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Coronavirus - Africa: UN torture prevention body - COVID-19 shows need to strengthen national preventive mechanisms

The Subcommittee has been remotely assisting local NPMs to help safeguard detainees from torture and other ill-treatment

The UN Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture (SPT) has called for the role of domestic monitoring bodies, officially known as National Preventive Mechanisms (NPMs), to be strengthened, highlighting the importance of monitoring the conditions of people deprived of liberty in critical situations such as the current COVID-19 pandemic. The SPT, which monitors…

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Coronavirus - Africa: Disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on racial and ethnic minorities needs to be urgently addressed – Bachelet

In the United States, the COVID-19 death rate for African Americans is reported to be more than double that of other racial groups

Rising disparities in how COVID-19 is affecting communities, and the major disproportionate impact it is having on racial and ethnic minorities, including people of African descent, have exposed alarming inequalities within our societies, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said Tuesday. She noted that similar inequalities are also…

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Coronavirus - Africa: We must act now to avoid a catastrophe, say rights chiefs

The disease had reached all 54 African States, infecting nearly 88,172 people

Human rights chiefs from the United Nations and the African Commission today warned that tens of millions may become destitute in Africa as a result of COVID-19 and its economic impact with catastrophic human rights consequences. Michelle Bachelet, the UN’s High Commissioner for Human Rights, and Solomon Dersso, Chairperson of…

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Coronavirus - Sudan: Untold suffering awaits Sudan unless it receives a helping hand – Bachelet

As of 27 April, 275 people had been tested positive with COVID-19, 22 of whom have died

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Tuesday expressed serious concerns about the crisis facing Sudan’s transition in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, saying that untold suffering awaits unless donors act fast. Barely a year after the removal from power of long-time ruler Omar al-Bashir, Bachelet…

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Coronavirus - South Sudan: A severe coronavirus outbreak across South Sudan would have disastrous consequences for millions of vulnerable civilians, UN experts note

Government officials had already begun implementing certain precautionary measures including a nationwide curfew, limiting social gatherings, and closing down some establishments

As the first two cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in South Sudan were confirmed on 5 and 7 April respectively, members of the Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan urged the recently formed Transitional Government of National Unity to step up efforts to contain the spread of the virus. As…

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United Nations (UN) Human Rights Committee publishes findings on Central African Republic, Portugal, Tunisia, Uzbekistan and Dominica

The findings, available online, contain positive aspects of each country’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 Central African Republic, Portugal, Tunisia, Uzbekistan and Dominica which it reviewed during its latest session. Although the session, which was due to end on 27 March, was suspended in mid-March because of the…

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Coronavirus – Ethiopia: Press briefing note on Ethiopia, 27 March 2020

Authorities, medical professionals and relevant experts must be able to share accurate and vital information with each other and the public about the pandemic

Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: Rupert Colville Location: Geneva Date: 27 March 2020 Subject: Ethiopia We are very concerned by the continued communications shutdown in parts of Ethiopia, and more broadly call on all countries to ensure that everyone has ready and unhindered access to the internet and phone services,…

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South Sudan: To achieve lasting peace, localized violence must end, says Bachelet

Over 200 women and children are believed to have been abducted and subjected to sexual violence

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, today expressed serious concerns about the escalation in intercommunal violence in central and eastern South Sudan in the past month, urging State authorities to curb the bloodshed and bring those responsible to justice. Hundreds have been killed, women and children subjected…

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UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights issues findings on Belgium, Benin, Guinea, Norway, and Ukraine

The findings contain positive aspects of how the respective States are implementing the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

The UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights has published its findings on the countries it examined during its latest session from 17 February to 6 March 2020: Belgium, Benin, Guinea, Norway, and Ukraine. The findings contain positive aspects of how the respective States are implementing the International Covenant…

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UN Women’s Rights Committee to review Afghanistan, Bulgaria, Eritrea, Kiribati, Latvia, Pakistan, Republic of Moldova, and Zimbabwe

The above countries are among the 189 States parties to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women

The UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) is meeting in Geneva from 10 to 28 February 2020 to review the situation of women’s rights in the following countries: Afghanistan, Bulgaria, Eritrea, Kiribati, Latvia, Pakistan, Republic of Moldova, and Zimbabwe. The above countries are among the 189 States…