UN condemns rights abuses in N. Korea/Burma

19 November 10 - From VOA News: The UN General Assembly committee that deals with human rights issues adopted separate resolutions on Thursday condemning widespread human rights abuses in North Korea and Burma. Read

UN chief discussed rights privately in China

7 November 10 - From the New York Times: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon addressed mounting criticism that he was notably soft on China’s human rights record by saying that he had raised the issue in private during his visit there this (...) Read

US defends its human rights record

7 November 10 - From Reuters: The United States defended itself against criticism of its human rights record from friend and foe alike on Friday in a United Nations forum that the former Bush administration had boycotted as hypocritical. Read

US rights record under review

5 November 10 - From the Washington Post: The United States is submitting its human rights record to the scrutiny of other nations - both allies and adversaries - for the first time, as the Obama administration opens itself up to a committee shunned by his (...) Read

An Obama success story: the UN Human Rights Council

5 November 10 - Ever since the US joined the UN institution, it has transformed the balance of power in a multilateral direction. Read

US rights record to be scrutinized Friday

4 November 10 - From the New York Times: On Friday the United States will experience its first review by the United Nations Human Rights Council. Read

Racism plagues every society says UN expert

3 November 10 - From OHCHR: “Racism and xenophobia are not yesterday’s problems, they remain an immense challenge for today,” the Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance, Githu Muigai, said Monday while presenting two (...) Read

Ban Ki-moon criticized for avoiding rights issues

3 November 10 - From The Telegraph: The United Nations secretary-general has come under fierce attack from human rights groups after he failed to take up the case of Nobel peace laureate Liu Xiaobo during a meeting with China’s president this (...) Read

Honduras: much to explain in UPR review

3 November 10 - Honduras must answer to the UN Human Rights Council this week with respect to the numerous complaints of violations committed before, during and after the Jun. 28, 2009 coup d’état that overthrew President Manuel Zelaya. Read

Clinton endorses rights office in Cambodia

2 November 10 - From VOA News: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has thrown her support behind the UN human rights office in Cambodia, and also addressed the issue of Cambodia’s debt to the United States during a visit to Phnom Penh as part of two-week long tour of (...) Read
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