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UN Committee Against Torture to review Benin, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Germany, Mexico, South Africa, and the United Kingdom

The above are among the 166 States parties to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment

The UN Committee Against Torture will meet in Geneva from 23 April to 17 May, 2019 to review Benin, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Germany, Mexico, South Africa, and the United Kingdom. The above are among the 166 States parties to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman…

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Bachelet urges Sudan authorities to protect human rights and rule of law

Bachelet reiterated the readiness of the UN Human Rights Office to strengthen its engagement with Sudan to advise and assist the State in discharging fully its human rights obligations

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Friday reminded the authorities in Sudan of their overarching duty to ensure the protection of the human rights of all people and to refrain from the use of violence. “This is a very critical, volatile moment for Sudan and there is…

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UN disability rights experts issue findings on Cuba, Niger, Norway, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Spain, Turkey, and Vanuatu

The findings cover how the respective State is doing with regard to the rights of persons with disabilities

The UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities has published its findings on the following countries which it examined during its latest session from 11 March to 5 April: Cuba, Niger, Norway, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Spain, Turkey, and Vanuatu. The findings cover how the respective State is…

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Libya: Attacks against civilians and civilian infrastructure may amount to war crimes, Bachelet warns

The High Commissioner highlighted in particular the need to ensure protection of extremely vulnerable civilians

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Tuesday reminded all parties to the conflict in Libya of their obligations under international law to ensure the protection of civilians and civilian infrastructure, urging them to take measures to ensure civilians do not – once again – bear the brunt…

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Mali: International community must act to end cycle of violence, says UN Independent Expert

In the worst single attack, more than 150 Fulani herdsmen were killed, allegedly by members of the Dogon ethnic group

The upsurge of communal violence in Mali in which at least 160 people have been killed must be followed by fresh international action to stem the bloodshed, says a UN human rights expert.  A series of attacks in the central Mopti region on 23 March was followed by renewed violence…

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UN Human Rights Committee publishes findings on Angola, Eritrea, Estonia, Niger, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Viet Nam

The findings, officially termed concluding observations, contain positive aspects of the respective State’s implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights

The UN Human Rights Committee has published its findings on the civil and political rights record of countries it examined during its latest session: Angola, Eritrea, Estonia, Niger, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Viet Nam. The findings, officially termed concluding observations, contain positive aspects of the respective State’s implementation…

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Core group of parliamentarians of African descent meet in Brussels to set up global caucus

The purpose of the Decade is to encourage States to recognize people of African descent and their contributions to the societies in which they live

The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed the UN Decade of People of African Descent from 2015 until 2024. The purpose of the Decade is to encourage States to recognize people of African descent and their contributions to the societies in which they live. The Decade also seeks to overcome historical injustices and…

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The role of Parliamentarians of African Descent in the eradication of Racism and Xenophobia against People of African Descent

The purpose of the Decade is to encourage States to recognize people of African descent and their contributions to the societies in which they live

The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed the UN Decade of People of African Descent from 2015 until 2024. The purpose of the Decade is to encourage States to recognize people of African descent and their contributions to the societies in which they live. The Decade also seeks to overcome historical injustices and…

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UN report details horrors of western Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) violence, urges action to prosecute those responsible and prevent further bloodshed

The investigation team was able to verify that at least 535 men, women and children were killed and 111 others injured in Yumbi town, Bongende village and Nkolo II village

A special investigative mission to Yumbi territory in Mai-Ndombe province, in the west of the Democratic Republic of Congo, found that horrific intercommunal attacks carried out between 16 and 18 December 2018 at four locations were planned and executed with the support of customary chiefs and may amount to crimes…

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Statement of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi on the crash of Ethiopian Airlines flight ET 302

We are working to confirm how many UNHCR colleagues were among those on board the tragic flight

It is with great sadness and shock that I have learned today that UNHCR colleagues were among the passengers of the Ethiopian Airlines flight ET 302 which crashed in Ethiopia this morning. Colleagues from the United Nations and other partners were also on board. Ethiopian Airlines has confirmed that there…