“No more hypocrisy on torture”“It is hypocritical of States to condemn torture committed by others while accepting its products,” UN Special Rapporteur on torture Juan E. Méndez says in his latest report. Stop executions in IranA group of UN rights experts express alarm at the ongoing spike in executions in Iran, which recently included the hanging of a former child bride amid questionable circumstances. A very dangerous activity“In the face of threats, torture and killings, defending rights remains a dangerous activity,” warns the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights defenders, Margaret Sekaggya. Environment and human rights“It is now beyond argument that human rights law includes obligations relating to the environment,” UN expert John Knox says in his latest report the Human Rights Council. Collective religious hatredUN expert Heiner Bielefeldt urges States to promote and protect everyone’s right of freedom of religion or belief to tackle the growing problem of collective religious hatred in the world. Awaiting truth and justiceTen years after the disappearance of human rights defender Somchai Neelaphaijit, a group of UN experts urge Thailand to establish the truth and bring the perpetrators to justice. “A turning point in Mauritania”“An essential step forward in the fight against slavery” - UN expert Gulnara Shahinian hails the adoption by the Mauritanian Government of the road map based on her recommendations. Right to foodUN Special Rapporteur on the right to food Olivier De Schutter calls for the world’s food systems to be redesigned to ensure the human right to adequate food and freedom from hunger. International Women's Day“Women’s economic empowerment is a mirage if we ignore unpaid work done at home,” UN expert on extreme poverty Magdalena Sepúlveda says on International Women’s Day. Rights defenders in Côte d’IvoireUN expert Doudou Diène urges the Government of Cote d’Ivoire to allow human rights defenders to play their role for the reconciliation and consolidation of progress in the country. UN experts on VenezuelaUN rights experts ask the Venezuelan Government for prompt clarification of allegations of arbitrary detention and excessive use of force against protesters and journalists. Electoral reform in CambodiaUN expert on the situation of human rights in Cambodia Surya P. Subedi hails agreements for electoral reform, but urges respect for freedom of expression and assembly. Mission to JordanUN expert Catarina de Albuquerque to assess the effect of the increased pressure by the spike of conflict-related refugees on scarce water resources in Jordan (11-16 March 2014). République centrafricaineL'Experte indépendante sur la situation des droits de l'homme en République centrafricaine, Marie-Thérèse Keita Bocoum, effectue sa première visite officielle dans le pays. Guinea-Bissau / Extreme poverty“Guinea-Bissau must immediately address the critical needs of the poorest,” says the UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Magdalena Sepúlveda. Minority issues in Nigeria “Good and inclusive governance is key to ensuring minority rights, equality and peaceful coexistence for all of Nigerians” - UN Independent Expert on minority issues, Rita Izsák. Mission to Papua New GuineaThe UN Special Rapporteur on summary executions, Christof Heyns, will assess the protection of the right to life in law and in practice in Papua New Guinea (3-14 March 2014). The fight against slaveryThe UN Special Rapporteur on slavery, Gulnara Shahinian, calls on Mauritania “to take more vigorous measures to eliminate slavery and to fully implement the laws and policies.” Haiti / Duvalier caseUN expert Gustavo Gallón urges Haiti to support additional investigations into crimes against humanity and financial crimes against former Haitian President Jean- Claude Duvalier. A call for reform in Côte d’IvoireUN Independent Expert Doudou Diène calls on the Government of Côte d’Ivoire to adopt urgent reforms before the presidential elections scheduled for October 2015. “Halt violence in Ukraine” “Violence and death toll in Ukraine totally unacceptable” – Key UN expert group on human rights calls for an immediate end to renewed clashes and meaningful dialogue. Mission to Guinea-BissauUN Special Rapporteur Magdalena Sepúlveda launches an official mission to Guinea-Bissau to assess the situation of people living in extreme poverty (24 Feb-1 Mar). Sudan / Human rightsUN Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in the Sudan Mashood Adebayo Baderin urges Government to release reports on last year’s violent demonstrations. Mission to MauritaniaFollow up mission by the UN Special Rapporteur on slavery, Gulnara Shahinian, to assess the Mauritanian authorities’ response to her 2009 recommendations (24-27 February). Human rights in MyanmarThe UN Special Rapporteur on Myanmar, Tomás Ojea Quintana, raises alarm on a number of challenges which, if left unaddressed, “could jeopardize the entire reform process.” Discrimination against womenUN rights experts urge Kenya to repeal discriminatory sections in the Matrimonial Property Act which discriminate against women and are at odds with the Kenyan Constitution.