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

African states affirm the rights of persons with disabilities in a new landmark Protocol

The Protocol is expected to trigger a much greater inclusion of the concerns of people with disabilities in laws, policies and budgets

The newly adopted Protocol to the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights has great potential to strengthen the implementation of universal human rights for 84 million Africans with disabilities, a UN human rights expert has said. “I welcome the African Union’s historic adoption of a Protocol that deals specifically…

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

Libya: United Nations expert calls for roadmap to tackle plight of thousands who have fled homes

Lasting solutions must be found for all those affected, including a new government plan and better coordination on the ground

Libya must intensify its efforts to meet the needs of hundreds of thousands of people who have been forced from their homes, a United Nations expert has concluded after an official visit to the country. Lasting solutions must be found for all those affected, including a new government plan and…

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OHCHR press briefing notes - (1) Maldives, (2) Kenya, (3) Myanmar

Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: Rupert Colville

[...] (2) Kenya We are concerned that three TV stations remain suspended for the third day today in Kenya after the Government accused them of “complicity” for airing footage of opposition leader Raila Odinga’s “inauguration ceremony”. We understand that this is in spite of an interim order by a Kenyan…

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Mauritania: UN rights experts urge immediate reform of “flawed” anti-discrimination law

The law fails to provide clear and adequate State protection against discriminatory acts and violence based on factors such as race, ethnicity, sex, language, religion or political views

A new law adopted in Mauritania represents a positive attempt to tackle discrimination, but raises major concerns for human rights and must be reformed, a group of UN human rights experts have said. “We are concerned that several provisions of this law could seriously undermine the rights of Mauritanians,” the…

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Egypt must halt executions, say United Nations human rights experts

The experts stressed that capital punishment may only be carried out for the most serious crimes and after a legal process which has included all possible safeguards to ensure a fair trial

A group of UN human rights experts has called on Egypt to halt all pending executions following repeated allegations of unfair trials. “We are particularly concerned by an apparently continuing pattern of death sentences handed out on the basis of evidence obtained through torture or ill treatment, often during a period…

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

Libya: UN expert on internally displaced people set for first official visit to Libya

An estimated 192,762 Libyans have been displaced from their homes but remain within the country

United Nations human rights expert Cecilia Jimenez-Damary will conduct her first official visit to Libya from 25 to 31 January 2018, to assess the human rights situation of people who have fled their homes. “An estimated 192,762 Libyans have been displaced from their homes but remain within the country,” said…

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OHCHR press briefing notes - (1) Democratic Republic of the Congo, (2) Ethiopia

Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: Ravina Shamdasani

(1) DRC We are deeply concerned about what appears to be a recurring pattern of repression – including through the use of force – of demonstrations in the DRC in the context of rising political tensions. Last Sunday, the UN Joint Human Rights Office in the DRC* recorded at least…

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Indigenous rights must be respected during Kenya climate change project, say UN experts

The Sengwer are facing repeated attacks and forced evictions by agents of the Kenya Forest Service, which is an implementing agency in the project financed by the European Union

Three independent experts* appointed by the UN have expressed concerns about recent reports that indigenous Sengwer peoples in western Kenya have been attacked and forcibly evicted from their homes as a result of the implementation of the Water Towers Protection and Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation project, an EU-funded water…

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Statement attributable to Rupert Colville, Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on Tunisia protests

778 people have been arrested since Monday, some 200 of them between the ages of 15 and 20

Statement attributable to Rupert Colville, Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on Tunisia protests : We are closely watching the demonstrations across Tunisia and the authorities’ response to them. We are concerned about the high number of arrests – 778 people have been arrested since Monday, some…

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UN human rights experts call for perpetrators of widespread human rights violations to be brought to justice in South Sudan

The atrocities and violations are no longer just confined to a few parts of South Sudan; they are happening all across South Sudan

Four years following the start of the current conflict in South Sudan, gross human rights violations continue to be committed in a widespread way by all parties to the conflict, in which civilians are bearing the brunt, says the Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan* at the conclusion of…