GENEVA, March 12 (Reuters) – A U.N. human rights
investigator called on Iran on Thursday to revoke laws
restricting freedoms of the press and expression, free some 30
detained journalists and bloggers and halt satellite jamming and
blocking of websites.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has failed to create a
freer society since his landslide election on a progressive
platform in 2013 but has urged patience in bringing about
liberalisation, something resisted by the powerful security
services and judiciary.
GENEVA (Reuters) – The U.N. torture investigator accused the United States on Wednesday of stalling on his requests to visit its prisons where 80,000 people are in solitary confinement and to interview inmates at Guantanamo on his terms.
Juan Mendez, special rapporteur on torture, has sought for more than two years to enter U.S. prisons, including maximum-security facilities, to check on conditions. U.N. human rights experts have asked to visit Guantanamo since 2004.
GENEVA (Reuters) – A United Nations human rights investigator recommended an international strategy on Monday to press North Korea to clarify the fate of hundreds of foreign nationals allegedly abducted over decades, mainly from Japan and South Korea.
Marzuki Darusman, an independent expert, laid out the strategy in a report to the U.N. Human Rights Council saying that the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Hague was “competent for prosecuting these perpetrators”.
GENEVA (Reuters) – Edward Snowden has made a public appeal for Switzerland to grant him asylum, saying he would like to return to live in Geneva, where he once worked undercover for the Central Intelligence Agency.
The fugitive former U.S. spy agency contractor, wanted by Washington for leaking details of U.S. mass surveillance programs, spoke from Moscow by video link to a Geneva audience after a viewing of “Citizenfour”, an Oscar-winning documentary about his case.
The top United Nations human rights official called on Thursday for an international campaign to “discredit ISIL”, and urged Muslims worldwide to defend their faith against misrepresentation by violent extremists.
GENEVA (Reuters) – The top United Nations human rights official called on Thursday for an international campaign to “discredit ISIL”, and urged Muslims worldwide to defend their faith against misrepresentation by violent extremists.
Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, denounced murders, torture, mass beheadings and “genocidal” attacks on minorities in Syria, Iraq and Libya by Islamic State, also known as ISIL.
GENEVA, March 4 (Reuters) – Adults and children from the
Americas to Western Europe and the Middle East must roughly
halve the amount of sugar they consume to lower risk of obesity
and tooth decay, the World Health Organization said on
New guidelines mean people should reduce the amount to less
than 10 percent of their daily energy intake — or to about 50
grams or 12 teaspoons of sugar for adults, the U.N. agency said.
GENEVA (Reuters) – A United Nations envoy called on Israel on Tuesday to investigate the killing of more than 1,500 Palestinian civilians, one third of them children, during the 2014 Gaza war, and to make the findings public.
Makarim Wibisono, a former Indonesian ambassador, issued his first report to the U.N. Human Rights Council since becoming its special rapporteur on human rights in the Palestinian territories last June.
GENEVA (Reuters) – North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Su Yong warned on Tuesday that his country had the power to deter an “ever-increasing nuclear threat” by the United States with a pre-emptive strike if necessary.
In a rare speech to the U.N.-backed Conference on Disarmament, Ri said joint military exercises being staged by South Korea and the United States were “unprecedentedly provocative in nature and have an especially high possibility of sparking off a war”.
GENEVA (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Monday that Moscow and pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine must implement a ceasefire or face “consequences” that could further hit Russia’s faltering economy.
Kerry said the ceasefire must be respected in all “key strategic areas” including the town of Debaltseve and outside the Sea of Azov port of Mariupol.