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Following positive progress in relations between Cuba and the United States, the World Council of Churches has welcomed the developments.
The Missouri Grand Jury's absolution of a police officer for the fatal shooting of Michael Brown spotlights concerns on institutionalised discrimination in the US, says UN rights chief.
A UN body that tracks forced disappearance has reiterated its call to Yemen to produce a US citizen missing from a prison in the country for nearly nine months.
Amnesty International has called for an investigation into allegations that police shot dead an unarmed teenager in Missouri and the heavy-handed tactics used to disperse the subsequent protests.
Holding prisoners in prolonged solitary confinement in the only federal super-maximum security prison in the US amounts to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, says Amnesty.
United Nations officials have welcomed the initiative announced by President Barack Obama to limit emissions from power plants in the United States.
It has been announced that a full evidentiary hearing which could prove his innocence after 27 years in a Florida prison will be held in November for British citizen Krishna Maharaj.
Allegations that a mentally ill prisoner in Florida was tortured to death, followed by a cover-up, have focused attention on the US prison system. Inmates and staff at Dade Correctional Institution in Miami have claimed that abuse was common.
A British businessman sentenced to death by a Florida court in 1987 will today (23 May) submit new evidence ahead of a full evidentiary hearing that could prove his innocence.
Following his capture by UK forces and rendition to Afghanistan, the US has released Yunus Rahmatullah, a Pakistani citizen held for ten years without charge, trial, or access to a lawyer.