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Bosnia-Herzegovina: Karadžić life sentence sends powerful message to the world

March 20, 2019 - Responding to the decision by the Appeals Chamber of the International Residual Mechanisms for Criminal Tribunals to increase Radovan Karadžić’s...

Finland Again is the Happiest Country in the World

NEW YORK, NY, March 20, 2019 - As in 2018, Finland again takes the top spot as the happiest country in the world according to...

Thailand: Structural Flaws Subvert Election

New York, March 19, 2019 – Thailand’s military government has failed to create conditions for a free and fair national election on March 24,...

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...

Israeli Supreme Court Rules to Disqualify Kahanist Candidate Michael Ben Ari

March 17, 2019 - The Israeli Supreme Court ruled 8-1 to disqualify Michael Ben Ari from running for the 21st Knesset. Ben Ari  was...

B’Tselem: Israeli “investigations” into 2018 Gaza protests a whitewashing mechanism to allow further killing

March  18, 2019 - Ahead of the UN Security Council meeting today (Monday, 18 March 2019) on the findings of the UN commission of...

Mozambique cyclone: “90 per cent” of Beira and surrounds damaged or destroyed

Beira/Nairobi/Geneva, 18 March 2019 — The scale of damage caused by cyclone Idai that hit the Mozambican city of Beira is massive and horrifying....

US Threatens International Criminal Court

Washington, DC, March 15, 2019 – The United States decision to impose visa bans on International Criminal Court (ICC) staff will imperil accountability for...

Make this the year of ‘transformative solutions’ to avert disastrous climate change: UN Deputy...

March 14, 2019 - It is within our power to make 2019 the “year of transformative solutions” and “avoid the disastrous effects of climate...

China’s response to UN rights review blatantly ignores its persecution of Tibetans

GENEVA, March 14, 2019 - China’s response to a United Nations review of the country’s human rights record represents a blatant denial of the...

Committee to Protect Journalists Releases ‘The Last Column’ to Highlight the Human Cost of...

New York, NY, March 13, 2019 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), an independent, nonprofit organization that promotes press freedom worldwide, today announced the...

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

GENEVA, March 13, 2019 — Millions around the world are deprived of citizenship because they belong to specific minorities, increasing their vulnerability and exclusion,...

UN calls for urgent rethink as resource use skyrockets

NAIROBI, March 13, 2019 - Rapid growth in extraction of materials is the chief culprit in climate change and biodiversity loss – a challenge...

Parliament wants to suspend EU accession negotiations with Turkey

March 13, 2019 - Following years of severe political and democratic backsliding, the European Parliament recommended suspending EU accession negotiations with Turkey. The European Parliament...

UN unveils global influenza strategy to prevent ‘real’ threat of pandemic

March 11, 2019 -A new UN-led plan has been unveiled to tackle the estimated one billion cases of influenza which occur each year, and...

Let us keep ‘their spirit of service alive’: Guterres leads tributes to UN workers...

March 11, 2019 -  United Nations flags flew at half-mast around the world on Monday to honour the more than 150 people killed in...

People are essential to conserving pollinators

March 11, 2019 - A global study has concluded that people are essential to conserving the pollinators that maintain and protect biodiversity, agriculture and...

Seven WFP staff members died in the Ethiopian Airlines tragedy

ROME, March 10, 2019 - Statement of WFP Executive Director David Beasley Today is a profoundly sad one for the World Food Programme, as we...

China tightens control and surveillance measures for 60th anniversary of Tibetan National Uprising

March 10, 2019 - Tibetans are preparing to observe the 60th anniversary of the March 10 anniversary of Tibet’s National Uprising in 1959, which coincides...

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...