Syria: UN rights chief rebukes Security Council inaction

In her last address to the Security Council, the UN human rights chief sharply criticized the body for its ineffectiveness on Syria and other intractable conflicts, saying its members have often put national interests ahead of stopping mass atrocities.

Japan comfort women issue still causing violations: UNHCR

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCR) Navi Pillay Wednesday expressed regret that Japan has failed to pursue a comprehensive, impartial, and lasting resolution of the wartime sexual slavery issue.

Egypt death penalties "obscene", wrong to jail Jazeera trio - UN

United Nations human rights chief Navi Pillay said on Monday that Egypt`s death penalty convictions and mass trials are "obscene and a complete travesty of justice".

Jordanian diplomat tapped to be new UN rights chief

Jordan`s ambassador to the United Nations has been nominated as UN high commissioner for human rights, to replace South Africa`s outgoing Navi Pillay, Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said Friday.

Tiananmen anniversary: China blasts UNHRC chief, US

China today rejected as "strong interference" the calls by UNHRC chief Navi Pillay and the US to release the truth behind the Tiananmen crackdown on this day 25 years ago and asked them to stop making "irresponsible remarks" on its internal affairs.

UN rights chief slams `rampant` torture in Syria

The UN`s top human rights official has condemned the "rampant use of torture" in detention facilities in Syria.

South Sudan court frees four top leaders accused of `rebellion`

South Sudan has released four top leaders accused of rebellion and treason, dropping charges of attempting to overthrow the government in a move aimed at ending a four-month-old civil war.

UNHR chief condemns `routine` torture in Syria detention facilities

The United Nation`s human rights chief has condemned the `routine` use of torture in detention facilities in Syria.

UN rights chief slams `rampant` torture in Syria

The UN`s top human rights official has condemned the "rampant use of torture" in detention facilities in Syria.

Central Africa hatred at `terrifying level`: UN rights chief

The UN`s rights chief on Thursday expressed horror at the level of violence in the Central African Republic, citing cannibalism, child decapitations and gruesome lynchings.

UN rights chief slams Nigeria ban on gay marriage

The UN rights chief, Navi Pillay, has said Nigeria`s recent ban on same-sex marriage violated human rights and the nation`s constitution.

UN officials reiterate call for political solution in Syria

As the conflict in Syria enters its fourth year, UN officials have again stressed the need for a political solution to end the crisis.

Sri Lanka accuses UN human rights chief of bias

Sri Lanka Tuesday accused UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay of bias after she made public a report calling for an international investigation in the country of the post-civil war scenario.

UN rights chief asks global community to refer North Korea to ICC

The top UN human rights official has asked global leaders to refer North Korea to the International Criminal Court following a report documenting crimes against humanity in the country.
United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said the international community has paid "insufficient attention" to human rights violations of an "unimaginable scale" which have been ongoing in North Korea.

UN rights chief urges Myanmar to probe sectarian killings

UN human rights chief Navi Pillay urged Myanmar on Thursday to investigate reports that more than 40 people had been killed in attacks on Rohingya Muslims in the country`s strife-torn Rakhine state.

Syria war crimes evidence implicates Assad: UN

Evidence has been uncovered in Syria that implicates President Bashar al-Assad and members of his entourage, in war crimes and crimes against humanity, UN human rights chief Navi Pillay said.

UN rights chief condemns `shocking` Bangladesh poll unrest

United Nations rights chief Navi Pillay on Sunday said she was deeply worried by the "shocking" pre-election violence rocking Bangladesh before the January 5 polls.

Don`t let Sri Lanka lead Commonwealth: HRW

Commonwealth foreign ministers should not award Sri Lanka the two-year chairmanship of the Commonwealth after it hosts the Commonwealth summit in November, Human Rights Watch said on Wednesday.

Sri Lanka rejects UN commissioner`s call for international probe

Sri Lanka rejected UN rights chief Navi Pillay`s call for international probe if it fails to show clear progress by next March in probing war crimes during three-decade long conflict with LTTE.

UN`s Pillay warns Lanka for reprisals against rights defenders

Days after visit to Sri Lanka, UN human rights chief Navi Pillay on Monday put the country on notice against reprisals targeting human rights defenders, journalists and communities whom she had met.