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Press releases 2012


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Côte d’Ivoire / A call for consultations
UN expert Doudou Diène calls for broad consultations on the reform of the Independent Electoral Commission in Cote d’Ivoire “to prevent the country from falling back into crisis.”

Réconciliation intercommunautaire
République centrafricaine: l’Experte de l’ONU Marie-Thérèse Keita-Bocoum exhorte le gouvernement à promouvoir la réconciliation intercommunautaire au-delà de la capitale.

“Protect South Sudan’s IDPs”
“Protection of South Sudan’s one million internally displaced is eroding amid persistent violence and deliberate ethnically targeted attacks,” UN expert Chaloka Beyani warns.

Impunidad en Honduras
“La impunidad perpetúa la violencia contra periodistas y defensores de derechos humanos en Honduras”, advierten los Relatores Especiales Frank La Rue y Margaret Sekaggya.

UK / Violence against women
UN expert on violence against women Rashida Manjoo urges the UK to consider the best interests of all women and girls in addressing the specific needs of survivors of violence.

Minority rights in Ukraine
UN Special Rapporteur Rita Izsák calls for stronger minority rights guarantees to defuse tensions in Ukraine and urges all parties to find a peaceful solution to the crisis.

Mexico / Torture
UN Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, Juan E. Méndez, announces official mission to Mexico (21 April - 2 May 2014).

Djibouti / Eritrean refugees
UN expert Sheila B. Keetharuth hails the release of all Eritrean refugees and asylum seekers, some of whom had been held in detention for more than five years in Djibouti.

Mission to Honduras
The UN Special Rapporteur on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography, Najat Maalla M’jid, launches an official visit to Honduras from 21 to 25 April.

Israeli settlers in Hebron
“Israeli settlers must be stopped from taking over Al-Rajabi House in Hebron,” urges the UN Special Rapporteur on the Palestinian Territories occupied since 1967, Richard Falk.

Children's rights
UN child rights experts hail a new treaty now in force that allows children to complain directly to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child about alleged violations of their rights.

Action on military spending
On the Global Day of Action on Military Spending, UN expert Alfred de Zayas urges all Governments to proactively inform the public about military expending and to justify it.

Urgent appeal to Iran
UN Special Rapporteur Ahmed Shaheed calls on the Islamic Republic of Iran to halt immediately the execution of an Iranian woman reported to be scheduled for tomorrow.

"A hurtful reminder"
‘Redskins’ Team mascot is a hurtful reminder of past suffering of Native Americans in the US – UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples James Anaya.

Evictions in Cameroon
Two UN Special Rapporteurs express concern about the eviction and demolition of houses of a Mbororo pastoralist community in Bamenda, Cameroon.

Urgent appeal to Iran
UN rights experts express alarm at the denial of medical care to two political prisoners in Iran who are at risk of dying in detention due to worsening health conditions.


République centrafricaine
L’experte de l’ONU sur la situation des droits de l’homme en République centrafricaine Marie-Thérèse Keita Bocoum entamera sa seconde visite dans le pays (10-18 avril).

New Zealand / Arbitrary detention
The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention expresses concern at specific areas of deprivation of liberty in New Zealand, and recommends several ways for improvement.

Debt relief for reconstruction
Typhoon Haiyan: UN expert Cephas Lumina urges international creditors to cancel Philippines’ debt and to provide unconditional grant-aid instead of reconstruction loans.

International Roma Day
"Europe cannot stand for exclusion" – On International Roma Day, UN expert on minority issues Rita Izsák urges full inclusion of Roma in decision-making in Europe.

Human rights in Cambodia
UN expert Surya P. Subedi expresses concern that the Cambodian National Assembly held its second session last week without the opposition MPs taking up their seat.

Raising alarm on Rakhine State
"Recent developments in Rakhine State could amount to crimes against humanity,” UN expert on the human rights situation in Myanmar Tomás Ojea Quintana warns.



Kazakhstan / Religious communities
UN expert Heiner Bielefeldt urges Kazakhstan to end the mandatory registration of religious communities which has led legal insecurity affecting especially small groups.

Mission to Ukraine
UN Special Rapporteur on minority issues Rita Izsák launches mission to Ukraine to gather first-hand information from minority communities in the country (7-13 April).

Human rights in North Korea
UN expert on the situation of human rights in the DPRK Marzuki Darusman will visit Tokyo as to follow-up the work of the Commission of Inquiry on DPRK (8-10 April).

A mockery of justice in Egypt
A group of UN human rights experts urge the Egyptian authorities to quash the 529 death sentences announced last week, and give the defendants new and fair trials.

Eritrea / Human rights violations
UN Special Rapporteur Sheila B. Keetharuth expresses deep concern about persisting human rights violations in Eritrea in the context of the national service.