Downing of MH17 'may amount to a war crime' - UN

2014-07-28 12:33

The downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 "may amount to a war crime", the UN says, adding that fighting in east Ukraine has claimed over 1 100 lives.

Gaza death toll hits 121 as Israel bombs dozens

2014-07-12 09:19

The death toll in the Gaza Strip has topped 121, as Israel bombed dozens of targets on the fifth day of airstrikes.

UNHCR slams caste-based sex attacks

2014-06-18 06:37

UN human rights chief Navi Pillay has urged India to ensure that perpetrators of caste-based sexual attacks do not escape justice.

Jordan's Prince Zeid to be next UN rights chief

2014-06-17 09:34

The UN General Assembly has unanimously approved Jordan's Ambassador Prince Zeid al Hussein as the next UN human rights chief. He will be the first Muslim and Arab to hold the post.

UN rights chief warns over racist Europeans

2014-06-10 18:09

UN human rights chief Navi Pillay is alarmed at the rise in extremist and racist rhetoric in Europe.

Bludgeoned Pakistani's husband 'strangled first wife'

2014-05-30 08:53

Pakistan's prime minister has demanded "immediate action" over the murder of a pregnant woman who was bludgeoned to death outside a courthouse, as her husband revealed that he strangled his first wife.

UN rights chief urges Morocco to do more

2014-05-29 14:04

The UN has lauded Morocco’s 2011 constitution and various measures to better protect the citizens’ rights, and urged that they be swiftly applied.

S Sudan ceasefire broken as rebels, army battle

2014-05-12 14:26

South Sudanese rebels and government troops have waged fresh battles, breaking a new ceasefire deal and dashing hopes to a swift end to five months of brutal civil war.

UN rights chief warns South Sudan leaders

2014-04-30 11:24

The UN’s top human rights official has warned South Sudan’s leaders they would be responsible should the “real danger” of famine become reality.

3 600+ cases of sexual violence in DRC

2014-04-10 07:55

A new UN report says more than 3 600 women, children and men have been subjected to sexual violence in DRC over a 4-year period by the country’s defence and security forces or armed rebels.

UN panel identifies war criminals in Syria

2014-03-18 22:40

A UN panel investigating human rights abuses in Syria has identified those responsible for crimes such as executions and compiled a list with an aim to hold those accountable.

UN alarmed over attacks on civilians in Darfur

2014-03-11 14:28

The UN human rights chief Navi Pillay has voiced alarm over armed groups targeting civilians in Sudan’s conflict-ridden region and urged an “immediate” end to the violence.

13 killed in CAR, Muslims vulnerable

2014-01-28 07:51

At least 13 people have been killed in CAR as the top UN human rights officials warns of escalating reprisals against Muslims.

UN: Myanmar Buddhists killed over 40 Muslims

2014-01-24 09:21

At least 48 Muslims have been killed after Buddhist mobs attacked a village in an isolated corner of western Myanmar earlier this month, the United Nations says.

UN says mass grave of 34 found in South Sudan

2013-12-25 07:41

Investigators discovered a mass grave in a rebel-held city in South Sudan, the UN says, as a possible opening has occurred for negotiations to avert civil war in the country.

Commonwealth leaders urged to boycott summit

2013-09-13 18:41

An international human rights group is urging leaders of 54 countries belonging to the Commonwealth not to attend its heads of government meeting in Sri Lanka in November.

Sri Lanka criticises UN rights chief visit

2013-09-03 13:10

Sri Lanka's powerful Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa has complained that a visit of the UN human rights chief to the island nation was influenced by propaganda from Tamil rebels.

UN unveils global gay-rights campaign

2013-07-26 15:00

The UN's human rights office has launched its first global outreach campaign to promote tolerance and greater equality for lesbians, gays, transgender people and bisexuals.

Muslim Brotherhood detention concerns UN

2013-07-05 12:36

UN human rights chief Navi Pillay says she is concerned by reports of the detention of leading members of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood.

UN puts Syrian conflict deaths at 93 000

2013-06-13 14:02

The UN's human rights office says that almost 93 000 people have been confirmed killed in the Syrian conflict, but the real number is likely to be far higher.

French 1st lady seeks help for DRC women

2013-05-30 21:38

France's First Lady Valerie Trierweiler has urged the international community to help bring to justice those responsible for hundreds of thousands of rapes committed in the DRC.

France: 4 000 Hezbollah militia in Syria

2013-05-29 22:40

France says its intelligence services believed there were as many as 4 000 guerrillas from Lebanon's Hezbollah militia fighting alongside Syrian President Bashar Assad's army.

Islamists could face war crimes charges

2013-05-17 20:18

Nigeria's Boko Haram Islamists could face charges of crimes against humanity, the UN's human rights office has warned.

Syrian troop build-up causes alarm

2013-05-10 18:31

The UN's top human rights official says she is alarmed by reports of a major Syrian troop build-up around a rebel-held town in western Syria and fears more atrocities if the area is overrun.

UN slams attacks on Tanzania albinos

2013-03-06 07:43

Albinos whose body parts are prized by witch doctors are being attacked in rising numbers in Tanzania, with children who are still alive having their limbs chopped off, the UN says.


Israel may be committing war crimes - UN human rights chief

2014-07-23 10:52

Israel may be committing war crimes in Gaza, where its killing of children raise the "strong possibility" that it is violating international law, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay says.

UN rights boss doubts legality of Israeli offensive

2014-07-11 15:48

The UN human rights chief has voiced serious doubts that Israeli's military operation against Gaza complied with international law banning the targeting of civilians.

Militants battle for control of strategic Iraqi town

2014-06-17 10:50

Militants are battling Iraqi security forces for control of a strategic northern town, prompting half the area’s population to flee, as Washington weighed drone strikes against jihadist fighters.

Deadly riots flare in Sri Lanka resort

2014-06-17 08:33

More deadly violence has flared in a Sri Lankan coastal resort where Buddhist hardliners set shops and homes alight for a second night in defiance of a curfew, police and residents say.

UN rights chief calls for truth on Tiananmen

2014-06-04 09:54

United Nations human rights Chief Navi Pillay has called on China to reveal the truth about the army's violent suppression of mass pro-democracy protests on Beijing's Tiananmen Square 25 years ago.

Ethiopia under fire over journalist arrest

2014-05-29 15:01

The Committee to Protect Journalists has called on authorities in Ethiopia to release a journalist being held without charge following a spate of similar arrests in recent weeks.

South Sudan ceasefire broken

2014-05-12 20:46

Fighting between South Sudanese rebels and government troops is raging, just days after a fresh ceasefire deal, dashing hopes to a swift end to the civil war.

UN official 'appalled' by S Sudan leaders' apathy

2014-04-30 12:40

The UN’s top official for human rights says she is appalled by the apparent lack of concern by leaders in South Sudan over the risk of a potential famine.

UN to see grim images of Syria dead

2014-04-15 09:12

The Security Council will meet privately to view projected slides of the Syria dead, who offer mute testimony to the savagery of a civil war in which more than 150 000 have died.

Rape still 'alarmingly prevalent' in DRC

2014-03-26 08:55

The DRC is working to rein in the sexual violence that has plagued the country for decades, but rape remains rampant, the UN rights chief says.

Ban on gay unions 'violates African Charter'

2014-03-14 12:07

The UN human rights chief Navi Pillay has reportedly expressed concern over the recently passed Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act in Nigeria, saying the law is was a violation of the African Charter.

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.

UN urges Myanmar to probe sectarian killings

2014-01-24 15:38

The UN has called on Myanmar to investigate reports that dozens of men, women and children who have been killed in attacks on Rohingya Muslims.

Mass executions in Syria could be war crime: UN

2014-01-16 13:09

Extremist Islamic groups in Syria are committing a "soaring" number of executions in the country's north that could amount to war crimes, the UN human rights office says.

Canada threatens to pull Commonwealth funding

2013-10-08 11:08

Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper has threatened to withdraw funding for the Commonwealth in an escalating row over rights abuses by Sri Lanka ahead of a summit next month.

UN humanitarian chief in Damascus for talks

2013-09-05 10:32

UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos has arrived in the Syrian capital Damascus for talks with government officials, a UN source told AFP.

UN urges Hamas to halt Gaza executions

2013-08-14 13:01

UN rights chief Navi Pillay has urged the Gaza Strip's Islamist rulers Hamas to halt a string of executions planned for the end of the Muslim Eid al-Fitr holiday.

Sri Lanka to hold polls in ex-war zone

2013-07-05 15:01

Sri Lanka will hold provincial elections in the former northern war zone for the first time in 25 years, officials say.

Morsi must listen to Egyptians – UN

2013-07-02 14:08

The UN human rights office has called on President Mohammed Morsi to listen to the demands of the Egyptian people and engage in a "serious national dialogue" to defuse the political crisis.

UN protests return of N Korean defectors

2013-06-01 10:00

Human Rights Commissioner Navi Pillay has criticised Laos and China for returning nine young defectors to North Korea, where they could face harsh treatment.

Assad president until 2014: Syria minister

2013-05-30 09:02

Syria's foreign minister has laid out a hard line, saying Bashar Assad will remain president at least until elections in 2014 and might seek another term.

Syria violence reaches 'horrific' levels

2013-05-27 15:05

UN human rights chief Navi Pillay has decried the "horrific" level of rights violations in war-torn Syria, amid a flurry of diplomatic activity to organise a new summit aimed at ending the conflict.

Russia will keep selling arms to Syria

2013-05-10 22:13

Russia has defended its sales of anti-aircraft systems to the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad, just days after joining forces with the US for a new push to end Syria's civil war through negotiations.

Rape, violence raging in Bangui

2013-04-16 20:08

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights says the security situation in Central African Republic is deteriorating three weeks after the government was overthrown.

Russia arming Mali, more attacks feared

2013-02-14 08:10

Russia has revealed that it is supplying guns to Mali's government, as French troops defused a massive bomb in the north of the country, the latest bid by Islamist rebels to strike back.

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