 11, 2018 – A UN human rights expert has expressed her dismay at the imprisonment of three ethnic Kachin activists for allegedly criticizing the Myanmar military during peaceful demonstrations in April. “It is wholly unacceptable that Lum Zawng, Nang Pu and Zau Jet have been sent to jail merely for making statements about […]

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UN poverty expert warns against tsunami of unchecked privatization of public goods

NEW YORK, October 19, 2018 –  Widespread privatization of public goods in many societies is systematically eliminating human rights protections and further marginalizing those living in poverty, according to a new report. Philip Alston, the UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, criticized the extent to which the World Bank, the International Monetary […]