U.N. Human Rights

  • U.N. condemns 'horrific murder' of French teacher
    GENEVA, October 27 (Reuters): The U.N. human rights office on Tuesday condemned the "horrific murder" of French school teacher Samuel Paty who was beheaded this month by a suspected Islamist after he used caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad in a class on freedom of expression. U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet "unequivocally condemns the murder of the school teacher in France", spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani told a U.N. briefing in Geneva.
  • Myanmar casualties may represent war crimes: U.N.'s Bachelet
    GENEVA, September 14 (Reuters): The U.N. human rights chief said on Monday that three years after a Rohingya exodus "no concrete measures" on accountability had been taken by authorities and said some cases of recent civilian casualties in Myanmar may represent war crimes. "In some cases, they appear to have been targeted or attacked indiscriminately, which may constitute further war crimes or even crimes against humanity," U.N. High Commissioner for Human R
  • U.N. experts decry Hong Kong security law in letter to China
    GENEVA, September 4 (Reuters): U.N. human rights experts have told China a new security law for Hong Kong "infringes on certain fundamental rights" and voiced concerns that it could be used to prosecute political activists in the former British colony. In a rare joint letter made public on Friday, 48 hours after it was sent to the Chinese government, they also said provisions of the new law appear to undermine the independence of Hong Kong's judges and lawyers, an
  • U.N. 'alarmed' at arrests in Hong Kong under new law
    GENEVA, July 3 (Reuters): The U.N. human rights office voiced concern on Friday that "vague and overly broad" provisions in Hong Kong's new national security law may lead to activists being prosecuted in violation of fundamental freedoms of assembly and expression.   National security legislation imposed by China this week on Hong Kong will punish crimes of secession, subversion, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces with up to life in prison, herald
  • Hong Kong security law must protect basic freedoms - U.N. rights chief
    GENEVA, June 19 (Reuters): Any new national security laws imposed on Hong Kong "must fully comply with China's human rights obligations" and international treaties protecting civil and political freedoms, the top U.N. human rights official said on Friday.   The draft legislation specifies the definition of four crimes and sets out punishments: separatist activity, state subversion, terrorist activity, and collusion with foreign forces, the official Xinhua