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‘Bring them home’: UN experts call for repatriating detained Syria children

Independent UN-appointed human rights experts on Friday called for the urgent repatriation of children from northeast Syria, as they enter their fifth year of detention.

31 March 2023

Top UN official urgently calls for de-escalating nuclear tensions over Belarus

Urgent efforts must be made to de-escalate the situation following Russia’s announcement last weekend that it plans to station tactical nuclear weapons in Belarus, the UN disarmament chief warned the Security Council on Friday.

31 March 2023

Türkiye, Syria quake response continues, food security threat rising

Almost two months after deadly earthquakes struck Türkiye and northern Syria, a large-scale humanitarian operation is underway for which funding is still desperately needed, the UN Humanitarian Affairs coordination office (OCHA) said on Friday.

31 March 2023

UNAIDS launches campaign to advocate for rights of transgender children

A razor, nail polish, and beads are part of the new Unbox Me campaign, launched by UNAIDS to raise awareness among parents, teachers, and the wider community about gender identity during childhood, as the world marked International Transgender Day of Visibility on Friday.

31 March 2023

Guatemala: Türk alarmed by reprisals against anti-corruption officials

Retaliation continues against officials who spearheaded the fight against corruption in Guatemala, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Volker Türk, said on Thursday.

30 March 2023

Zero Waste Day: UN calls for a war on garbage

The planet is literally drowning in garbage, and it is high time to clean up, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Thursday, at an event in the General Assembly Hall marking the first-ever International Day of Zero Waste. 

30 March 2023

Women in peacekeeping: UN Fund calls for new ideas and investment

The UN’s Elsie Initiative Fund (EIF) launched a fresh call for funding proposals on Thursday, aimed at improving opportunities for uniformed women to serve in peacekeeping operations, and better serve vulnerable communities worldwide.

30 March 2023

Greater protection needed for Palestinians amid rising violence, annexation threat

The international community must take firm and principled action to protect the human rights and dignity of Palestinians, amid mounting violence in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, and the threat of even further annexation, an independent UN-appointed rights expert said on Thursday. 

30 March 2023

UN rights experts condemn Uganda’s ‘egregious’ anti-LGBT legislation

Making homosexuality punishable by death is an egregious violation of human rights, independent UN Human Rights Council-appointed experts said on Wednesday, urging Uganda’s president to veto new laws approved by parliament this month, which further criminalise people identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT), and those who defend them.

29 March 2023

General Assembly votes to seek World Court’s opinion, in quest for ‘bolder’ climate action

The UN General Assembly will seek the opinion of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on countries’ obligations to address climate change, following the adoption by consensus of a resolution on Wednesday. 

29 March 2023