A new report by the UN’s Office on Drugs and Crime fails to mention the use of the death penalty for drug crimes, despite a surge in executions of alleged drug offenders in countries where the UN agency funds counter-narcotics police.
In the run-up to the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture this Sunday, the UK charity Freedom from Torture has released an interactive map showing the top ten countries of origin for survivors being referred to it alongside a new report on the needs of torture survivors who are on the move as part of the refugee crisis.
The UN Secretary-General must use a meeting with the Deputy Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia today (22 June 2016) to call for the release of three Saudi juveniles who face beheading after allegedly attending protests, the human rights organisation Reprieve has said.
Yesterday 20 June, was World Refugee Day. The United Nations estimates that every minute eight people flee from war, persecution, or terror. The day is observed to bring attention to their collective struggle and to address the widespread global displacement of millions of people.
Pan-African women of faith from Africa and the African diaspora have in a spiritual pilgrimage deliberated on issues affecting women’s empowerment and the importance of lifting their voices and votes to end hunger and poverty.
On the second day of his visit to Brussels the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addressed the opening ceremony of the European Development Days forum and participated in a commemoration for the victims of the March airport bombing attacks in the city.
An expert panel of the World Health Organisation has concluded that while the Zika virus and its associated disorders continue to be a public health emergency of international concern, there is a “very low” risk of further international spread of the virus as a result of the forthcoming Olympic Games.