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UN Keeps Pressure on Iran for its Rights Failures

Human Rights Monitoring Will Continue March 27, 2015—The United Nations Human Rights Council voted today to renew the mandate of Dr. Ahmed Shaheed, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran, signaling the international community’s continued concern over the state of human rights in Iran. The resolution to renew the mandate […]

UN Agency Will Decide If Western SANCTIONS Violate Human Rights, Giving Obama An Excuse To Lift Sanctions

Hey, you know what would be a fantastic idea? Lifting sanctions against countries like Russia, Iran, and North Korea! The U.N. Human Rights Council this week will appoint an official

Russia Calls on UN to Confront Racism, Nazism in Democratic States

As the Russian delegation on the 28th UN Human Rights Council regular session stated, racial discrimination and xenophobia were still present at many democratic countries.

Israel absent from UN rights agency's session on Gaza

Israeli envoy fails to attend UN Human Rights Council special session on Palestinian territories and 2014 Gaza conflict.

UNHCR: Israel committed war crimes against Gaza civilians

A report by a special UN investigator said that Israel “deliberately” targeted civilian homes during last summer’s attack on Gaza. The report will be presented Monday to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHCR) in Geneva by special rapporteur Makarim Wibisono of Indonesia. The report will form part of the basis for a UNHRC debate […]

Lebanon FM trying to prevent condemnation of Hezbollah’s Syria role by UN Human Rights

The Lebanese newspaper As Safir reported on Monday that  Qatar and Saudi Arabia are  leading a diplomatic effort  for the adoption of a statement by the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva that denounces  Hezbollah’s involvement  in the  Syrian war. As Safir which is closely linked to Hezbollah and the Syrian regime claims that that the two  Arab Gulf […]

Russia, China Ignore 'Provocative' UN Meeting on Human Rights in Crimea

Ramping up its campaign of paranoia, Lithuania organized an informal meeting with the United Nations Security Council to discuss alleged human rights abuses in Crimea. Not in attendance were Russia and several other key nations, recognizing the gathering as being more interested in provocation than facts.

UN Human Rights Council May Take Up Saeed Abedini's Case Over Iran's Illegal Imprisonment of Christian Pastor

Associate Counsel Matthew Clark of the American Center for Law and Justice has said that he hopes the U.N. Human Rights Council will take up the case of Pastor Saeed Abedini, who is serving an eight-year sentence for his Christian faith in Iran.

ICC Should Investigate Crimes Committed in Iraq - UN

The UN Security Council should refer the crimes committed by the Islamic State (ISIL) group and other militias in Iraq to the International Criminal Court (ICC), the UN Human Rights Office said in a report published on Thursday.

Is Bahrain the New Apartheid State?

Over the last week at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, I've heard Bahrain described several times as an apartheid state. It's not a new comparison. A few days after the mass protests for democracy broke out in February 2011, New...Show More Summary

Under scrutiny, Iran Shows Increased, but Limited Cooperation with UN Mechanism

Four years into his mandate as the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran, Dr. Ahmed Shaheed told UN member states at a meeting of the Human Rights Council today in Geneva that although he has yet to be let into the country for a site visit, Iran is demonstrating other signs of cooperation with the mandate.

Do unilateral sanctions violate human rights?, by Thomas Kaiser

The Advisory Committee of the UN Human Rights Council met in Geneva during the week of 23 to 27 February. This committee – called the Advisory Board – is composed of 18 independent experts who are elected based on a key that reflects the continental distribution of the 47 member states of the Human Rights Council. Show More Summary

Open Letter Asks UN Human Rights Council to Probe Abuses in Vietnam

An open letter signed by 27 groups and 163 individuals is asking the United Nations Human Rights Council to probe the human rights abuses committed by the Vietnamese government. The signatories are also demanding the removal of Vietnam's membership in the UN human rights body. We urge member states to...

UN Cultural Rights Rapporteur Delivers Report Condemning Prevailing Copyright Laws

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The UN Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights, Farida Shaheed, has just delivered a less-than-complimentary report on copyright to the UN's Human Rights Council. Shaheed's report actually examines where copyright meshes with...Show More Summary

Pro-Life Group Tells UN: Forcing Nurses to Assist Abortions Violates International Law

ADF International will hold a parallel event at the 28th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva Thursday to call upon European nations to respect the fundamental right to freedom of conscience within the medical profession. Two ADF International lawyers will speak at the event and will be available for media interviews. […]

Over 60 Human Rights Groups Urge UN to Appoint Privacy Champion - ACLU

American Civil Liberties Union reports that activists from more than 60 human rights groups signed a letter to encourage the UN Human Rights Council to vote on and appoint a special rapporteur on privacy.

Two Koreas Set to Clash Over Human Rights at United Nations

The United Nations Human Rights Council expects top government officials from the North and South Korea to go one on one at the UN headquarters in Geneva.

Advancing Universal Values at the UN Human Rights Council

Our commitment is driven by the founding values of our nation, and the conviction that international peace, security, and prosperity are strengthened when human rights and fundamental freedoms are respected and protected.

Lavrov, Kerry to Continue Talks After UN Human Rights Council Session

The top diplomats of Russia and the USA will proceed their talks in Geneva.

Lavrov to Deliver Speech at 28th UN Human Rights Council Session on Monday

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will deliver a speech at the 28th UN Human Rights Council session opening in Geneva on Monday, according to the Russian Foreign Ministry.

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