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UN human rights expert group begins seventh mission to South Sudan, Uganda, Kenya and Ethiopia

The Commissioners also intend to visit camps and settlements for internally displaced persons across the country

Members of the UN Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan will begin their seventh field mission to South Sudan, Uganda, Kenya and Ethiopia today. The mission will take place from 19 to 29 August 2019. The three Commissioners taking part in the mission, Yasmin Sooka (chairperson), Andrew Clapham and…

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UN Human Rights Committee publishes findings on Equatorial Guinea, Mauritania, Netherlands, Nigeria, Paraguay, and Tajikistan

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

The UN Human Rights Committee has published its findings on the civil and political rights record of countries it examined during its latest session: Equatorial Guinea, Mauritania, Netherlands, Nigeria, Paraguay, and Tajikistan. The findings, officially termed concluding observations, contain positive aspects of the respective State’s implementation of the International Covenant…

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UN women’s rights experts issue findings on Austria, Cabo Verde, Côte d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Guyana, Mozambique, and Qatar

The findings cover how the respective States parties are doing with regard to women’s rights, detailing positive developments, main areas of concern, and recommendations for action

The UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women has published its findings on the countries it examined during its session from 1 to 19 July 2019: Austria, Cabo Verde, Côte d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Guyana, Mozambique, and Qatar. The findings cover how the respective States parties…

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Sudan: UN experts denounce Internet shutdown, call for immediate restoration

The Human Rights Council has unequivocally condemned measures that intentionally prevent or disrupt access to information online

UN human rights experts* have denounced measures taken by the authorities to shut down the Internet in Sudan, saying it stifles free expression and association. “In the past few weeks, we have continued to receive reports on Internet blocking of social media platforms by the Transitional Military Council,” the experts…

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Human Rights Committee reviews the situation of Civil and Political Rights in Nigeria

Committee Experts thanked the delegation for their presence and stressed that the purpose was to find common ground

The Human Rights Committee concluded today its review of the implementation of the provisions of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights in Nigeria. In his opening remarks, Audu Ayinla Kadiri, Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the United Nations Office at Geneva, said the composition of the Nigerian delegation was…

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Bachelet urges Sudan to restore freedoms, investigate violations and move swiftly to civilian rule

Bachelet said her office had received a number of allegations of excessive use of force by the security forces against protestors

As more details emerge about casualties during Sunday’s mass protests in towns and cities across Sudan, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Wednesday called on the Sudanese authorities to lift restrictions on the internet and launch proper independent investigations into all acts of violence and allegations…

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UN Women’s Rights Committee to review Austria, Cabo Verde, Côte d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Guyana, Mozambique, and Qatar

All the countries under review are party to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women and so are reviewed regularly

The UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) is meeting in Geneva from July 1 to 19 to review the situation of women’s rights in the following countries: Austria, Cabo Verde, Côte d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Guyana, Mozambique, and Qatar. All the countries under review…

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Comment on the treatment and death in custody of former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi

The following comment is attributable to Rupert Colville, Spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

By Rupert Colville, Spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights “As former President Mohammed Morsi was in the custody of the Egyptian authorities at the time of his death, the State is responsible for ensuring he was treated humanely and that his right to life…

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Mali: Cycle of violence against civilians must stop, says UN expert

The expert said the Sobanou-Kou attack on 9 June which continued overnight is part of an intensification of the deadly cycle of violence in central Mali

Alioune Tine, the Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Mali, says continuing deadly attacks on civilians in certain areas of the country could be described as crimes against humanity and urged stronger protection of people and property. Tine made the remarks following the weekend attack on the…

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Bachelet welcomes Botswana High Court decision decriminalizing same-sex relations

The High Court unanimously found sections of the Penal Code that criminalize same-sex relations to be unconstitutional and a violation of human rights

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Tuesday warmly welcomed the decision by the High Court of Botswana to decriminalize consensual same-sex relations between adults by striking down relevant provisions of the country’s Penal Code. The High Court unanimously found sections of the Penal Code that criminalize…