Archive for March, 2013

Secretary-General’s statement on Somalia

6th March 2013 Uncategorized

New York – The Secretary-General is gratified by the 3 March Appeals Court ruling in Mogadishu overturning the conviction of an alleged rape victim accused of maligning the reputation of the state. He regrets, however, that the sentence against a journalist charged in connection with the case, while shortened, has been upheld. (more…)

At least the bare minimum to protect those who defend our rights – UN expert asks world Governments

5th March 2013 Uncategorized

GENEVA – “States must have -as a bare minimum- human rights-compliant legislation in place in order for human rights defenders to work effectively,” stressed the Special Rapporteur on human rights defenders, Margaret Sekaggya, during the presentation of her latest report to the UN Human Rights Council on the role of national human rights institutions in the promotion and protection of human rights. (more…)

When a health carer becomes a torturer, key report by the UN Special Rapporteur on torture

5th March 2013 Uncategorized

GENEVA – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on torture, Juan. E. Méndez, today called for an international debate on abuses in health-care settings that may cross a threshold of maltreatment equivalent to torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. (more…)

Pillay condemns “abhorrent” attacks on people with albinism in Tanzania

5th March 2013 Uncategorized

GENEVA – The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, said Tuesday she was appalled by reports of an upsurge in attacks against people with albinism in Tanzania, and called on the authorities there to take stronger measures to halt the crimes and tackle the underlying discrimination. (more…)

UN nuclear watchdog reports on Fukushima accident, Iran and DPR Korea

5th March 2013 Uncategorized

New York – The United Nations is working hard to help Japan deal with the consequences of the March 2011 nuclear power plant accident, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said today, as he presented a report in which he also voiced concern about issues relating to Iran and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). (more…)