South Africa still hasn’t won LGBTQ+ equality. Here are 5 reasons why

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Rivonia Pillay, Civil Engineer Candidate, Department of Water and Sanitation of South Africa In the fight for LGBTQ+ rights on the African continent, South Africa leads the way for marriage equality and legal protection against discrimination. In fact […]

South Sudan: ‘Horrific acts’ by government may constitute ‘war crimes’ says UN, demanding justice

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Multiple killings and a campaign of sexual violence that may amount to war crimes have been documented by United Nations rights monitors in South Sudan’s Unity state, prompting a call for government and opposition forces to be held to account. The UN human rights […]

Act now to end violence, Zeid urges Nicaraguan authorities

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The Nicaraguan authorities should “take real steps” to prevent further loss of life in the country amid ongoing protests and violent repression by pro-Government “armed elements”, the UN’s top human rights official said on Thursday. Noting in a statement that “approximately 250 people, many […]

As many as 330,000 displaced by heavy fighting in south-west Syria – UN agency

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Intense air and ground-based strikes at multiple locations in Syria’s south-western Dara’a governorate has resulted in the “largest displacement” in the area since the conflict began more than seven years ago, the United Nations refugee agency has reported. A number of civilians are also […]

Palestinian Bedouin community faces demolition after Israeli court ruling, warns UN rights office

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. A Palestinian Bedouin community is under threat from a demolition order within days, to make way for Israeli settlement expansion, the UN human rights office, OHCHR, warned on Tuesday. Spokesperson Liz Throssell said that the imminent destruction of buildings used by Khan al Ahmar […]

Human rights chief calls for international probe on Venezuela, following ‘shocking accounts of extrajudicial killings’

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. In Venezuela, “credible, shocking accounts of extrajudicial killings” and impunity for perpetrators, indicate that the rule of law “is virtually absent”, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said on Friday, in a call for an international inquiry into the alleged violations. Zeid […]

UN rights chief calls for international inquiry into Kashmir violations

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Decades of rights violations on both sides of the Line of Control in Kashmir have “claimed or ruined numerous lives” and should be the subject of a high-level international probe, the UN’s human rights chief said on Thursday. Flagging the launch of the first […]

Teenage girl’s death sentence spotlights Sudan’s failure to tackle forced marriage, gender-based violence – UN rights office

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The case of Noura Hussein Hammad Daoud, a Sudanese teenager convicted of fatally stabbing the man she was forced to marry, after he had allegedly raped her, highlights the country’s failure to tackle the tragedy of early and forced marriage, marital rape and other […]