Human Rights

Director-General condemns murder of Somali journalist Hassan Osman Abdi and urges Somalia to improve media safety

The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, today condemned the murder of Somali journalist Hassan Osman Abdi and called for measures to improve the safety of media workers in the country.

SOUTH SUDAN-UGANDA: Economic migrants battle xenophobia

Ugandan traders complain of beatings and arbitrary arrest

UN welcomes Iraqi ratification of pact on rights of persons with disabilities

Celebration of International Day of Persons with Disabilities. UN Photo/Fardin Waezi

INDONESIA: Rights groups urge release of Papuan activists

Papua has witnessed a low-level separatist insurgency since the 1960s

Mali becomes first African nation to agree to imprison ICC convicts

Judge Fatoumata Dembele Diarra, of the International Criminal Court (left) after signing agreement with Foreign Minister Soumeylou Boubeye Maiga of Mali.

UN agency condemns air raids on refugee site in South Sudan

Sudanese refugees at a relocation site in South Sudan's Unity State.

Judiciary still not fully independent, concludes report by OSCE Mission in Kosovo

Despite improvements resulting from judicial reform in Kosovo, a number of challenges still affect independent functioning of the justice system, concludes the report by the OSCE Mission in Kosovo presented today.

Intellectual property rights in the digital age - new approaches needed to guarantee freedom of expression, says OSCE media freedom representative

The Internet should remain an open and public forum for freedom of expression for their citizens, in line with OSCE commitments and international standards of media freedom.

Going to Bat for Pit Bulls: Miami Marlins New Pitcher Mark Buehrle Teams with Best Friends to Urge Florida Legislators to Pass Bill Ending Canine Profiling in Miami-Dade

Miami Marlins pitcher Mark Buehrle is excited to move to Florida with his family, but since their pit bull, Slater, is not welcome in Miami-Dade County, he and his wife Jamie, their two young children and four dogs will reside in nearby Broward County. As animal lovers and spokespeople for Best Friends Animal Society the Buehrles are featured in a new public service announcement, encouraging residents to support HB 997/SB 1322, which finally would overturn Miami-Dade County's ban on pit bulls.


DR Congo: UN concerned over new displacement of thousands of civilians

A woman forced to flee her home village rests outside a shelter in North Kivu province.