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Human Rights

Today’s global crises highlight need to promote human security – Ban

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has emphasized the need to promote the concept of human security, noting that the challenges facing the world today threaten the lives of millions and undermine development efforts.

On visit to Ghana, UN development chief lauds progress on women’s empowerment

United Nations development chief Helen Clark has lauded the progress made by Ghana towards women’s empowerment and gender equality, one of the eight social and economic objectives known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that world leaders...

UN stresses safeguarding human rights in humanitarian emergencies

United Nations human rights experts today called for ensuring that measures to protect the rights of people affected by humanitarian emergencies are integrated in all stages of the response effort.

Argentina Legalizes Same-Sex Marriages

Argentina legalized same-sex marriage Thursday, becoming the first country in Latin America to give gays and lesbians all the legal rights that marriage brings to heterosexual couples.

HUMANITARIAN ACTION MID-YEAR—FIVE BILLION DOLLARS SHORT

John Holmes, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, today chaired the launch of the Humanitarian Appeal Mid- Year Review for 2010. The Permanent Representative of the Permanent Mission of the...

NEPAL: A child is in danger after he is tortured by the family of a policeman; his lawyers are threatened

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is extremely concerned for the safety and health of a young boy, after he was badly tortured by the family of a police inspector. The 14 year old boy worked as a domestic helper in the house of Police Inspector...

Domestic violence deaths rise 40 percent in Argentina

A total of 126 women died as a result of domestic violence in Argentina during the first half of this year, 40 percent more than during the same period in 2009, according to statistics published by the organisation La Casa del Encuentro.

UN report looks at labour inequalities for Latin American and Caribbean women

Women in Latin America and the Caribbean are still discriminated against in the labour market and receive lower wages than men for the same work, according to a new United Nations report which also points to women in the region spending more time on...

Peace In Afghanistan At What Cost To Its Women?

The top United Nations envoy in Afghanistan confirmed this week that at least 10 members of the Taliban are in the process of being removed from a U.N. blacklist at the request of Afghan President Hamid Karzai. It's seen as a step toward peace talks...

ReliefWeb/Situation Report : Afghanistan: Conflict Kills, Injures 14 Civilians Everyday - ARM Mid-Year Report

Kabul, 12 July 2010: Almost six civilian people were killed and eight were wounded each day in conflictrelatedincidents from 1 January to 30 June 2010, Afghanistan Rights Monitor (ARM) said today in amid‐year report on civilian casualties of war.