Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Giant eco-friendly artwork set to inspire world leaders during the UN General Assembly

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The 11,000 square meters ‘ephemeral fresco’ was created by Swiss artist Saype. It shows two children building the world of the future and represents,...

First Person: A life dedicated to indigenous rights in Brazil

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For almost 30 years, Brazilian activist Joenia Wapixana, has been fighting for indigenous land rights and against “institutionalized discrimination” in Brazil. In a special interview with UN News, to mark the 20th anniversary of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action, she says...

UNICEF stresses Afghan girls must not be excluded from school

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The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on Friday welcomed the news that secondary schools are due to reopen in Afghanistan on Saturday, after months of...

Venezuela’s justice system aiding repression: Human rights probe

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The independence of Venezuela’s justice system has been “deeply eroded”, to such an extent that it plays a significant role in the State’s repression...

Bachelet calls for major re-think over impact of sanctions on human rights

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Unilateral and coercive sanctions imposed by governments can create severe and undue suffering for innocent people who bear no responsibility for alleged misconduct, the...

UN Women’s feminist roadmap tackles triple crises of jobs, care and climate

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The UN’s gender equality and empowerment organization on Thursday published a flagship feminist plan for economic recovery and transformation, which aims to learn the...

77 million children have spent 18 months out of class: #ReopenSchools, urges UNICEF

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The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says the world is facing an education crisis due to the COVID pandemic, that has left nearly 77 million children shut out of...

Urgent action needed over artificial intelligence risks to human rights

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States should place moratoriums on the sale and use of artificial intelligence (AI) systems until adequate safeguards are put in place, UN human rights chief, Michelle...

Multiple reports of alleged human rights violations in Tigray

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UN human rights chief, Michelle Bachelet on Monday deplored “multiple and severe reports of alleged gross violations of human rights, humanitarian and refugee law” committed by...

Gender equality ‘champion’ Sima Sami Bahous to lead UN Women

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Secretary-General António Guterres described Sima Sami Bahous of Jordan, as “a champion for women and girls”, announcing on Monday her appointment to lead the UN’s gender equality and empowerment entity, UN Women.  Read the full story, “Gender equality ‘champion’...

An illustration of resilience and hope, in the face anti-Asian hate

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The rise in hate crimes against people of Asian and Pacific Island heritage in the United States since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic,...

Human Rights abuses intensifying in eastern DR Congo – UNHCR

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An alarming number of human rights abuses have been carried out against civilians this year by armed groups in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, the UN...

Taliban response to protests increasingly violent, UN rights office warns

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Peaceful protesters in many parts of Afghanistan have been met with an increasingly violent response by the new Taliban authorities over the past four weeks, the UN human rights office (OHCHR) said on Friday,...

Yemen: ‘Climate of fear’ grows, all sides to blame, say rights experts

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There has been no let-up in more than six years of conflict in Yemen, as a growing “climate of fear” among civilians continues, a...

UN experts urge Afghanistan’s new rulers to prohibit torture ‘in any circumstances’

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Experts serving on a UN human rights treaty body called on Thursday for the new Taliban-led authorities of Afghanistan to uphold “the international obligations...