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UN experts: Nepal must change its laws to let victims of human rights violations access justice


UN GENEVA (21 May 2019) — Nepal must adapt its definition of rape and other forms of sexual violence to meet international standards, the UN Human Rights Committee said in a decision published today in Geneva. Issued in response to an individual complaint from Ms. Fulmati Nyaya (pseudonym) an indigenous woman who as a child was the victim of rape, torture and forced labour during the Nepali armed conflict, the Committee called on Nepal to remove obstacles that hindered victims of rape and other forms of sexual violence in filing complaints and accessing justice and compensation.

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UN budget shortfalls seriously undermine the work of the Human Rights Treaty bodies


UNGENEVA (17 May 2019) — The ten United Nations human rights treaties are legally binding treaties, adopted by the UN General Assembly and ratified by States. Each Treaty establishes a treaty body (or Committee) comprising elected independent experts who seek to ensure that States parties fulfil their legal obligations under the Conventions. This system of independent scrutiny of the conduct of States by independent experts is a key element of the United Nations human rights system, supported by secretariats in the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

In April this year, the Chairpersons of all 10 treaty bodies* were informed that six of them are very likely to have sessions in 2019 cancelled for financial reasons – an unprecedented consequence of some UN member States delaying payments due to the organisation.

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UPR Review – Human rights recommendations for Brunei


UNThe UN Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) has made 220 recommendations to Brunei Darussalam after reviewing the country’s record for the third time since 2009.

The UPR is a unique process which involves a review of the human rights records of all 193 UN Member States by other States.

The recommendations will now be examined by the government of Brunei, which will reply to the UN Human Rights Council’s no later than September 2019.

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UPR Review – 262 human rights recommendations for North Korea


UNThe UN Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) has made 262 recommendations to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea after reviewing the country’s record for the third time since 2009.

The UPR is a unique process which involves a review of the human rights records of all 193 UN Member States by other States.

The recommendations will now be examined by the DPRK government, which will reply to the UN Human Rights Council’s no later than September 2019.

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UN Fact-Finding Mission urges financial isolation of Myanmar military


UNGENEVA (14 May 2019) – The UN Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar (FFM) urged the international community on Tuesday to cut off all financial and other support to Myanmar’s military, saying its commanders need to be isolated and brought before a credible court to answer charges of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide.

FFM Chairperson Marzuki Darusman said the measures were needed because Myanmar has not done enough to resolve the nation’s conflicts and protect human rights, including those of over a million ethnic Rohingya civilians who have been forced into exile.

“There has been no movement toward a resolution of the crisis,” Darusman said at the conclusion of a 10-day visit to Bangladesh, Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia. “The situation is at a total standstill.”

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Briefing Notes - Violence Against Civilians in Myanmar


UNWe are deeply concerned about possibly 40 to 50 ethnic Rakhine boys and men who reportedly remain detained since 30 April in a school in Kyauk Tan village, Rathedaung township in northern Rakhine State, where six detainees were killed on 2 May by the Myanmar Army.

The Office of the Commander-in-Chief in Myanmar reported on 2 May that the Tatmadaw, Myanmar’s Army, had opened fire on 275 men and boys who were temporarily detained in a village school, killing six and wounding eight. According to the Tatmadaw, soldiers opened fire when the group tried to seize their guns, but other sources dispute this account.

They say that the Tatmadaw opened fire indiscriminately after one of the detainees tried to escape. The army says it has launched an investigation into the incident. After the shooting, the bodies of the six men were reportedly laid out in full view of the village which, as of yesterday, remained surrounded by military and was said to be running out of food.

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UN Child Rights Committee to review Singapore and Sri Lanka


UNGENEVA (10 May 2019) — The UN Child Rights Committee will meet in Geneva from 13 to 31 May to review Singapore and Sri Lanka, among other States. Sri Lanka will be assessed under the Optional Protocol on sale of children.

Both countries are States parties to the Child Rights Convention and its Optional Protocols, and so are required to undergo regular reviews on how they are implementing the Committee’s previous recommendations and the Convention or its Optional Protocols.

The public sessions will take place in the ground floor conference room of Palais Wilson in Geneva. A programme of work is available on-line.

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Cambodia: UN expert calls for open political dialogue for peace and sustainable development


UNPHNOM PENH (9 May 2019) – A UN human rights expert urged Cambodians to change the political culture to one of dialogue with a focus on issues rather than people, as a way to move ahead and to create a solid basis for durable peace, sustainable development and the enjoyment of all human rights.

On her seventh visit to Cambodia, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Cambodia, Rhona Smith, continued her review of the general human rights situation and the country’s adoption of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The Special Rapporteur was encouraged by steps taken since her last visit in November, including the start of a process to amend the Trade Union Law, readiness to consider a review of the Law on Associations and Non-Governmental Organizations, the lifting of a requirement on civil society organisations to provide three-days’ notice to the authorities prior to undertaking activities, and the holding of the second national Partnership Forum with Civil Society Organizations in January.

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Iran: Executions of child offenders must stop, say UN experts


UN GENEVA (9 May 2019) – UN human rights experts* called on Iran to immediately halt the practice of executing child offenders, citing serious concerns for up to 90 individuals who were all under the age of 18 at the time of their alleged offences and are on death row.

'The executions of two 17-year-old boys last week underlines our concerns that the Iranian authorities continue to give scant regard to international law which forbids executions of minors,' said the experts. 'These executions must stop.'

'The Iranian judiciary should ensure that the circular requiring judges not to sentence children to death is implemented, and order retrials for all child offenders on death row without recourse to the death penalty in line with international law.'

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