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Geneva, June 18 (JEN) The majority of civilians in Syria continue to bear the brunt of the ongoing conflict, the head of a United Nations-appointed human rights panel said Tuesday, noting that violence has escalated to an unprecedented level, humanitarian aid is arbitrarily denied and perpetrators of crimes have no fear of consequence. more
Security Council expresses condolences for journalists killed in Ukraine

New York, June 18 (JEN) The United Nations Security Council today voiced its deepest condolences to the families of all journalists who have been killed while covering the crisis in Ukraine, ...

UN condemns mass executions in Iraq

New York, Jun 17 (JEN): The United Nations human rights chief on Monday condemned the reported “cold-blooded” mass execution in Iraq in recent days, while Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon u ...

Ban urges laws to ensure dignity for elderly persons

New York, Jun 16 (JEN): Warning that elderly people in all societies can be vulnerable to physical, psychological and financial abuse, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday ...

Afghanistan: UN condemns mutilation of voters in western province

New York, Jun 16 (JEN): The top United Nations official in Afghanistan on Sunday strongly condemned what appears to be punishment doled out by the Taliban to nearly a dozen of people who had ...

UN deplores detention of rights defenders in Swaziland

New York, Jun 13 (JEN): A group of independent United Nations experts on Thursday voiced serious concerns at the arrest, detention and prosecution of human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko and t ...

At global summit, UN urges reparations for victims of sexual violence in conflict

New York, June 12 (JEN) Victims of conflict-related sexual violence need help rebuilding their lives, the United Nations today said today, launching, at a global summit in London a set of gu ...

Safety of journalists essential to vibrant, democratic societies, UN rights chief stresses

New York, June 12 (JEN) “Sound, bold and independent” journalism is vital in any democratic society, the United Nations human rights chief declared Wednesday, stressing the need to ensu ...

UN rights council urges universal protections for all

New York, Jun 11 (JEN): In her last opening statement to the United Nations Human Rights Council, outgoing High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay stressed on Tuesday the benefit to ...

UN calls for human rights-backed development agenda

New York, Jun 10 (JEN): A new global new development agenda based on human rights and the rule of law is the surest pathway to balancing the needs of people and the planet, while eradicating ...