ISIL steps up atrocities against women rights defenders

ISIL steps up atrocities against women rights defenders

WNN Breaking (WNN/UNNC) United Nations Geneva, SWITZERLAND, WESTERN EUROPE: The United Nations human rights chief today condemned the recent brutal, cold-blooded slaying by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) of human rights defender Sameera Salih Ali Al-Nuaimy, as well as the continuing detention, sexual exploitation and sale of hundreds of women and […]

UN expert reveals troubling Africa destination for sex-trafficking

UN expert reveals troubling Africa destination for sex-trafficking

WNN Breaking (WNN/UNOHCHR) United Nations, Geneva, SWITZERLAND, WESTERN EUROPE: “Yes Seychelles is an island but not an island out of reach of traffickers and their nefarious activities in today’s globalised world,” the United Nations Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, Joy Ngozi Ezeilo, warned* on Friday at the end of her first official visit to […]

UN High Commissioner Ms Navi Pillay urges protection & rights for all, including Syrians

UN High Commissioner Ms Navi Pillay urges protection & rights for all, including Syrians

WNN Breaking (WNN/UN) United Nations, Geneva, SWITZERLAND, WESTERN EUROPE: As the main United Nations human rights body began its work today on a range of topics, the world body’s top rights official said little doubt remains that chemical weapons were used in Syria and she urged a political solution to the suffering that has reached […]

A Nobel Laureate, a UN Special Rapporteur & others say no to killer robots

A Nobel Laureate, a UN Special Rapporteur & others say no to killer robots

Henry Ridgwell – WNN Breaking (WNN/VOA) United Nations, Geneva, SWITZERLAND, EUROPE: United Nations’ special rapporteur on executions has joined calls for a moratorium on so-called ‘killer robots’ – automated weapons systems which critics fear may one day operate independently from human commanders. It may sound like something from a sci-fi movie – but campaigners say […]

EVAW Law to protect women & girls in Afghanistan stalled in Parliament

EVAW Law to protect women & girls in Afghanistan stalled in Parliament

WNN Breaking (WNN) Kabul, AFGHANISTAN, CENTRAL ASIA: Going in what numerous human rights organizations say is a ‘giant step backwards’, the Lower Afghan Parliament, known as the Wolesi Jirga, has been debating the reversal of a protective law called the EVAW – Elimination Against Violence Women Law. This Law was officially endorsed by Afghan President […]

Human Rights Watch calls for swift action to stop military ‘killer robots’

Human Rights Watch calls for swift action to stop military ‘killer robots’

WNN Breaking (WNN/HRW) London, U.K., EUROPE: Civil society will lead the way to press governments to ban fully autonomous weapons, Human Rights Watch said at the launch of the global Campaign to Stop Killer Robots. These potential future weapons, sometimes called ‘killer robots’, would be able to select and attack targets without any human intervention. […]

UN Secretary General Ban says LGBT rights must be recognized universally

UN Secretary General Ban says LGBT rights must be recognized universally

WNN Breaking (WNN/UN) United Nations, New York, New York, UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: Pledging that “we must right these wrongs,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon denounced discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, and declared that religion, culture and tradition can never be a justification for denying them their basic rights. “Governments have a legal duty […]

United Nations Ambassadors demand legal compensation for ‘comfort women’

United Nations Ambassadors demand legal compensation for ‘comfort women’

WNN Breaking (WNN) United Nations, Geneva, SWITZERLAND, EUROPE: Japanese deputy ambassador Takashi Okada took to the floor at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva today saying that Japan has already done enough to make amends to ex-Comfort Women who were kidnapped as teens during World War II. Records and witness testimonies show that the […]