DARFUR: UN Peacekeepers face fatal injuries as displaced camps reach crisis point

DARFUR: UN Peacekeepers face fatal injuries as displaced camps reach crisis point

WNN Breaking (WNN/UN) El Fasher, Darfur, SUDAN, NORTHERN AFRICA: Fighting in Sudan’s Darfur region has displaced an estimated 300,000 people so far this year which is more than the past two years combined, according to United Nations estimates. Much of the struggles have been between inter-ethnic communities which are driven by the desire for greater […]

Over decades human rights has made “historic advances” says UN’s Navi Pillay

Over decades human rights has made “historic advances” says UN’s Navi Pillay

WNN Breaking (WNN/UN) United Nations, Geneva, SWITZERLAND, WEST EUROPE: United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on today (June 27, 2013) said there had been significant achievements since a historic human rights document was adopted in Vienna 20 years ago, but there have also been many setbacks and “the magnificent construction is still […]

United Nations human rights arts protest sets story straight on Iran sanctions

United Nations human rights arts protest sets story straight on Iran sanctions

Courtney Brooks – WNN GlobalARTS (WNN/RFERL) UNITED NATIONS, New York, New York, U.S.: In December 2012 a young Iranian artist, Sanaz Sohrabi, had a mission: to raise awareness of the impact crippling international sanctions are having on ordinary Iranians, especially those living with illnesses. She took the first step by setting up a small performance-art […]

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 […]

UN Commissioner Pillay “extremely concerned” for Iran prisoner Sotoudeh

UN Commissioner Pillay “extremely concerned” for Iran prisoner Sotoudeh

WNN Breaking (WNN/UN) United Nations, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND: A senior United Nations official today urged the Iranian Government to release a lawyer and human rights activist, Nasrin Sotoudeh, who has been on a hunger strike for more than 10 weeks, following reports that her health is deteriorating. “The High Commissioner has urged the Government of Iran […]

New Palestinian music video travels in time to depict honour violence

New Palestinian music video travels in time to depict honour violence

WNN breaking (WNN/UNW) United Nations, Geneva, SWITZERLAND: “Before she was murdered, she wasn’t alive. We’ll tell her story backwards from her murder to her birth…” begin the Arabic rap lyrics, soon interlaced with a mournful chorus from the renowned Palestinian soloist Amal Murkus. As if rewinding a video in slow motion, you see a young […]

Advocates for US domestic workers bill stay stubborn and strong for equal rights

Advocates for US domestic workers bill stay stubborn and strong for equal rights

Jessica Buchleitner – WNN Features (WNN) San Francisco, CALIFORNIA, U.S.: While employed as a “home-care worker,” Teresa, a Mexican national, often returned to her own home after a day of work demeaned and discouraged. She didn’t talk about it at first, but often witnessed abuse in the house where she worked, watching the disabled woman […]

Women ask for new Tunisia with transparency and press freedom

Women ask for new Tunisia with transparency and press freedom

WNN Breaking (WNN) Tunis, TUNISIA: Sparked by the actions of vegetable and fruit stand vendor, Mohamed Bouazizi, who set himself on fire in protest against Tunisia’s system of inequity, a new page for Tunisia is appearing. But it comes with a price. The recent loss of over 100 people from street protests, self-immolation protest actions, […]