Category Archives: Press Releases

FEATURE: For winners of UN essay contest, multilingualism makes the world go ‘round

By | 30 June 2014

New York, 27 June 2014 – An Arabic-speaking Chinese woman? A Mandarin-speaking Malagasy lady? A Spanish-speaking Portuguese gentleman from France? At first glance – or “listen”– all this might seem a bit strange, since the subjects come from cultures that are quite different from the languages they have chosen to speak and develop an expertise… Read More »

Laws on the use of force by the police require urgent global reform, UN human rights expert says

By | 13 June 2014

GENEVA, 13 June 2014 – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions Christof Heyns, stressed that laws regulating the use of force –especially lethal force- by the police are in urgent need of global reform. Mr. Heyns called on the UN and Governments around the world to launch a campaign to bring… Read More »

Modern slavery: UN rights experts welcome new international agreement on forced labour

By | 13 June 2014

GENEVA, 13 June 2014 – A group of United Nations independent experts* on slavery, migrants, trafficking, sale and sexual exploitation of children, and internally displaced persons today welcomed the adoption by the International Labour Conference of a legally binding international Protocol to respond to today’s challenge of forced labour worldwide.