Navi Pillay - updates

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UN issues fresh call to Japan over WWII 'comfort women'

Aug 30, 2014 - 12:21 PM

The UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination says that by failing to treat the aging survivors properly Japan had let their suffering drag on for decades

UN rights chief slams Syria 'paralysis' as death toll tops 191,000

Aug 22, 2014 - 9:19 PM

An estimated 191 369 deaths are recorded between March 2011 – when the war broke out – and April this year Among the dead are 9 000 children

IN SYRIA. Syrian policemen and citizens at the site of a car bomb explosion in the Abbasid neighborhood. Photo by EPA

Israel vows to crush Gaza tunnels, snubs UN

Jul 31, 2014 - 5:58 PM

UPDATED Netanyahu: I will not accept any truce proposal that does not allow the IDF army to complete this work for the security of Israel s citizens

TUNNELS. View on the entrance of a tunnel said to be used by Palestinian militants for cross-border attacks during an army organised tour in a tunnel at the Israeli-Gaza border, 25 July 2014.

Downing of MH17 'may amount to a war crime' – UN

Jul 28, 2014 - 5:09 PM

UN human rights chief: Every effort will be made to ensure that anyone committing serious violations of international law including war crimes will be brought to justice no matter who they are

A picture taken on July 17, 2014 shows wreckages of the malaysian airliner carrying 295 people from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur after it crashed, near the town of Shaktarsk, in rebel-held east Ukraine. Photo by Dominique Faget/AFP

Jordanian prince is UN's next rights chief

Jun 17, 2014 - 6:53 AM

The top diplomat currently Amman s ambassador to the United Nations will take over as UN high commissioner for human rights on September 1 replacing Navi Pillay of South Africa

NEXT RIGHTS CHIEF. Prince Zeid Ra'ad Zeid Al-Hussein, seen here during a press briefing 6 January 2014 at the UN headquarters in New York, is the next UN human rights chief. Paulo Filgueiras/UN Photo

Obama rules out sending troops as cleric calls Iraqis to arms

Jun 14, 2014 - 11:33 AM

We will not be sending US troops back into combat in Iraq but I have asked my national security team to prepare a range of other options that could help support Iraqi security forces the US president says

Kerry warns war-torn South Sudan risks genocide, famine

May 01, 2014 - 10:48 PM

UPDATED Kerry says he was frustrated at the apparent lack of concern by both South Sudan President Salva Kiir and ex vice president Riek Machar to stop the war

LACK OF CONCERN? US Secretary of State John Kerry echoes the concern of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on the 'lack of concern' by both South Sudan President Salva Kiir and ex-vice president Riek Machar to stop the war. File photo by Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

UN urges DR Congo to tackle impunity for rapes

Apr 10, 2014 - 9:07 AM

Sexual assaults in DR Congo are said to be vastly underreported by victims or hard to document with government tallies counting 15 352 cases in 2013 alone

Nigeria gets first visit from UN rights chief

Mar 13, 2014 - 6:54 AM

UN human rights commissioner Navi Pilay went to Nigeria for a 3 day visit trying to encourage the government to protect and promote basic freedoms

Sri Lanka slams UN rights chief over 'interference'

Feb 25, 2014 - 3:03 PM

Navi Pillay s recommendation to a UN Human Rights Council meeting in Geneva next month reflects bias and is tantamount to an unwarranted interference in the internal affairs of a sovereign state

BIASED? In this file photo, Navi Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, updates the Human Rights Council on the activities of her office, at the opening of the Council’s twenty-fourth regular session in Geneva, Switzerland, 9 September 2013. Jean-Marc Ferré/UN Photo

Same-sex ban 'legalizes' homophobic violence – gay Nigerians

Jan 15, 2014 - 2:57 PM

Nigeria s LGBT community: They the government have just legalized violence stigma and discrimination Our situation has gone from bad to worse

MARKET BLAST. Early reports suggested a car bomb or suicide bomber, though there was no immediate confirmation from authorities

Syria war crimes evidence implicates Assad – UN

Dec 02, 2013 - 11:05 PM

UPDATED The allegations came as Syrian rebels including jihadists captured the historic Christian town of Maalula north of Damascus

'WHY NOT RUN AGAIN?' Syrian President Bashar al-Assad speaking during a television interview with journalist Ghassan Bin Jeddo from Al Mayadeen TV in Damascus, Syria, 21 October 2013. EPA/SANA handout

Right to privacy must be UN priority – Brazil's Rousseff

Nov 03, 2013 - 9:26 AM

Rousseff: We consider that privacy on the Internet is part of human rights and its defense must receive priority treatment in UN discussions

INTERNET PRIVACY PRIORITY. In this file photo Dilma Rousseff, President of Brazil, addresses the general debate of the 68th session of the General Assembly, 24 September 2013, at the United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

Egypt braces for 'Friday of anger' after carnage

Aug 16, 2013 - 4:03 PM

Egyptian Islamists called for a Friday of anger after nearly 600 people were killed in a crackdown on Cairo protest camps

FRIDAY OF ANGER? An Egyptian man walks between lines of bodies wrapped in shrouds at a makeshift morgue in Cairo on August 15, 2013, following a crackdown on the protest camps of supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi the previous day. The day's violence was Egypt's worst in decades, exceeding even that seen during the 18-day uprising that ousted president Hosni Mubarak. AFP PHOTO / MAHMOUD KHALED

UN rights chief demands probe into Egypt crackdown

Aug 15, 2013 - 10:51 PM

UN rights chief Navi Pillay demanded a wide ranging probe into the bloody crackdown by Egyptian security forces on Muslim Brotherhood protesters

NoKor, Mali could stir up UN Human Rights Council

Feb 24, 2013 - 2:50 PM

Widespread abuses in North Korea and Mali are set to be the subject of heated debate at the 22nd session of the UN Human Rights Council which kicks off Monday

Navi Pillay, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, addresses the Security Council open debate on protection of civilians in armed conflict, 12 February 2013, at the United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

UN: More than 60,000 killed in Syria conflict

Jan 02, 2013 - 11:05 PM

The UN says the Syrian conflict killed over 60 000 people since the uprising began in 2011

Record backing expected for UN anti-death penalty vote

Dec 20, 2012 - 8:33 AM

A record number of countries are expected to back a UN General Assembly call for a moratorium on capital punishment on Thursday December 20 diplomats said

A view of the United Nations General Assembly during a session, December 14, 2012. UN photo / Ryan Brown

UN envoy in Myanmar amid Muslim crackdown concern

Jul 30, 2012 - 9:27 AM

UN Special Rapporteur Tomas Ojea Quintana flew into Myanmar for a visit set to include a trip to the restive Rakhine state as well as meetings with Myanmar s president and civil society

UN observers' attackers in Syria must be brought to justice

Jun 18, 2012 - 5:35 PM

Those responsible for attacks on UN observers in Syria must be brought to justice UN rights chief Navi Pillay said Monday June 18