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 […]

Iran women rights defenders stay away from UN conference in fear of reprisals

Iran women rights defenders stay away from UN conference in fear of reprisals

WNN Breaking (WNN) United Nations, Geneva, SWITZERLAND, WESTERN EUROPE: On Monday March 10 nation members of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland along with UN experts discussed heightened dangers for human rights defenders worldwide. Not only are dangers increasing, safe locations for human rights defenders, including women human rights defenders is “shrinking,” […]

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 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 […]

Human rights activists need protection & support, says UN Special Rapporteur Margaret Sekaggya

Human rights activists need protection & support, says UN Special Rapporteur Margaret Sekaggya

WNN Breaking (WNN) United Nations New York, UNITED STATES, AMERICAS:  Standing up for human rights defenders worldwide, former Ugandan magistrate and current UN Special Rapporteur Margaret Sekaggya has been highlighting the needs for the most vulnerable members of society. Sending her report to the United Nations General Assembly Sekaggya is calling for all rights defenders […]

Brazil President Ms. Dilma Rousseff outlines importance of transparency & internet privacy

Brazil President Ms. Dilma Rousseff outlines importance of transparency & internet privacy

WNN Breaking (WNN) United Nations, New York, UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: Touching on the importance of transparency and freedom of the internet, President Ms. Dilma Rousseff of Brazil opened the debate at the United Nations in New York yesterday in a high level annual meeting at the 67th Session of the UN General Assembly. The President’s […]

Italy passes new laws to tackle violence against women

Italy passes new laws to tackle violence against women

Lizzy Davies – Guardian – Monday, 12 August 2013 (originally published 08 Aug)   Italy‘s prime minister has vowed to crack down on violence against women, as the government passed a package of measures designed to tackle the problem. “We believe that in our country there was a need to give a very strong sign […]

UN Special Rapporteur speaks out on children’s protection & human rights in Madagascar

UN Special Rapporteur speaks out on children’s protection & human rights in Madagascar

WNN Breaking (WNN/UN) United Nations/Geneva, SWITZERLAND, WESTERN EUROPE: An independent United Nations human rights expert today encouraged the Government of Madagascar to step up efforts to combat the sexual exploitation of children and ensure that perpetrators are punished. “The scourge of sexual exploitation of children through prostitution or sex tourism is omnipresent and too often […]

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 […]