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UN Human Rights Office Denied Access to Kashmir

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UN Human Rights Office Denied Access to Kashmir

UN Human Rights Office Denied Access to Kashmir Kashmir has been facing a series of violent incidents since the killing of a 22-year-old rebel leader Burhan Wani by the Indian security forces on July 8 in an encounter which many believe was avoidable. By Rakesh Raman Last month, Nobel laureate Amartya Sen said in an [...]

Finally, the UN Offers to Resolve Kashmir Conflict

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Finally, the UN Offers to Resolve Kashmir Conflict

The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon deplored the killings in Kashmir and offered to provide his mediation to facilitate a dialogue between India and Pakistan. ByRakesh Raman After maintaining a neutral stance for years, finally the United Nations (UN) has offered to mediate between India and Pakistan to resolved the Kashmir conflict. In a letter written [...]

Thailand Urged to Allow Freedom of Expression

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Thailand Urged to Allow Freedom of Expression

The United Nations human rights arm expressed Friday its concern about the mounting constraints on the democratic space in Thailand – calling for a prompt return to civilian rule. “Following the military coup in May 2014, severe restrictions on freedoms of expression and opinion and assembly have been in place through the use of criminal [...]

15 Laws of Global Terrorism Revealed

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15 Laws of Global Terrorism Revealed

15 Laws of Global Terrorism Revealed By Rakesh Raman The release of these “15 Laws of Global Terrorism” in August 2016 is supposed to be the first major attempt to understand a complex phenomenon after Newton’s three laws of motion compiled by English physicist and mathematician Sir Isaac Newton in 1687. Newton’s laws of motion [...]

UN Announces New Initiatives for the World’s Youth

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UN Announces New Initiatives for the World’s Youth

The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced Friday a number of initiatives to empower young people of the world. The initiatives include the formation of an expert group on ‘youth, peace and security,’ and naming a new envoy on youth employment. On the International Youth Day, celebrated on 12 August, Mr. Ban announced new steps to [...]

UN Condemns Terrorist Attack on Pakistan Hospital

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UN Condemns Terrorist Attack on Pakistan Hospital

UN Condemns Terrorist Attack on Pakistan Hospital Behind every terrorist attack, there is a clean-looking politician and politics. And all those impotent politicians and UN officials who can do nothing to stop such attacks only condemn them and use Twitter like a toy to express their false grief. They keep waiting for the next attack [...]

Olympic Refugee Team Urged to Inspire the World

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Olympic Refugee Team Urged to Inspire the World

United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon paid a visit Thursday to the Olympic Village in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where he encouraged refugee athletes to show the world their strengths. “I know you have had very sad, terrible stories and experiences, but you are a source of inspiration for all of us,” Mr. Ban told [...]

UN Deplores Crackdown on Journalists in Turkey

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UN Deplores Crackdown on Journalists in Turkey

Two top media freedom experts of the United Nations and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) condemned Thursday the ongoing crackdown on journalists and the media launched by Turkish Government in the wake of the attempted coup. The UN Special Rapporteur on the right to freedom of opinion and expression, David Kaye, [...]

2016 Will be the World’s Hottest Year

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2016 Will be the World’s Hottest Year

Global temperatures for the first six months of this year shattered yet more records, and mean that 2016 is on track to be the world’s hottest year on record. Arctic sea ice melted early and fast, another indicator of climate change. Carbon dioxide levels, which are driving global warming, have reached new highs. Two separate [...]

How to Protect the Human Rights of LGBT People

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How to Protect the Human Rights of LGBT People

The top human rights body at the United Nations has voted to appoint an independent expert on protection from violence and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) people. The Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council has adopted a resolution to create the new post. According to a UN spokesperson, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the [...]

What Is the State of Human Rights in Myanmar?

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What Is the State of Human Rights in Myanmar?

A United Nations human rights expert urged Monday the international community rushing to forge or strengthen political or economic ties with Myanmar not to undermine the country’s rights priorities. “International actors must continue to prioritize human rights, particularly in business and investment relations,” said Yanghee Lee, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human [...]

Human Rights Situation in Ukraine Is Volatile: UN

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Human Rights Situation in Ukraine Is Volatile: UN

Unless urgent action is taken in Ukraine to separate sides and remove heavy weaponry, wide spread hostilities in the country could re-escalate, a senior United Nations human rights official has warned. Addressing the Human Rights Council in Geneva, Ivan Šimonović, the assistant secretary-general for Human Rights, appealed to the leaders of the warring sides to [...]

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