Human Rights

Key U.S. Accomplishments at the UN Human Rights Council

This September will mark the two-year anniversary of U.S. membership on the United Nations Human Rights Council. U.S. engagement at the Council has led to a number of new mechanisms to spotlight and address serious human rights concerns and focused international attention to some of the world’s most egregious human rights abusers. Much work remains before the Council can fully realize its mandate as the international community’s focal point for the protection and promotion of human rights. The United States will continue to work hard to diminish the Council’s biased disproportionate focus on Israel. The United States maintains a vocal, principled stand against this focus, and will continue its robust efforts to end it.

Asylum-seeker numbers fall to almost half levels of a decade earlier, UN reports

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Asylum applications lodged in 44 industrialized countries, 2001-2010

Tips on Avoiding Fraudulent Charitable Contribution Schemes

The Federal Bureau of Investigation reminds the public to use caution when making donations in the aftermath of natural disasters. Unfortunately, criminals can exploit these tragedies for their own gain by sending fraudulent e-mails and creating phony websites designed to solicit contributions.

Aid agencies prepare for worst after UN Libya resolution

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Bangladeshi workers who have fled Libya at Choucha camp

Email Print Pressure Grows on Spain Over Racial Profiling

The United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) has put the Spanish government on notice: Spanish police who engage in ethnic profiling are violating the human right to nondiscrimination.

China may end one-child norm

China is looking into abolishing its one-child policy over the next five years, the Global Times reported Tuesday.

Amid reports of continued violence in Libya, UN ramps up humanitarian aid

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Humanitarian chief Valerie Amos briefs press on situation in Libya

OSCE media freedom representative strongly condemns explosion at Bulgarian newspaper offices, urges thorough and swift investigation

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The OSCE's Representative on Freedom of the Media, Dunja Mijatovic, opens a session on media freedom at the OSCE's Review Conference in Warsaw, Poland, 7 October 2010.

UNESCO Director-General calls for a halt to abuses against media in Egypt

"Silencing the media or attempting to intimidate them is an unacceptable assault on the right of citizens to be informed," said the Director General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova in a statement released today, following numerous reports of attacks against journalists and correspondents covering events in Egypt.

“UNESCO has received information indicating that reporters are being beaten or arrested, their equipment seized or damaged, their freedom of movement blocked, and their editorial offices torched or vandalized,” said the Director-General. “Equally disturbing reports have been received about the shutdown of most internet traffic and mobile networks. This is totally unacceptable, given that the public relies on these technologies for personal safety as well as communication.

50-Count Indictment Returned Charging Raleigh Man in International Gun Trafficking Case

United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that yesterday a Federal Grand Jury returned a Superseding Indictment charging, STEVEN NEAL GREENOE, a United States citizen, in the illegal export of firearms from the United States to the United Kingdom.