Human rights abuses Press Release
|06/19/2020 - 04:01||
Croatia: Police brutality in migrant pushback operations must be investigated and sanctioned UN Special Rapporteurs
GENEVA (19 June 2020) – Croatia must immediately investigate reports of excessive use of force by law enforcement personnel against migrants, including acts amounting to torture and ill-treatment, and sanction those responsible, UN human rights experts said today.
|06/12/2020 - 18:27||
Man Arrested for Sextortion Scheme Involving Minor Children
ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A Warrenton man was arrested today for his alleged role in a sextortion scheme involving minor children.
|06/12/2020 - 11:03||
UNHCR appeals for US$186 million for refugee and displacement crisis in Sahel
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has today launched a US$186 million appeal to mainly provide lifesaving protection and assistance to refugees, internally displaced persons (IDPs), returnees and host communities in the central Sahel region.
|06/10/2020 - 11:41||
United States: UN experts condemn crackdown on peaceful protests and highlight calls to overhaul policing
GENEVA (10 June 2020) – UN independent human rights experts* today condemned the violent crackdown on widespread peaceful protests after police in Minneapolis killed African American George Floyd. They also urged the implementation of strong measures to eradicate racial discrimination and radically reform US policing of communities of colour and of peaceful protests.
|06/10/2020 - 03:18||
Zimbabwe: UN experts demand an immediate end to abductions and torture
GENEVA (10 June 2020) – UN human rights experts* today called on Zimbabwe to immediately end a reported pattern of disappearances and torture that appear aimed at suppressing protests and dissent.
|06/08/2020 - 20:09||
Breaking: CAIR-NY Welcomes the New York State Legislature Repealing 50-a, Calls on Governor to Sign the Repeal into Law
For decades, Section 50-a of the New York Civil Rights law has hidden the personnel records of police officers who have engaged in misconduct, including the use of excessive force. Its repeal offers essential transparency to provide justice for victims of police misconduct and brutality.
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|06/05/2020 - 11:10||
UNHCR: Help us protect the environment to protect refugees
As Minawao, Cameroon, faces deforestation due to global warming and refugee activity, UNHCR and its partners Land Life Company and LWF plan to plant 20,000 trees. Refugees will take part in reforestation. © UNHCR/Xavier Bourgois.
|06/04/2020 - 07:16||
Philippines: UN report shows urgent need for international investigation
Responding to a UN report on the human rights situation in the Philippines released today, Amnesty International's Asia-Pacific regional director, Nicholas Bequelin, said:
|06/03/2020 - 05:43||
News comment by UN Refugee Agencys Assistant High Commissioner for Protection, Gillian Triggs, on the UN Secretary-Generals policy briefing on People on the Move
Today, the UN Secretary-General issued a policy briefing on “COVID-19 and People on the Move” as part of a series that highlights how the international community can deliver an effective, coordinated response to COVID-19, particularly for the world’s most vulnerable populations.
|05/28/2020 - 15:54||
UN Human Rights Chief urges serious action to halt US police killings of unarmed African Americans
GENEVA (28 May 2020) – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Thursday condemned the killing of George Floyd, an African American man whose death in police custody on Monday was captured on video and has led to serious ongoing protests in Minneapolis.
|05/27/2020 - 11:09||
IIED and partners call for cities to develop a proactive response to urban displacement
IIED, JIPS and UN-Habitat have made a joint submission to the UN High-Level Panel on Internal Displacement, calling for a proactive urban response to the global challenge of displacement.
|05/26/2020 - 12:50||
Iraq: UN details ordeal of abducted protesters, welcomes Governments promise to investigate and compensate
BAGHDAD/GENEVA (26 May 2020) – A United Nations report published on the abduction of protesters in Iraq since last October has detailed their ordeals from the time of abduction through interrogation to acts of torture.
|05/26/2020 - 10:50||
Bangladesh must end persecution of journalist, say UN experts
GENEVA (26 May 2020) – UN experts* expressed alarm about the ongoing persecution of journalist Shafiqul Islam Kajol in Bangladesh and his previous suspected enforced disappearance. They warned that his detention and the ongoing criminal cases against him compound fears that Bangladesh is using its Digital Security Act to stifle free speech.
|05/26/2020 - 08:38||
Switzerland supports WFP assistance to refugees and displaced people in Iraq
BAGHDAD – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomes a donation of US$522,500 from the Government of Switzerland to support the food needs of nearly 24,000 refugees and internally displaced people for one month.
|05/19/2020 - 07:55||
Working Group on enforced or involuntary disappearances concludes review of 532 cases from 25 countries
Geneva, 19 May 2020 The United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances (WGEID) concluded the review of 532 cases, from 25 countries, during a series of meetings held by videoconference, between 11 and 15 May 2020.
|05/18/2020 - 21:24||
Human Rights First Condemns Extension of CDC Order that Effectively Ends Asylum
WASHINGTON - Human Rights First denounced the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention?s (CDC) indefinite extension today of its much - criticized order that has used the pretext of the pandemic to block or expel thousands of asylum-seekers to dangerous conditions , when alternatives exists that would allow them to be processed legally while still protecting public health.
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|05/16/2020 - 18:44||
How to Help Refugees and Host Countries Combat COVID-19
At a time when the pandemic is forcing people to stay at home and practice social-distancing, that is not possible for one of the most vulnerable populations?the world's seventy-one million refugees, internally displaced persons, and asylum seekers ( PDF ) .
|05/15/2020 - 06:37||
Migrant smugglers and human traffickers to become more ruthless and clandestine says new Europol report
Countries around the world have closed their external borders in a bid to control and isolate COVID-19. In these circumstances, criminals are finding new ways to abuse the vulnerability of irregular migrants wishing to enter or travel across Europe and those financially struggling, victimised in labour or sexual exploitation schemes.
|05/14/2020 - 10:12||
COVID-19 measures likely to lead to an increase in migrant smuggling and human trafficking in longer term, UNODC report finds
Vienna (Austria), 14 May 2020 – COVID-19 travel and movement restrictions are not stopping the movement of people fleeing conflict, human rights abuses, violence and dangerous living conditions, while the economic consequences of the pandemic are likely to lead to an increase in smuggling of migrants and trafficking in person flows from the most affected countries to more affluent destinations, according to a report launched by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) today.
|05/14/2020 - 01:29||
Iraq: New Government, New Legislative Agenda
With the formation of Iraq’s government on May 7, 2020, parliament can now focus on legislative reform.
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|05/14/2020 - 01:26||
Zimbabwe: Authorities must account for the disappearance of three opposition leaders
Authorities in Zimbabwe must urgently account for three missing female leaders from the opposition Movement for Democratic Change – Alliance (MDC-Alliance) and ensure their safe return, Amnesty International said today amid growing fears for their safety. The three MDC-Alliance youth leaders, Joana Mamombe (MP for Harare West), Cecelia Chinembiri (MDC Alliance Youth Assembly Vice Chair) and Netsai Marova (Deputy Organising Secretary for Youth) were arrested at a roadblock in Warren Park guarded by police and soldiers on 13 May. Police have that the three are in their custody.
|05/11/2020 - 16:26||
UNHCR urges sustained support to protect worlds forcibly displaced from devastating impact of coronavirus
A Syrian girl washes her hands at Za’atari refugee camp, in line with WHO guidelines on preventing the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. © UNHCR/Mohamad al-Taher.
|05/08/2020 - 15:29||
Four Essential Steps Toward Durable Solutions for IDPs
Three-quarters of the world’s estimated 41.3 million internally displaced people (IDPs) reside in only ten countries, so making progress in only a few of them could result in transformative impact on the overall global IDP crisis.
|05/08/2020 - 10:50||
COVID-19 not an excuse for unlawful deprivation of liberty UN expert group on arbitrary detention
COVID-19 not an excuse for unlawful deprivation of liberty – UN expert group on arbitrary detention GENEVA (8 May 2020) – A group of independent UN experts today recalled that "the prohibition of arbitrary detention is absolute even during times of public emergencies" and urged governments worldwide to prevent arbitrary deprivation of liberty in the context of the measures currently adopted for controlling the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
|05/07/2020 - 02:48||
Enforced disappearances: UN expert group to review more than 500 cases from 25 countries
Enforced disappearances: UN expert group to review more than 500 cases from 25 countries GENEVA (7 May 2020) – The UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances will meet by videoconference from 11 to 15 May 2020 to review more than 500 cases, from 25 countries from all regions of the world.