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  • UN Special Rapporteur Monitors Vancouver Homeless Relocation

    August 22, 2019

    Leilani Farha, the United Nations' Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing, has informed Vancouver, Canada officials that she is closely monitoring potential human rights law violations associated with city attempts to relocate 200 people who, for one year, have been living in tents at Oppenheimer Park.

  • UN Agents: US Must Take Action on “Hate Speech”

    August 09, 2019

    According to the New York Daily News, UN human rights mandate holders are demanding that the US government “take swift and decisive action” to limit “hate speech, intolerance, bigotry and racism,” citing their connection to fatal attacks such as the mass shootings that occurred over the past weekend in El Paso and Dayton.

  • UN Agent Says Man’s Deportation from Israel Would Be “War Crime”

    August 07, 2019

    The UN Special Rapporteur charged with pointing out alleged human rights violations committed by Israel, Michael Lynk, has accused Israel of attempting to commit a war crime by trying to deport a photojournalist born in Algeria to Jordan using secret evidence related to national security considerations.

  • UN Agent Demands More Oversight for South Korean Surveillance

    August 01, 2019

    UN Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy Joseph Cannataci has labeled safeguards against the abuse of surveillance technology in South Korea “seriously inadequate” and has called for the country to create an independent body to perform “spot-checks” of intelligence operations.

  • UN Officials: Israeli Destruction of Homes Violates Law

    July 26, 2019

    A statement by three UN officials criticizes as a violation of Israel’s international legal obligations an Israeli Supreme Court decision approving the destruction of homes in the community of Sur Bahir because the buildings were constructed too close to the West Bank security barrier.

  • UN Observers Criticize Italian Criminalization of Sea Rescues

    July 26, 2019

    A group of UN human rights mandate holders have condemned Italian policies aimed at discouraging migrants from undertaking the dangerous sea voyage between Africa and Europe by imposing criminal sanctions on civil society representatives who rescue migrants at sea.

  • UN Agent Disputes Hungary on Migration “Crisis”

    July 26, 2019

    UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants Felipe González Morales has disputed the Hungarian government’s characterization of its migration situation as a “crisis” and has called on Hungarian officials to adopt a human rights-focused approach toward migrants.

  • UN Agent: Israel Is “Bent on” Territorial Annexation

    July 26, 2019

    The UN Special Rapporteur charged with spotlighting Israel’s alleged human rights violations in “occupied” Palestinian territory, Michael Lynk, has characterized Israel as “an occupying power seemingly bent on further territorial annexation” and called for the global community “to hold Israel fully accountable for its actions.”

  • UN Body Demands Respect for Disability Rights in Climate Action

    July 26, 2019

    Human Rights Watch has published a press release applauding the UN Human Rights Council for passing a resolution calling on governments to take a “disability-inclusive approach” when considering policies to protect people from the catastrophic impacts of global warming.

  • UN Agents Weigh in on Indian Dispute over Forest Habitats

    July 25, 2019

    A group of UN human rights mandate holders have called on the Indian government to prevent the enforcement of eviction orders of indigenous peoples who live in the country’s forests in the face of legal action by wildlife organizations seeking to protect various regions from human encroachment.

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