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Human Rights Day is observed by the international community every year on 10 December. It commemorates the day in 1948 on which the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Palestine's recognition as a non-member observer state of the United Nations brings with it obligations under international law, says Amnesty International.
The newly upgraded status of Palestine in the United Nations has been welcomed as a positive step forward by the World Council of Churches.
Proposals to place the internet under the control of a UN technical body could restrict political freedoms and harm civil society, the TUC has warned.
The United Nations health agency has called for renewed efforts to boost the political will needed for the global campaign against polio.
The World Council of Churches is a global organisation whose skills and experiences can create value for the UN, says WCC General Secretary.
A new cyber-crime law in the Philippines poses serious risks to freedom of expression and must be reviewed, Amnesty International has said.
Lutherans are working with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees as lead agency in refugee camp management at Dadaab, Kenya.
The Indonesian government has responded to UN recommendations to recognise the rights of its indigenous peoples by claiming that none live in Indonesia.
Amnesty has called on the Tunisian authorities to drop indecency charges against a woman summoned to court after complaining that police officers raped her.