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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 [...]

What Is the UN Response to Brexit?

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What Is the UN Response to Brexit?

Following the vote in the United Kingdom to leave the European Union (EU) – termed as Brexit (a portmanteau of “Britain” and “exit”), United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Friday that the UN will continuing to work with both “important partners.” “The Secretary-General expects the EU to continue to be a solid partner for the [...]

Islamophobia and Homophobia in Orlando: UN Adviser

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Islamophobia and Homophobia in Orlando: UN Adviser

The United Nations Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, Mr. Adama Dieng, condemned the criminal attack that took place at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, United States, on 12 June, in which 49 people were killed and 53 injured. He offered his sympathy for the victims and expressed grave concern at the outpouring [...]

UN Conference on Poor Countries Opens in Turkey

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UN Conference on Poor Countries Opens in Turkey

A United Nations conference focused on the world’s least developed countries (LDCs) kicked-off Friday in Antalya, Turkey. The conference aims to assess these 48 States’ progress over the past five years, and to find ways of accelerating their path towards sustainable development. “Least developed countries have seen significant progress and are a major human and [...]

World Humanitarian Summit Begins in Turkey

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World Humanitarian Summit Begins in Turkey

United Nations officials highlighted Sunday that the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) taking place May 23 – 24, 2016 in Istanbul will serve as a wake-up call for action in the service of common humanity, providing a launch pad for new initiatives. “We have tremendous suffering in the world today. There is huge need for [...]

Death Sentence for Apostasy on Mauritanian Blogger

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Death Sentence for Apostasy on Mauritanian Blogger

The United Nations human rights office deplored Tuesday the confirmation of the death sentence for apostasy against a Mauritanian blogger, Mohammad Ould M’Kaitir, by the appellate court on 21 April. According to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCR), Mr. Ould M’Kaitir was convicted in the first instance by the criminal [...]

UN Welcomes Release of 83 Prisoners in Myanmar

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UN Welcomes Release of 83 Prisoners in Myanmar

The United Nations (UN) rights chief has welcomed the release of a second wave of 83 prisoners on Myanmar’s New Year last Sunday, by Presidential amnesty. This, according to a UN statement, follows the release of 199 political prisoners on April 8. Myanmar had dropped charges against them or they were pardoned. The prisoners included [...]

Who Will Be the Next UN Secretary-General?

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Who Will Be the Next UN Secretary-General?

Three days of informal briefings came to an end Thursday after nine candidates for the position of the next United Nations Secretary-General answered all together some 800 questions from the UN membership and the public on how, if selected, they would lead the world body. The current Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was appointed for a second [...]

UN Opposes Death Sentences in Bangladesh

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UN Opposes Death Sentences in Bangladesh

The United Nations human rights office expressed Friday concern about the latest death sentences handed down against two leaders of an opposition party by the Bangladesh International Crimes Tribunal. The UN agency said the court’s practices have not met international standards of fair trial and due process. Since its inception in 2010, the tribunal has [...]

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