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

Kenya: United Nations experts urge government and business to uphold human rights

During the visit, the experts met representatives of Government, business, and civil society to discuss opportunities and challenges

The United Nations Working Group on business and human rights is urging the authorities in Kenya to turn ideals set out in the 2010 national constitution into action that ensures businesses respect human rights. “Kenya has the advantage of a solid legal framework for action, and the Government must first…

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

Kenya: United Nations experts visit to assess human rights and business

Kenya is one of the fastest growing economies in sub-Saharan Africa, relying on sectors such as agriculture, small-scale consumer goods, tourism, services, transport, information technology, and a growing oil and mining sector

The UN Working Group on business and human rights will undertake its first official visit to Kenya from 2 to 11 July to assess efforts to prevent, mitigate and remedy adverse human rights impacts of business operations. Kenya is one of the fastest growing economies in sub-Saharan Africa, relying on…

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

Eritrea: United Nations expert says embracing human rights vital to shape successful future

Sheila Keetharuth expressed concern that the human rights violations she identified in her first and subsequent reports, as well as in those of the Commission of Inquiry in Eritrea remained unchanged

The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Eritrea expressed concern that patterns of violations identified over the past six years persist, namely arbitrary and incommunicado detention, indefinite military/national service amounting to forced labour and severe restrictions on fundamental freedoms. In her fifth and final report to…

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

Mali: UN Independent Expert undertakes his first mission before the start of the election campaign

The visit comes against a backdrop of continuing serious violations and abuses of international human rights law and international humanitarian law in the centre and north of the country

The Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Mali, Alioune Tine, will visit Mali from 25 to 29 March 2018, in the context of growing insecurity before the scheduled elections for the 29 July 2018. "My focus will be on this pre-election period and on human rights issues.…

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

Democratic Republic of Congo: United Nations experts urge review of draft Non-governmental organization (NGO) bill

The experts urged the Congolese authorities to undertake a comprehensive review of the draft Bill in light of international human rights standards

UN human rights experts urge the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to undertake a comprehensive review of a draft Bill aimed at regulating the work of non-governmental organisations, saying it threatens the vital work of civil society. The Bill sets new restrictions aimed at reducing the number of NGOs operating…

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

Zeid applauds first hearing of human rights case by specialized chamber in Tunisia

Its first hearing centres on the case of 13 people, including former high-ranking officials, who are accused of involvement in the enforced disappearance, torture and killing of an Islamist activist, Kamel Matmati, in October 1991

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on Wednesday warmly welcomed the opening in Tunisia of the first hearing by a Specialized Criminal Chamber of a case concerning gross human rights violations committed between 1955 and December 2013. Tunisia’s Truth and Dignity Commission (L’Instance Vérité et Dignité),…

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

UN experts urge Kenya to protect environmental defenders

This is the third time UN experts have called on the Government to protect and promote the rights of the environmentalists

The Kenyan Government must urgently take measures to protect defenders who have faced harassment and intimidation after they testified against a local lead smelter accused of environmental pollution, UN human rights experts* say. Cases of lead poisoning have been reported in the area near the smelter. Alfred Ogola, Wilfred Kamencu,…

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

Healthcare under attack in Libya

Between 1 May 2017 and 1 May 2018, the UN has recorded 36 attacks on medical facilities, personnel or patients, although the actual number is likely to be significantly higher

Violence in Libya continues to have a devastating impact on health care in the country, with hospitals and other medical facilities bombed, shelled and looted; medical personnel targeted, attacked and even taken hostage or arbitrarily detained; and patients at times denied prompt life-saving care or attacked while getting treatment, according…

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

Tension grips Burundi after deadly attack and as referendum approaches – Zeid

Ten women and 11 children were among the victims of the attack by unidentified armed men on the village of Ruhamagara, in Cibitoke Province

Highlighting the rising tension following a recent deadly attack on a village in Burundi that left 26 civilians dead, UN Human Rights Chief Zeid Ra’ad al Hussein on Tuesday expressed concern about a possible upsurge in violence during the run-up to Thursday’s controversial constitutional referendum. Ten women and 11 children…