FF Plus takes minority worries to UN

2014-11-26 18:46

The reopening of the land claims process and concerns about farm attacks in South Africa are among issues presented to the UNHRC forum in Geneva, Switzerland, the FF Plus says.

Islamic State accused of mass killings

2014-08-25 21:14

The United Nations has condemned appalling, widespread crimes by Islamic State forces in Iraq, including mass executions of prisoners.

Prison assault complaint lodged

2014-03-20 13:32

A complaint has been lodged with the SAHRC against the correctional services department’s emergency security team for allegedly beating, electrocuting and torturing inmates.

Sri Lanka slams UN rights chief

2014-02-25 09:00

Sri Lanka has accused the UN rights chief of "unwarranted interference" for a probe into allegations that government forces killed thousands of civilians during the Tamil civil war.

First UN aid flight takes off from Iraq for Syria

2013-12-15 20:04

The first UN aid flight from Iraq to Syria has taken off after being delayed for several days due to bad weather, according to reports.

Mali vote deal almost done

2013-06-12 19:09

Mediators in the Mali conflict have arrived in Bamako to get President Dioncounda Traore's approval of a deal with northern Tuareg rebels that would pave the way for nationwide polls next month.

Eritrea crackdown - thousands flee

2013-06-05 16:57

A brutal government repression in Eritrea, including extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances and torture, is leaving its citizens with no option but to flee.

Oxfam wants improved access to Syria

2013-04-30 18:09

Aid organisation Oxfam has urged the UN Security Council to help improve humanitarian access to war-torn Syria, saying more funds are needed as the "catastrophe worsens”.

Disease stalks Iraqi camps for Syrians

2013-04-02 20:31

Crowding in Iraqi camps for Syrians, who have fled their war-ravaged homeland, is raising the risk of disease, the UN refugee agency has warned.

SA report to UNHRC 'warmly received'

2012-06-11 17:40

South Africa's report to the UN Human Rights Commission has focused on issues involving socio-economic and cultural rights.

UN: 5 000 displaced in DRC's North Kivu

2012-05-02 20:39

The UNHCR says nearly 5 000 people are displaced after clashes in DRC's North Kivu province.

SA needs prison torture laws

2011-11-30 22:37

South Africa urgently needs laws that criminalise torture in its penal system if it is to prevent the type of abuses the country was chastised for by the UN Human Rights Committee, prison activists say.

UN to discuss rising Syria death toll

2011-10-06 20:42

More than 2 900 people have been killed in Syria since the start of a crackdown on anti-regime protests, the UN says a day before its human rights body is to discuss the situation.

Sri Lanka execution video authentic - UN

2011-05-30 22:13

A UN envoy has confirmed that a video allegedly depicting Sri Lanka troops executing Tamil Tigers was authentic, and that the actions were definitive war crimes.

33 000 Somalis flee surge in fighting

2011-04-09 07:12

An estimated 33 000 Somalis have fled fighting in central and south Somalia in the past six weeks, the UN refugee agency says.

UN backs Israel ship raid report

2010-09-29 19:02

The UN Human Rights council has agreed to back a report which found "clear evidence" for legal action against Israel over its attack on an aid flotilla.

US drones are 'licence to kill'

2010-06-02 22:13

A UN human rights expert has condemned the United States' targeted killings using drones, warning that the practice amounted to a "licence to kill without accountability".

UNHRC must act on Zim - Nowak

2009-10-29 12:20

The UN torture expert Manfred Nowak says he will recommend that the UN Human Rights Council take action against Zimbabwe after his expulsion from the country.


4 killed in Boko Haram attack in Cameroon

2014-09-21 09:17

Four civilians have been killed in the remote north of Cameroon in a cross-border attack by Boko Haram militants.

SA must condemn Uganda gay law - SAHRC

2014-02-27 19:29

South Africa must speak out against homophobic Ugandan legislation, the SA Human Rights Commission says.

Civilians flee threatened South Sudan town

2014-01-18 16:02

Civilians have again fled the flashpoint South Sudan town of Bor ahead of a looming new assault by government forces.

Syrian refugees face exploitation - UN

2013-08-06 15:41

Syrians who flee their war-torn country face recruitment as child soldiers, sexual violence, and exploitation for labour, the UN refugee agency has warned.

Groups predicts more xenophobic attacks

2013-06-07 21:09

Xenophobia attacks in South Africa have not ended, Lawyers for Human Rights say.

Doubts over Syria's chemical weapon use

2013-05-06 16:38

UN investigators into rights abuses in Syria have stressed they had no conclusive proof that either side in the conflict has used chemical weapons.

35 000 Syria refugees return home

2013-04-05 16:04

Almost 35 000 Syrian refugees have returned home from Jordan since their country's conflict broke out in March 2011, but a larger number joined the exodus last month alone.

Syria refugees lack medical care

2013-02-07 21:22

More than half of the estimated 300 000 Syrian refugees who have fled to Lebanon are not receiving the medical treatment they need because of high costs, Doctors Without Borders says.

Syria boycotts UN torture hearing

2012-05-16 22:54

Syria boycotted a hearing by the United Nations' main anti-torture body avoiding a grilling over its crackdown on civilians during a year-old uprising.

Israel cuts contact with UNHRC

2012-03-26 20:49

The Israeli foreign ministry has decided to cut contact with the UN Human Rights Council after it said last week it would investigate Israeli settlements, a spokesperson says.

Syria opposition urges tough line

2011-11-08 20:02

Syria's opposition is urging the Arab League to stand strong against President Bashar al-Assad's regime as the United Nations said its crackdown on dissent has left more than 3 500 people dead.

Syria death toll reaches 2 200

2011-08-22 18:47

Some 2 200 people have died in the Syrian regime's ongoing crackdown on protesters.

UN rights body fears civil war in Yemen

2011-05-27 19:06

The UN Human Rights Commission has voiced fears that Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh's government will plunge the country into civil war.

AfriForum turns to UN over farm murders

2011-04-04 16:03

AfriForum intends informing the UN Human Rights Council about the "alarming incidence" of farm murders in SA, as well as the hate speech lawsuit against ANC Youth League president Julius Malema.

Robinson: Focus on maternal health

2010-07-28 20:00

Ex-Irish president Mary Robinson has urged African leaders to boost support for maternal health, during a visit to Sierra Leone where mortality rates are among the highest in the world.

FIFA SWC transparency low

2010-03-08 21:42

South Africa, the hosts of the upcoming World Cup, has 'left behind' its commitments to ensure the right to housing in the context of the game.

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