Choking down freedom of digital expression in Thailand

Choking down freedom of digital expression in Thailand

WNN Breaking (WNN/UNNC) United Nations Geneva, SWITZERLAND, WESTERN EUROPE: The United Nations rights office today expressed serious concern over the prosecution and harsh sentencing of individuals in Thailand under the country’s so called lèse majesté law and its “chilling effects” on freedom of expression. In Geneva, Ms. Ravina Shamdasani, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner […]

It's a current issue: human rights violations against Japan's ex-Comfort women

It's a current issue: human rights violations against Japan's ex-Comfort women

WNN Breaking (WNN/UN-OHCHR) United Nations, Geneva, SWITZERLAND, WESTERN EUROPE: UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Wednesday expressed profound regret that Japan has failed to pursue a comprehensive, impartial and lasting resolution of the issue of wartime sexual slavery, warning that the human rights of the victims, known as “comfort women”, continue to […]

UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay speaks on rights to privacy

UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay speaks on rights to privacy

WNN Breaking (WNN/OHCHR) Geneva, SWITZERLAND, WESTERN EUROPE: UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay warned Wednesday that studies by her office and others have revealed a “disturbing” lack of transparency about governmental surveillance policies and practices, “including de facto coercion of private sector companies to provide sweeping access to information and data relating to […]

Global advocates for women now include numerous men

Global advocates for women now include numerous men

WNN Breaking (WNN) New York, UNITED NATIONS: The gender rights super agency known as UN Women is gearing up with a new campaign that encourages men, as well as boys, to start now to use a gender-lens toward global advocacy. Launched officially on International Women’s Day, Saturday March 8, the ‘He for She‘ campaign has […]

Protection of human rights at heart of United Nations, says UN Geneva on 25th year

Protection of human rights at heart of United Nations, says UN Geneva on 25th year

WNN Breaking (WNN/UN) United Nations, Geneva, SWITZERLAND, WESTERN EUROPE: Noting that more and more people around the world are taking to the streets to lay claim to their rights, United Nations officials opened the latest session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva today with calls for the protection of members of civil society who […]

"Many lives are at stake," says UN Human Rights Chief Ms. Navi Pillay

"Many lives are at stake," says UN Human Rights Chief Ms. Navi Pillay

WNN Breaking (WNN/UN) United Nations, Geneva, SWITZERLAND, WESTERN EUROPE: The Central African Republic is now at a critical juncture, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay warned on Monday, amid renewed fighting and the flight of ex-Séléka and Muslim civilians towards the north of the country. Since 21 January, clashes between anti-Balaka and […]

UN asks United States for accountability after drone strikes on wedding in Yemen

UN asks United States for accountability after drone strikes on wedding in Yemen

WNN Breaking (WNN/UNNC) Al-Baida YEMEN, WESTERN ASIA: Independent United Nations human rights experts today voiced serious concern about recent lethal drone airstrikes, allegedly conducted by United States forces in Yemen, and stressed the need for accountability as a result of their use. According to local security officials, 16 civilians were killed and at least 10 injured […]

New Egypt demonstration law allows unjust arrests of women protesters, say advocates

New Egypt demonstration law allows unjust arrests of women protesters, say advocates

WNN Breaking (WNN) Denver, Colorado, UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: Militarism and its push toward military armed violence is one of the leading factors contributing today to violence against women worldwide, says a new campaign for human rights advocates Amnesty International. Working to coordinate with the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign the human rights […]

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