No safe harbour: lifting the lid on a misunderstood trafficking crime – International People Search

The crime of harbouring, in which victims of human trafficking are accommodated or forced to stay in a specific location, is not universally understood by courts around the world. A new UN study aims to address that issue, and improve protection for victims.

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UNICEF sounds alarm over abductions of women and children in Haiti   – International People Search

The number of children and women abducted in Haiti until the end of August already surpassed last year’s total, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned this Thursday.  

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Landmark decision’ gives legal teeth to protect environmental defenders – International People Search

A 46-strong group of countries across the wider European region has agreed to establish a new legally binding mechanism that would protect environmental defenders, the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) said on Friday.

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Fears grow for the lives of 5 Palestinians on hunger strike in Israeli prisons – International People Search

Israel has been urged to either release or charge five Palestinian prisoners currently on hunger strike in Israeli prisons. Grave concerns have been expressed for the lives of the prisoners by UN independent rights experts, who on Thursday, called on the Israeli Government to completely end the “unlawful practice “ of administrative detention. 

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Restore sexual, reproductive health rights lost during COVID, rights expert urges – International People Search

Sexual and reproductive health rights, are human rights, the independent UN expert on the right to health reminded Member States in the General Assembly on Wednesday, saying that it was essential to restore services in the field, that have been eroded during the COVID-19 pandemic

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Only ‘real equality’ can end vicious cycle of poverty – International People Search

Although poverty and privilege “continue to reproduce themselves in vicious cycles”, it is possible to break the chain and shift the paradigm, an independent UN human rights expert told the General Assembly on Wednesday. 

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Rush for new profits posing threat to human rights, UN experts warn  – International People Search

The finance industry’s demand for new sources of capital worldwide to satisfy investors, is having a serious negative impact on the enjoyment of human rights, a group of UN-appointed independent rights experts have warned. 

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Four children killed on their way to school in northwest Syria – International People Search

Four children – three boys and a girl – were killed on Monday morning while travelling to school in northwest Syria, along with a teacher, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Wednesday.

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‘Overzealous’ security services undermining South Sudan peace: rights experts  – International People Search

State security forces in South Sudan have been responsible for imposing new and potentially arbitrary restrictions against the country’s most prominent civil society leaders, issuing “credible” death threats that have undermined peace efforts, UN-appointed independent rights experts said on Wednesday. 

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Over-compliance with US sanctions hurting Iran’s ‘butterfly kids’ – International People Search

Over-compliance with United States-imposed sanctions against Iran is harming the right to health, and people with a rare skin disease are among those affected, many of them children, experts appointed by the UN Human Rights Council said on Tuesday. 

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