19 October 2015

Cuba: Authorities miserably fail on their promise to release graffiti artist

19 October 2015

The Cuban authorities’ failure to keep to their commitment to release a graffiti artist unfairly imprisoned nearly a year ago is a painful illustration of their disregard for freedom of expression, said Amnesty International.

16 October 2015
‘Rural women are the backbone of sustainable livelihoods,’ Ban Ki-moon declares

‘Rural women are the backbone of sustainable livelihoods,’ Ban Ki-moon declares

16 October 2015

Marking the International Day of Rural Women, the United Nations affirmed the role of women as significant and crucial for the progress of rural households, local and national economies.

14 October 2015

Expanding social protection offers a faster track to ending hunger – UN report

14 October 2015

A new report published by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) finds that social protection is emerging as a critical tool in the drive to eradicate hunger, yet the vast majority of the world’s rural poor are yet to be covered.

13 October 2015
Iran: Imprisoned cartoonist subjected to forced ‘virginity test’

Iran: Imprisoned cartoonist subjected to forced ‘virginity test’

13 October 2015

A recent revelation by satirical cartoonist Atena Farghadani that she was forced to undergo a "virginity and pregnancy test", prior to her trial for a charge of "illegitimate sexual relations" for shaking hands with her lawyer, has added another stain on Iran’s shameful record of violence against women, Amnesty International said.

12 October 2015
UN officials condemn terrorist bombings in Turkey

UN officials condemn terrorist bombings in Turkey

12 October 2015

United Nations  Secretary-General  Ban  Ki-moon  has denounced terrorist bombings in Ankara, Turkey.

09 October 2015

UN rights chief urges Mexico to end ‘misery’ of enforced disappearances and torture

09 October 2015

Despite significant progress towards building a solid human rights framework, the Mexican Government must nevertheless "bind itself to a new sense of urgency in solving the enormous human rights challenges it faces," Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, said today as he wrapped up an official visit to the country.

08 October 2015

UN launches ‘Nelson Mandela Rules’ on improving treatment of prisoners

08 October 2015

On 7 October, the United Nations launched the Revised Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners, dubbed the ‘Nelson Mandela Rules,’ which  Secretary-General  Ban Ki-moon  welcomed as "a great step forward" but also drew attention to three areas that could be strengthened from a human rights perspective.

07 October 2015

About 6,000 US inmates to be released early

07 October 2015

Roughly 6,000 federal inmates will be released in the coming weeks in an effort to ease prison crowding and lessen harsh penalties for  non-violent  offenders, US media report.

06 October 2015
UN, humanitarian community struggling to meet unprecedented needs of refugees

UN, humanitarian community struggling to meet unprecedented needs of refugees

06 October 2015

The global refugee crisis is so great that the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), other UN agencies and their partners today said that they are struggling to respond to and meet all the humanitarian needs they face.

05 October 2015

Afghan conflict: MSF 'disgust' at government hospital claims

05 October 2015

Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) has said it is "disgusted" by Afghan government statements justifying an air strike on its hospital in Kunduz, calling it an "admission of a war crime".