Friday, December 8, 2023

Topic: UN rights

COVID fed a frightening rise in inequalities: United Nations on Human Rights Day

Despite significant progress since the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) 73 years ago, the COVID pandemic has “fed a frightening rise in inequalities”, and laid bare “many of our failures to consolidate the advances made”, said UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet, in a message marking Human Rights Day.

United Nations, global rights groups concerned over Khurram Parvez’s arrest

United Nations, global rights watchdogs, and human rights defenders said they were disturbed by the reports of the arrest of Kashmir's one of the most prominent activists Khurram Parvez by India's National Investigation Agency (NIA).

Fears grow for lives of 5 Palestinians on hunger strike in Israeli prisons

Israel has been urged to either release or charge five Palestinian prisoners currently on hunger strike in Israeli prisons. Grave concerns have been expressed for the lives of the prisoners by UN independent rights experts, who on Thursday, called on the Israeli Government to completely end the “unlawful practice “ of administrative detention.

UN calls for probe into ‘heartbreaking’ killing of veteran Rohingya activist

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on Friday called for a prompt, thorough, and effective investigation into the killing of a veteran Rohingya refugee activist at a refugee camp in Bangladesh. 

Pegasus spyware: Rights experts push for surveillance technology moratorium

A group of UN-appointed experts on Thursday called for a moratorium on the sale of surveillance technology, warning against the danger of allowing the sector to operate as “a human rights-free zone.” 

UN rights chief condemns Afghanistan abuses as Taliban advance continues

Disturbing reports of Taliban violence against communities now under their control in Afghanistan have been condemned by UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet, who on Tuesday backed a return to peace negotiations in Doha.