Source: Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) |

Madagascar: Combat dangerous myths and poverty to end attacks against people with albinism, says United Nations (UN) expert

Many people with albinism are prevented from obtaining gainful employment and accessing adequate education due to stigma and discrimination

A UN expert has called for urgent action to combat attacks against persons with albinism including murders and mutilations, which are spiking in Madagascar as dangerous myths and poverty persist. Babies and children remain prime targets among a doubling of attacks this year. “False beliefs, myths and superstitions that the…

Source: Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) |

Ethiopia: Critical moment to strengthen fight against trafficking in the Tigray, Afar, and Amhara

The UN experts raised serious concerns about Eritrean refugee women and children being at particular risk of trafficking for sexual exploitation, following abductions and displacement

Women and girls in the Tigray, Afar and Amhar are increasingly vulnerable to abduction and trafficking for sexual exploitation as they flee the conflict in Northern Ethiopia, UN experts* warned today. The protracted armed conflict in the Tigray, Afar and Amhara regions of Ethiopia have heightened risks of trafficking for…

Source: Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) |

United Nations (UN) experts warn that South Sudan's peace process needs urgent attention to prevent violence escalating

The Peace Agreement included a national consultation process on establishing the Commission on Truth, Reconciliation and Healing

The international community urgently needs to pay more attention to the escalating violence proliferating at a local level all over South Sudan, warned United Nations-appointed human rights experts during a visit to New York which concluded yesterday. "In meetings with United Nations officials here, we tried to get across the…

Source: Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) |

Madagascar: United Nations (UN) expert to assess human rights of people with albinism

The expert plans to meet with various stakeholders, including authorities, civil society organizations, and persons with albinism in Antananarivo, Fort Dauphin, Amboasary, and Ambovombe

The Independent Expert on the enjoyment of human rights by persons with albinism, Muluka-Anne Miti-Drummond, will conduct an official visit to Madagascar from 20 to 30 September 2022. “My visit will allow me to obtain information on, among others, the right to health, education and employment of people with albinism.…

Source: Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) |

Burundi must engage in credible and inclusive democratisation process, says United Nations (UN) expert

The Special Rapporteur recommended that Burundi ratify the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance

Burundi must engage more effectively in the rule of law and the fight against impunity for violations and abuses committed since 2015, a UN independent expert said today. Despite commitments and measures taken by the government, the human rights situation in Burundi has not changed in a substantial and sustainable…

Source: Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) |

Tunisia: Judges’ right to association and protest must be respected, say United Nations (UN) experts

The Council is scheduled to hold a disciplinary hearing on the case, to decide whether or not to lift the judicial immunity that Judge Hmedi currently enjoys

Diego García-Sayán, the Special Rapporteur on Independence of Judges and Lawyers, and Clément Nyaletossi Voule, Special Rapporteur on the Rights to Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and of Association, expressed grave concern over the excessive restrictions on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association of judges peacefully protesting…

Source: Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) |

Africa-Middle East Regional Forum to spotlight stronger protection for minorities and mark 30th anniversary of United Nations (UN) Declaration on Minorities

The Regional Forum for Africa and the Middle East is the third of four regional fora convened by the UN Special Rapporteur in 2022

The Africa-Middle East Regional Forum on minority issues will take place from 6-7 September 2022, with a focus on building stronger recognition and protection for the rights of minorities. The forum will mark the 30th anniversary of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious…

Source: Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) |

United Nations (UN) experts urge more action to ensure dignity, equity and justice for migrants, refugees and asylum seekers of African descent

International human rights law provides a robust framework for the protection of migrants, including refugees and asylum seekers

In a statement to mark the International Day for People of African Descent, UN experts said States must do more to combat the multiple forms of discrimination and violation of rights facing people of African descent.  “Today we celebrate the achievements and resilience of people of African descent, in the…

Source: Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) |

United Nations (UN) expert to visit Nigeria to assess human rights of older persons

The Independent Expert will assess social security and protection, care provision, elder abuse, age discrimination and ageism, and their meaningful participation in the labour force and in public space during her visit

The United Nations Independent Expert on the enjoyment of all human rights by older persons, Claudia Mahler will conduct an official visit to Nigeria from 29 August to 9 September 2022. “As the most populous country in Africa, Nigeria’s population is increasingly ageing, and older persons are projected to represent…

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United Nations (UN) fact finding mission on Libya’s statement on armed clashes in Tripoli

Violations stemming from such acts and omissions may constitute crimes entailing the international responsibility of the perpetrators and those who are supporting them

The UN Independent Fact-Finding Mission on Libya urges all parties involved in the hostilities in Tripoli to refrain from any further military escalation and to protect the human rights of civilians, including their lives and property as well as comply with international humanitarian law, amid reports of armed clashes in…