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Thailand: First official visit by UN expert group on business and human rights

UN GENEVA (22 March 2017) – The United Nations Working Group on business and human rights will undertake its first official visit to Thailand from 26 March to 4 April to examine efforts to prevent, mitigate and remedy adverse human rights impacts of business operations.

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“Unashamed bigotry”: Rise in racism and xenophobia is alarming, say UN rights experts

UN GENEVA (20 March 2018) – UN and regional human rights experts* have urged States, civil society organisations and activists to step up their efforts to stem the alarming rise in racism and xenophobia worldwide, citing concerns about the impact of populist nationalism on mainstream politics.


Vietnam: UN experts concerned by threats against factory workers and labour activists

UN GENEVA (20 March 2018) – UN human rights experts* express their concern about reports that women workers at two Samsung Electronics factories in Viet Nam, as well as labour activists, have been subjected to intimidation and harassment after they raised concerns about working conditions at the plants.


UN Human Rights Office condemns execution for drug-related offences in Singapore

UN BANGKOK (16 March 2018) – The UN Human Rights Office for South-East Asia condemns the execution of Singaporean national Hishamrudin bin Mohd for a drug-related offence this morning, expressing concerns that he had not been able to file a clemency petition.

“Under international law, the death penalty may only be used for ‘the most serious crimes’ which has been interpreted to mean only crimes involving intentional killing,” said the Office’s Regional Representative, Cynthia Veliko. “Drug-related offences do not fall under this threshold.” Read more...

“Cambodia at a crossroads” – UN expert calls on Government to choose

UN PHNOM PENH (14 March 2018) – The UN expert on the human rights situation in Cambodia has expressed serious concerns about restrictions on the media, freedom of expression and political participation ahead of a national election in July, calling on the Government to choose the path of human rights

“Cambodia is at an important crossroads and must embrace human rights as they are indispensable in sustaining hard-earned peace and development,” said Rhona Smith at the end of her fifth visit to the country. Read more...

UN women's rights experts issue findings on Malaysia, Republic of Korea, Fiji, and Marshall Islands

UNGENEVA / BANGKOK (13 March 2018) – The UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women has published its findings on Malaysia, Republic of Korea, Fiji and Marshall Islands, among other countries examined during its session from 19 February to 9 March in Geneva.


Fact-finding Mission on Myanmar: concrete and overwhelming information points to international crimes


GENEVA (12 March 2018) – Experts of the UN Fact-finding Mission on Myanmar called on Myanmar authorities Monday to stop dismissing reports that serious human rights violations have been committed in Kachin, Shan and Rakhine states.

“The body of information and materials we are collecting is concrete and overwhelming,” the three experts of the Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar noted in their interim, oral report to the 37th Session of the UN Human Rights Council. Read more...

Myanmar: UN expert calls for accountability over violence in Rakhine State


GENEVA (12 March 2018) – The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, Yanghee Lee, told the Human Rights Council on Monday she was increasingly of the opinion that the events in Rakhine State bear the hallmarks of genocide and called in the strongest terms for accountability.

Lee, who was informed late last year that her access to the country was denied, also expressed serious concern that "the repressive practices of previous military governments were returning as the norm once more" in Myanmar, describing the situation faced by civil society across the country as "increasingly perilous". Read more...

North Korea detente: UN expert urges opening for human rights


GENEVA (8 March 2018) – Welcoming rapprochement on the Korean peninsula, including possible discussions about denuclearisation, the UN Special Rapporteur, Tomás Ojea Quintana, called on the Government of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to take the opportunity to open up to UN human rights mechanisms.

“In looking back at the unprecedented tensions that marked the past year, the two Koreas must be commended for the efforts that led to the remarkable Olympic Truce that brought the two countries together in such a short period,” he said.Read more...

Accusations against UN expert a retaliation by Philippines, say fellow rapporteurs


GENEVA (8 March 2018) - UN human rights experts have expressed grave concerns about terrorism accusations levelled against the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, a Philippine national.The legal petition listing her name is an unacceptable attack against the mandate holder by the Philippines Government, they added.

“We are shocked that the Special Rapporteur is being targeted because of her work defending the rights of indigenous peoples,” said Michel Forst, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, and Catalina Devandas Aguilar, Chairperson of the Coordination Committee of the Special Procedures.Read more...

High Commissioner’s global update of human rights concerns


I commend the many civil society movements fighting for decency and respect for human rights, including the rights of indigenous people facing unprincipled and lawless business activities; for LGBTI people whose Governments do not ensure their equal rights or protect them adequately from violent assault; and the rights of Afrodescendants, Roma and other ethnic, religious or caste-based communities which frequently endure discrimination.

In this 70th year of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, they are standing up for the fundamental principles which will bring a better future to all our children. I am deeply grateful for the surge of hope they bring. Read more...

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