UN experts urge United Arab Emirates to release terminally ill woman to live her last days ‘in dignity’

United Nations independent human rights experts on Tuesday urged the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to release from detention a terminally ill woman who they say has been “reportedly subjected to inhuman and degrading treatment” so that she can “live her last days of life, in dignity”.

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February 26, 2019 at 01:59PM
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‘Informing is not a crime’ UN chief calls for better protection of journalists, press freedom

Paying tribute to reporters around the world who “put their lives on the line” to tell important stories, UN chief António Guterres lamented on Monday that freedom of the press was increasingly “shrinking” worldwide, and called on decision-makers to better protect journalists and media workers.

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February 25, 2019 at 02:56PM
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UK must end ‘unlawful’ administration of Chagos Archipelago ‘as rapidly as possible,’ top UN court rules

The UK Government is “under an obligation” to end its administration of the Chagos Archipelago “as rapidly as possible” the International Court of Justice, the principal judicial body of the UN, stated in an Advisory Opinion released on Monday. The Opinion calls the continued administration of the archipelago “unlawful,” and “a wrongful act.”

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February 25, 2019 at 02:34PM
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Joint UN-Red Cross appeal to end rising sexual violence as a weapon of war

Sexual violence in conflict – and the stigma that survivors often face – must be addressed urgently, UN chief António Guterres said on Monday, in a joint appeal for more funding and international action, together with the head of the Red Cross, Peter Maurer.

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February 25, 2019 at 10:52AM
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Youth, indigenous peoples, migrants and refugees boost hope for human rights: Guterres

People’s rights are under fire “in many parts of the globe,” UN Secretary-General António Guterres told the Human Rights Council on Monday, before insisting that he was not “losing hope”, thanks to the progress made by powerful grassroots movements for social justice.

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February 25, 2019 at 08:08AM
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Tensions escalate in Venezuela, civilians killed and injured: UN top officials lament excessive use of force by authorities

As tensions escalated on Saturday at Venezuelan border and at various points along Venezuela’s borders with Colombia and Brazil, as well as within the country itself, resulting in the death and injury of various civilians, the United Nations chief, António Guterres, and the head of the UN human rights office (OHCHR), Michelle Bachelet, expressed their shock and appealed for calm.

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February 24, 2019 at 11:29AM
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Europe and Eurasia: Estonia National Day

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Press Statement

Michael R. Pompeo

Secretary of State

Washington, DC
February 24, 2019


Congratulations to the people of Estonia on your 101st anniversary of independence. On behalf of the United States government, I want to thank Estonia for your unwavering commitment to our transatlantic community and your dedication to promoting peace, prosperity, and freedom.

The United States and Estonia share a commitment to our mission in NATO and to our Allies. We commend Estonia for your contributions to global security in Afghanistan and Iraq, hosting NATO’s Center of Excellence on cybersecurity, and dedicating over two percent of your GDP to defense spending.

Throughout the past year, we were proud to commemorate your centennial anniversary with you including hosting President Kersti Kaljulaid, along with the presidents of Latvia and Lithuania, at the White House in April for the U.S.-Baltic Centennial Summit and the U.S. Baltic Business Forum.

In 2019, we look forward to honoring more of your milestones including the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and movements like the Baltic Way. The bravery of the Estonian people in 1989 supported the expansion of democracy and freedom throughout the region.

I am sure that the partnership between the United States and Estonia will only deepen in the years to come. Õnnitlused!



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Another somber milestone for Afghanistan: 2018 saw record-high civilians killed in decade – UN report

With over 3,800 civilian women, children and men killed in just one year, Afghanistan has hit yet another “deeply disturbing and wholly unacceptable” record, according to a new report issued on Sunday by the UN political mission in the country (UNAMA) and the UN human rights office (OHCHR).

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February 23, 2019 at 10:25PM
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Nicaragua: UN rights chief ‘deeply concerned’ over increasing criminalization of dissenters

While the Nicaraguan Government claims to want to resolve its political and social unrest, dissenters continue to be arrested and convicted, clearly hindering a conducive environment for “genuine and inclusive dialogue,” the United Nations rights chief said on Friday.

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February 22, 2019 at 12:22PM
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Venezuelan refugees now number 3.4 million; humanitarian implications massive, warns UN

As the number of refugees and migrants from Venezuela continues to rise – hitting the 3.4 million mark this month – United Nations agencies sounded the alarm on Friday over the humanitarian needs these women, children and men face, and the strain this represents for communities hosting them.

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