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'Dangerous Trend': Human Rights, Freedom, Democracy Under Threat in Europe

The EU is facing huge challenges when it comes to freedom, migration, terrorism and human rights, according to the latest report by the Secretary General of the Council of Europe.

Reflections on the 31st Session of the Human Rights Council

When President Obama decided the United States would seek election to the Human Rights Council in 2009, he invested in the idea that sustained American leadership could and would redirect the Council’s focus toward its central purpose -- the promotion and protection of human rights aroun

U.S. condemns U.N. call for list of firms operating in West Bank

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Wednesday condemned a United Nations Human Rights Council resolution that calls for setting up a database of businesses operating in the occupied West Bank, a move that Israel has called a "blacklist."

UN Human Rights Council to create ‘blacklist’ database of settlement businesses

The United Nations Human Rights Council will “produce a database of all business enterprises” operating in Israel’s settlements in territory occupied in 1967. The company blacklist was approved as part of a series of five resolutions...Show More Summary

UN to Vote on Database of All Businesses dealing with illegal Israeli Squatter Settlements

TeleSur | – – The U.N. resolution, which angered EU countries, says certain companies and enterprises are helping the expansion of illegal Israeli settlements. The United Nations Human Rights Council will vote…

Israel slams U.N. body's call for 'blacklist' of settlement companies

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel on Thursday assailed the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) for adopting a measure that calls for the establishment of a database of businesses "involved in activities" in the occupied West Bank...

U.N. will continue monitoring human rights in Iran

The United Nations Human Rights Council voted Wednesday to renew its agreement with a special rapporteur to continue monitoring and reporting on the human rights situation in Iran. The resolution was adopted with 20 countries voting to extend the mandate of Ahmed Shaheed, while 15 nations opposed...

U.N. sets up inquiry into South Sudan human rights violations

GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations Human Rights Council decided on Wednesday to set up a three-person commission to investigate human rights abuses in South Sudan, making a last minute amendment to a resolution to significantly bolster scrutiny of the country.

U.N. rights forum sets up group to pursue crimes by North Korea

GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations Human Rights Council on Wednesday set up a group of independent experts to study how to bring to justice perpetrators of crimes against humanity committed by North Korea, but Pyongyang immediately rejected the move as politically motivated.

Hundreds of Scholars Demand Justice for Assassinated Honduran Indigenous Activist Berta Cáceres

Latin America experts penned an open letter demanding an end to human rights violations and impunity. The Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous organizations of Honduras (COPINH) is calling for “national and international solidarity...Show More Summary

Fighting Terrorism Without Violating Human Rights

This is the speech I delivered at the 31st Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on March 18, 2016 at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland: Unlike some cultural aspects that are relative, violations of innocent people's physical integrity - such as dropping bombs on them - is universally deviant. Show More Summary

Council of Europe Rights Commissioner Urges Turkey to Release Academics

The Strasbourg-based Council of Europe’s human rights commissioner on Friday urged Ankara to release three Turkish academics after they criticized the government over security operations in the Kurdish-dominated southeast.

AFL-CIO Joins International Mission Demanding Accountability and Human Rights Protections in Honduras

On March 3, human rights activists denounced the assassination of Berta Cáceres, a leader for indigenous rights and environmental justice with the Council of Indigenous and Popular Organizations of Honduras. The Ides of March in Honduras...Show More Summary

NGOs Knock Down UK for Refusing to Accept UN's Ruling on Assange Detention

NGOs at the United Nations Human Rights Council have hit out at the UK for making "offensive remarks" and setting a "dangerous precedent" by refusing to take the advice from a UN working group which ruled that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was being "arbitrarily detained."

RT Urges UN to Probe Alleged Mass Killing of Kurds in Turkey

The RT television channel on Thursday called on the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to investigate reported mass murder of Kurds in south-eastern Turkey, according to a petition launched by the broadcaster.

Special Envoy Berry and GLIFAA Take Stock of Remarkable Progress and the Road Ahead

In honor of an annual gathering of U.S. ambassadors stationed abroad, Randy Berry, the State Department's Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBTI Persons, headlined an event in at the Atlantic Council in Washington, D.C. GLIFAA,Show More Summary

UN Inquiry Panel Acknowledges Russia's Commitment to Syrian Peace Process

The decision to withdraw Russian forces from Syria is a sign of President Putin's commitment, the head of a UN Human Rights Council's independent inquiry commission on Syria said Tuesday.

UN Not Prepared to Wait to Bring War Crimes Charges for Syria Actions

Those responsible for committing war crimes in Syria should be held accountable, justice should not wait for the final peace deal between the warring sides, the chair of the UN Human Rights Council's commission of inquiry on Syria said in a statement Tuesday.

Ceasefire Allows Daily Life in Syria to Return to Normal

Ceasefire regime in Syria will assist the local population to return to their ordinary life, the chair of the UN Human Rights Council's commission of inquiry on Syria said in a statement on Tuesday.

Why The UN Human Rights Mechanisms Must Continue to Monitor Iran’s Human Rights Situation

Why the United Nations Human Rights Council must ensure the special rapporteur and other mechanisms can continue  to monitor Iran’s human rights situation?

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