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Why the Rush for Seabed Mining? Intrigue, Collusion and Interesting Bedfellows

July 17, 2019 - Start-up companies are driving a speculative rush for seabed minerals in an unholy alliance with the very UN body charged...

UN Refugee Agency deeply concerned about new U.S. asylum restrictions

July 16, 2019 - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is deeply concerned about the new rule barring from asylum the majority of people crossing...

US Objects to New Global Rules to Better Control Exports of Contaminated and Mixed...

Seattle, WA. July 15, 2019 - The US is the sole member of the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) -- the group...

20 million children miss out on lifesaving measles, diphtheria and tetanus vaccines in 2018

NEW YORK/GENEVA, 15 July 2019 – 20 million children worldwide – more than 1 in 10 – missed out on lifesaving vaccines such as...

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...

Syria: US Coalition Should Address Civilian Harm

Beirut, July 9, 2019 – The United States-led coalition against the Islamic State (also known as ISIS) should address the harm to civilians during...

UN rights chief says U.S. holding of migrant children may violate international law

July 8, 2019 - Conditions in which migrants and refugees are being held in the United States are appalling, said the UN human rights...

‘Committed’ CO2 emissions jeopardize international climate goals, UCI-led study finds

Irvine, Calif., July 1, 2019 – The nations that have signed agreements to stabilize the global mean temperature by 2050 will fail to meet...

UNESCO fails its mission to protect unique landscape of Three Parallel Rivers in Tibet

July 1, 2019 - International Campaign for Tibet statement on UNESCO’s draft decision on “Three Parallel Rivers of Yunnan” The International Campaign for Tibet (ICT)...

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,...

Misinformation and growing distrust on vaccines, ‘dangerous as a disease’ says UNICEF chief

June 28, 2019 - Vaccines save millions of lives, and yet misinformation, limited availability and inadequate access to services have left large numbers of...

States obligated to ensure social inclusion of trafficking victims in the long-term, says UN...

GENEVA (27 June 2019) – States around the world have an obligation to ensure social inclusion of victims of trafficking in the long-term, says...

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...

Backsliding by G20 Countries on Climate Commitments is Unacceptable, says CAN

June 26, 2019 - In light of the worrying signals that the G20 are sending about their commitment to climate ambition, civil society representatives...

International Day in Support of Victims of Torture: UN human rights experts call for...

GENEVA June 25, 2019 - Victims of torture have a right to redress, including compensation and rehabilitation, the UN anti-torture mechanisms* said today ahead...
Changing families give rise to needed policy changes. Sao Mimol kisses her partner in Cambodia during an LGBT Pride event.

UN report on families in a changing world puts ‘women’s rights at their core’

June 25, 2019 - While women’s rights have advanced over the decades, gender inequalities and other fundamental human rights violations within families persist, according...

Bahrain: Questions to Ask at Palestine Workshop

Beirut, June 25, 2019 – Participants in the ‘Peace to Prosperity’ workshop on June 25 and 26 in Manama, and journalists covering the event,...

UN expert calls for immediate moratorium on the sale, transfer and use of surveillance...

GENEVA. June 25, 2019 - The United Nations Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression, David Kaye, today called for an immediate moratorium...

Failing to protect biodiversity can be a human rights violation – UN experts

GENEVA, June 25, 2019 - A group of UN experts* has warned the erosion of nature, the extinction of species and the loss of...

Myanmar’s Rohingya Massacre Survivors Struggle with Long-Term Disabilities

NEW YORK, June 25, 2019 – A new report from Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) exposes an underreported legacy of the August 2017 violence against Muslim...