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 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 […]

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 […]

Ukraine laws must meet human rights standards, says UN Chief Ms. Navi Pillay

Ukraine laws must meet human rights standards, says UN Chief Ms. Navi Pillay

WNN Justice (WNN/OHCHR) United Nations, Geneva, SWITZERLAND, WESTERN EUROPE: UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on January 22, 2014 stressed the urgent need for constructive dialogue in Ukraine to avoid further escalation of the unrest in the country, particularly in the wake of sweeping new legislation that falls short of international human rights […]

UN condemns U.S. drone strike on funeral procession in Yemen

UN condemns U.S. drone strike on funeral procession in Yemen

WNN Breaking (WNN/UN) United Nations, GENEVA, WESTERN EUROPE: The United Nations human rights office today strongly condemned the killing of more than 20 people, and the wounding of dozens of children and other relatives, during a funeral procession in southern Yemen, and urged authorities to hold those responsible to account. The Office of the UN […]

India reels after young photojournalist is gang-raped

India reels after young photojournalist is gang-raped

WNN Breaking (WNN) Mumbai, INDIA, SOUTH ASIA: As India puts a microscope on issues of violence against women, the nation is reeling after another sexual attack has resulted in the gang-rape of a 22-year-old journalist who’s name has not been released to the public on Thursday August 22. On assignment for a magazine to cover […]

UN Human Rights Chief Pillay applauds trial exposing Guatemala atrocities

UN Human Rights Chief Pillay applauds trial exposing Guatemala atrocities

WNN Breaking (WNN/UN) United Nations, Geneva, SWITZERLAND, EUROPE: The top United Nations human rights official has applauded the beginning of the ‘historic’ trial of Guatemala’s former head of State and former head of intelligence who are both accused of crimes committed in the Central American nation over 30 years ago, and urged local authorities to […]

UN High Commissioner Pillay urges religious and political leaders to ‘restore calm’

UN High Commissioner Pillay urges religious and political leaders to ‘restore calm’

WNN Breaking (WNN/OHCHR) United Nations, GENEVA: The United Nations human rights chief has urged religious and political leaders to do their utmost to restore calm in the wake of an anti-Islam film that has sparked protests in countries across the world. “The film is malicious and deliberately provocative and portrays a disgracefully distorted image of […]

United Nations High Commissioner says Bahrain detention sentences ‘regrettable’

United Nations High Commissioner says Bahrain detention sentences ‘regrettable’

WNN Breaking (WNN/UN) United Nations, Geneva, SWITZERLAND: UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Thursday said that the Bahraini appeals court’s decision to uphold the convictions of 20 human rights activists and political opponents was deeply regrettable. The individuals were initially convicted last year by the Court of National Safety, essentially a military […]