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Jordanian is new UN human rights chief

Last Updated: Tuesday, June 17, 2014, 11:44

The UN General Assembly has approved the nomination of Jordan`s UN ambassador, Prince Zeid Ra`ad Zeid al-Hussein, as the new UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, a media report said Tuesday.

Sri Lanka urged to go for international investigation

Last Updated: Tuesday, May 20, 2014, 20:14

The Sri Lankan government should comply with the March 2014 UN Human Rights Council resolution creating an international investigation into allegations of serious abuses by both sides during the civil war, Human Rights Watch said Tuesday.

Sri Lanka hires Pak lawyer for UN rights probe

Last Updated: Monday, May 19, 2014, 00:28

Faced with an impending UN inquiry, the Sri Lankan government has hired a prominent Pakistani lawyer to defend itself over its human rights record and alleged war crimes, a media report said here on Sunday.

UN rights office alarmed by surging Ukraine violence

Last Updated: Tuesday, May 06, 2014, 16:34

The UN human rights office on Tuesday condemned the surging violence in Ukraine, calling on all involved to try to defuse tensions.

UN diplomats urge North Korea to end rights abuses

Last Updated: Friday, May 02, 2014, 02:46

North Korea must act immediately to halt a litany of abuses and crimes against humanity, diplomats said today during a UN review of the isolated Asian nation`s rights record.

9,000 child soldiers fighting in South Sudan war, UN says

Last Updated: Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 16:21

Over 9,000 children have been recruited as soldiers in South Sudan`s brutal four-month long civil war by both government and rebel forces, the UN`s human rights chief said Wednesday.

North Korea rejects UN resolution on human rights

Last Updated: Monday, March 31, 2014, 14:47

North Korea Monday rejected a UN resolution condemning human rights violations in the country.

Iran exiles demand end to Iraq `blockade`

Last Updated: Friday, March 14, 2014, 22:58

An exiled Iranian opposition group on Friday urged the international community to help lift the "blockade" of a refugee camp near Baghdad and called for an investigation into killings at a second camp.

Sri Lanka to rely on NAM nations at UNHRC

Last Updated: Friday, March 14, 2014, 12:30

Sri Lanka has sought the support of Non Aligned Movement nations to ward off the US-sponsored rights resolution against it at the next UN Human Rights Council meet in Geneva.

India for `much more progress` in reconciliation in Sri Lanka

Last Updated: Monday, March 03, 2014, 16:40

India on Monday made it clear that it looks for "much more progress" in the reconciliation process in Sri Lanka while being non-committal on how it will vote at the UN Human Rights Council on a resolution on the country`s alleged rights abuses during the war with Tamil Tiger rebels.

Lanka says ready for resolution as UNHRC session begins

Last Updated: Monday, March 03, 2014, 16:35

Sri Lanka on Monday said it is well prepared and confident of success at the UNHRC session where the country faces a resolution moved by the US on its human rights record this month.

Rajapaksa says Lanka must not face UN rights resolution

Last Updated: Friday, February 28, 2014, 23:15

President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Friday said that Sri Lanka should not face a UN Human Rights Council resolution, as he accused the US of bullying his country.