26 June 2015

Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights voiced concern over recent developments in Yerevan

26 June 2015

On 23 June the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muižnieks has voiced serious concern over the use of force applied by the police to disperse peaceful protesters in Yerevan, Armenia.

UN rights chief calls opening of office to monitor issues in DPR Korea a ‘breakthrough’

26 June 2015
The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, called the opening in Seoul, Republic of Korea, of an office to work on human rights issues in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) a "breakthrough that would have been unthinkable only a few years ago." "It is rare that the opening of a small office is such big news," the High Commissioner told…
25 June 2015
Isil extremists blew up two Muslim burial sites in Palmyra

Isil extremists blew up two Muslim burial sites in Palmyra

25 June 2015

Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) extremists blew up two Muslim burial sites in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra, a Unesco World Heritage site, the AFP reported.

Ban Ki-moon calls for mobilisation against violent extremism

Ban Ki-moon calls for mobilisation against violent extremism

25 June 2015

In his address to PACE convened 23 June in plenary session in Strasbourg, United Nations Secretary General Ban  Ki-moon  assured Europe of UN support in combating violent extremism and the rise of antisemitism,  anti-muslim  attacks and related forms of discrimination.

‘Business can be a global force for good,’ Bans says as General Assembly honours UN Global Compact

25 June 2015

25 June 2015 — The business community and the private sector can make a difference as United Nations Member States are in the process of formulating a new sustainability agenda,  Secretary-General  Ban  Ki-moon  today said at the General Assembly, which was meeting to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the UN Global Compact.

23 June 2015
UNICEF speeds up response to prevent child trafficking in Nepal

UNICEF speeds up response to prevent child trafficking in Nepal

23 June 2015

At least 245 children have been intercepted from being trafficked and unnecessarily or illegally placed in children’s care homes since the first earthquake hit Nepal almost two months ago, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has reported.

North Korea to Instagram users: 'Warning! You can't connect to this website'

North Korea to Instagram users: 'Warning! You can't connect to this website'

23 June 2015

Opening the app with mobile devices on the North Korean carrier Koryolink has resulted in a notification in English saying: "Warning! You can’t connect to this website because it’s in blacklist site," the AP reported.

22 June 2015
Russia became the largest single recipient of new individual asylum claims worldwide in 2014

Russia became the largest single recipient of new individual asylum claims worldwide in 2014

22 June 2015

With a total of 274,700 registered individual asylum requests, the Russian Federation became the largest single recipient of new individual asylum claims worldwide in 2014, according to a new report from the UN Refugee Agency.

18 June 2015
Hungary to fence off border with Serbia to stop migrants

Hungary to fence off border with Serbia to stop migrants

18 June 2015

Hungary plans to build a fence along its border with Serbia to stem the flow of migrants, BBC reported. 

17 June 2015
Azerbaijan: UN rights office urges Government to ensure free expression and association

Azerbaijan: UN rights office urges Government to ensure free expression and association

17 June 2015

The United Nations rights office voices concern over "a shrinking democratic space" in Azerbaijan as human rights defenders, journalists and Government critics are increasingly being deprived of their liberty.