In growing influence, India elected to four international bodies

The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) has elected India by acclamation to four international bodies recognising its growing global contributions and influence.

World must support Boko Haram fight, UN rights council hears

The international community must step up to support countries facing attacks by Boko Haram militants, accused of a litany of atrocities, African nations told the UN Human Rights Council Wednesday.

UN slams N Korea for `systematic` abductions of foreigners

The UN Human Rights Council on Friday harshly criticised North Korea for the "systematic abduction" of foreigners, after a UN investigation found the country had snatched up to 200,000 foreign nationals.

UN expert demands international action on N Korea abductions

A United Nations rights expert squared off with North Korea on Monday, urging the global community to resolve the fate of 200,000 people allegedly abducted by Pyongyang, and to refer perpetrators to the International Criminal Court.

UN expert calls for int'l pressure on N Korea over abductions

A UN human rights investigator has called for sustained international action to put pressure on North Korea as part of a multi-pronged strategy to know the fate of hundreds of foreign nationals allegedly abducted by it over several decades.

West needs 'soul-searching' on home-grown extremists: Iran

Western democracies should ask themselves some tough questions about why they have produced some of the extremists wreaking havoc in the world, Iran's foreign minister said today.

Sri Lanka war crime report deferred by six month

 The UN Human Rights Council has delayed by six months the release of a report into alleged war crimes committed during Sri Lanka's civil war, following request by the country's newly-elected government for more time to conclude its internal probe.

Withdraw proposal to send Tamil refugees back to Sri Lanka: MDMK

Erstwhile NDA ally MDMK on Sunday urged the Centre not to go ahead with the proposal for sending back Sri Lankan Tamil refugees to their country, claiming that the move is aimed at preventing action against the island nation government in the UN Human Rights Council.

N Korea asks top UN rights body to probe CIA torture

North Korea on Thursday urged the UN Human Rights Council to discuss CIA torture revelations and set up an independent investigation.

Israel's military opens eight new probes into its Gaza war conduct

Israel`s military said it had opened eight new criminal investigations into its Gaza war operations, including cases involving the deaths of 30 Palestinians.

'India's re-election to UNHRC is endorsement of its position'

India's re-election on Tuesday to a second term on the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) is an overwhelming endorsement of the country's position on human rights and its pledge to the United Nations, according to Indian Ambassador Asoke Kumar Mukerji.

Prime Minister Modi expresses joy over India's re-election to UNHRC

 Prime Minister Narendra Modi tonight expressed happiness over India's re-election to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC).

India wins re-election to UN Human Rights Council

India on Tuesday got re-elected to the UN's main human rights body for the period of 2015-17.

UN 'deeply concerned' over Maldives crackdown

The United Nations on Friday voiced "deep concern" over a crackdown by the Maldivian Supreme Court on the country's independent rights watchdog for cooperating with the UN Human Rights Council.

Lanka wins backing of 22 nations against UN rights probe

 Sri Lanka has won the backing of 22 nations, including China and Pakistan, in its effort to block a UN war crimes probe into the country's human rights record during its brutal war with the Tamil Tigers.

India to seek re-election to UNHRC next month

India will seek re-election to the UN's main human rights body for a second consecutive term in a vote to be held next month.

Loss of life in Sri Lanka conflict could have been averted: US

The US has said that several lives could have been saved had the global community acted earlier and more appropriately to situations in some troubled nations like Sri Lanka, which is accused of human rights abuses during its military campaign against the LTTE.

Sri Lanka hasn't asked for help for its reconciliation bureau: UN spokesman

 Sri Lanka has not asked the UN for help for the Special Bureau of Reconciliation it is setting up to deal with the legacy of the civil war that ravaged the island nation, a UN spokesman said Thursday.

Jihadists want to create `house of blood`: New UN rights chief

The jihadist militants who have seized large swaths of Iraq and Syria are intent upon creating "a house of blood", the UN`s new human rights chief said Monday.

Japanese PM Shinzo Abe on Sri Lanka visit

Shinzo Abe arrived here today as the first Japanese Prime Minister to visit Sri Lanka in 24 years, aiming to boost trade and counter China's rising influence in South Asia.