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Famine can be a war crime and should be prosecuted, says independent UN rights expert

Famine can constitute a war crime or crime against humanity, an independent United Nations human rights expert today said, noting that more civilians die from hunger and disease related to conflicts than in direct combat.

In Blaustein lecture, UN rights chief rebukes notion that multilateralism is a threat in today's world

The United Nations human rights chief today called for spreading greater knowledge about human rights to its skeptics, rebuking perspectives that see global organizations and their international legal frameworks as part of a problem and not the solution.

UN rights experts urge Iran to immediately release British-Iranian citizen after fresh charges

United Nations human rights experts have appealed to Iran to immediately release a jailed British-Iranian citizen, who is now facing fresh charges, and expressed “grave” concerns for her welfare.

Strong civil society can push back against 'major attack' on human rights, says senior UN rights official

A senior United Nations human rights official has praised civil society for its role in standing up to the “backlash” against human rights.

Iran: UN rights experts urge country to halt imminent execution of juvenile Amirhossein Pourjafar

United Nations human rights experts on Wednesday urgently appealed to Iran to halt tomorrow’s execution of Amirhossein Pourjafar, who was sentenced to death when he was 16 years old.

General Assembly elects new members to UN Human Rights Council

The General Assembly today elected, by secret ballot, 15 States to serve on the Human Rights Council, the highest intergovernmental body in the United Nations system for matters relating to protection and promotion of human rights worldwide.

UN rights experts urge France to provide safe water, sanitation for migrants in ‘Calais Jungle’

United Nations human rights experts are urging the Government of France to devise long-term measures to provide access to safe drinking water and sanitation for migrants in Calais and other areas along the northern French coast.

Lift protest ban, protect judiciary and preserve civil society role, UN rights experts urge Kenya

Voicing concern over restrictions on protests as well as attacks on judiciary and civil society in the run-up to presidential elections in Kenya, a group of United Nations independent human rights experts called on the Government to honour its obligations and protect the rights of Kenyans.

Central African Republic: UN Special Adviser condemns incitement of violence and hatred

The United Nations Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide has strongly condemned provocation of ethnic and religious hatred armed groups and politicians in the Central African Republic and impressed the need for urgent, concerted and coordinated steps to end violence, defuse intercommunity tensions and alleviate the suffering of the civilian population.