26 October 2016

Council of Europe calls on member states to ban genetic tests for insurance purposes

26 October 2016

The Council of Europe calls upon the Governments of its Member States to ensure non-discrimination , including on grounds of genetic characteristics, and the protection of private life in the framework of insurance contracts covering risks related to health, age or death.

25 October 2016
Venezuela: Urgent measures needed to address shortages of medicine and food

Venezuela: Urgent measures needed to address shortages of medicine and food

25 October 2016

The Venezuelan government has targeted critics of its ineffective efforts to alleviate severe shortages of essential medicines and food while the crisis persists, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on 24 October. 

24 October 2016
United Nations Day

United Nations Day

24 October 2016

On 24 October, UN Day is celebrated. This year's UN Day will be used to highlight concrete actions people can take to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

21 October 2016
Greece in 2016: Vulnerable people left behind

Greece in 2016: Vulnerable people left behind

21 October 2016

On 20 October, reported that seven months after the signature of the EU-Turkey deal and despite the huge amount of funds pledged by the EU, more than 50,000 migrants and refugees still live in substandard conditions in Greece and lack proper access to healthcare.

20 October 2016
UN marked fiftieth anniversary of key human rights covenants

UN marked fiftieth anniversary of key human rights covenants

20 October 2016

19 October, the United Nations General Assembly marked the fiftieth anniversary of the adoption of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

19 October 2016

How to fight human trafficking: new guide for governments

19 October 2016

On 18 October, to mark the 10th European  Anti-Trafficking  Day, the Council of Europe’s Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) published a new guidebook for national authorities based on examples of good practice from across the continent.

18 October 2016
Businesses are at legal risk by neglecting human rights: Survey

Businesses are at legal risk by neglecting human rights: Survey

18 October 2016

Companies which fail to check for infringements on human rights in their business and their suppliers are putting themselves at legal and reputational risk, according to a new report.

17 October 2016

OSCE holds second training seminar for regional judges in Kazakhstan on anti-torture standards

17 October 2016

The OSCE Programme Office in Astana held its second training seminar in 2016 on  anti-torture  standards for some 30 judges from regional courts on 17 October 2016.

14 October 2016
António Guterres appointed next UN Secretary-General by acclamation

António Guterres appointed next UN Secretary-General by acclamation

14 October 2016

On 13 October 2016, The General Assembly today appointed by acclamation the former Prime Minister of Portugal, António Guterres, as the next United Nations Secretary-General, to succeed Ban Ki-moon when he steps down on 31 December.

13 October 2016
‘Massive scale-up’ needed if global targets on tuberculosis are to be met – top UN health official

‘Massive scale-up’ needed if global targets on tuberculosis are to be met – top UN health official

13 October 2016

On 13 October, Highlighting “considerable” inequalities among countries when it comes to enabling people with tuberculosis to access cost-effective diagnosis and treatment, a new United Nations health report has called for political commitment and increased funding to prevent, detect and treat the disease if global targets are to be met.