As the Universal Declaration of Human Rights turns 70 – is it time for a new approach?

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Barbara von Ow-Freytag, Journalist, political scientist and adviser, Prague Civil Society Centre As the Universal Declaration of Human Rights turns 70, a new generation of human rights activists are reinventing themselves to fight for old rights amid a […]

Saudi Arabia: UN experts push for prompt release of women human rights defenders

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. A ban on women driving in Saudi Arabia may have officially ended at the weekend, but on Wednesday, nine United Nations experts called for the immediate release of a number of women’s rights defenders who were imprisoned following a government crackdown which began in […]

Women’s rights face global pushback from conservativism, fundamentalism – UN experts warn

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Women’s rights are under threat from a “backlash” of conservatism and fundamentalism around the world, a United Nation panel warned on Friday. “Alarming pushbacks have been progressing across regions of the globe”, through what the Working Group on Discrimination against Women in Law and […]

US migrant children policy reversal, still ‘fails’ thousands of detained youngsters: UN rights experts

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The United States government decision to end its border policy of forcibly separating migrant children from their parents, does not help thousands of youngsters already in detention, who should be released and reunited with their families, a group of UN rights experts said on […]

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 […]

Replacement for United States on Human Rights Council to be elected ‘as soon as possible’

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. International reaction to the United States decision to withdraw from the UN Human Rights Council continued on Wednesday with the President of the Geneva-based assembly confirming that the election of a new Member State would take place “as soon as possible” to fill the […]

UN Human Rights Council resolution on youth and human rights: a step forward for youth rights

UN Human Rights Council resolution on youth and human rights : a step forward for youth rights Yesterday (30th June) the Human Rights Council of the United Nations adopted a resolution on Youth and Human Rights, which emphasises the importance of young people’s political participation and calls for a panel on youth and human rights in […]