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Had guts to dismiss UN demand for foreign judges: Lankan Prez

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has said he had the guts to dismiss a UN demand seeking foreign judges to probe the alleged war crimes committed during the conflict with the LTTE.

China condemns invite to Dalai Lama for rights event

China condemns invite to Dalai Lama for rights event

China has condemned an invitation to the Dalai Lama to attend an event on the sidelines of an ongoing UN human rights meeting, the media reported on Saturday.

UN expert calls for international pressure on North Korea over abductions

A UN human rights investigator on Monday recommended that international pressure be put on North Korea as part of a multi-pronged strategy to know the fate of hundreds of foreign nationals allegedly abducted by it.

Tanzania must halt violence against albinos: UN rights chief

The UN human rights chief harshly condemned Thursday the murder and mutilation of an albino toddler in Tanzania, demanding authorities protect albinos, whose body parts are used for witchcraft in the country.

Gaza war probe head quits after Israel accuses him of bias: UN

The head of a UN inquiry into the 50-day war in Gaza last year has resigned after Israel accused him of a "conflict of interest", the UN said on Tuesday.

Rebels kill 26 in DRC machete attack as UN chief told to leave

Rebels killed 26 people with machetes in an attack in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo as the authorities in Kinshasa demanded the recall on Thursday of the top UN human rights official in the country.

Lanka hopes for better relations with new UN human rights boss

Sri Lanka on Monday today said it hoped the new UNHRC chief will carry out his duties in a "more balanced" manner after the country had an uneasy relationship with his predecessor Navi Pillay.

Sri Lanka urged to go for international investigation

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.

UN human rights envoy visits Myanmar

UN human rights envoy Tomas Ojea Quintana arrived in Yangon Thursday on an eight-day visit to Myanmar to assess the current situation in the country, official sources said.

UN experts `seriously` concerned about Yemen drone strikes

UN human rights experts on Thursday expressed "serious concern" about lethal drone attacks allegedly conducted by US forces in Yemen, that resulted in civilian casualties this month.

UN panel asks POSCO to halt $12-bn Odisha project

In another jolt to South Korean steel giant POSCO, a UN Human Rights panel on Tuesday asked it to immediately halt the USD 12-billion mega port-to-steel plant project in Odisha alleging possible displacement of thousands of people and disruption in their livelihoods.

UN human rights probe exposes `atrocities` on prisoners in N Korea

A United Nations probe has highlighted `unspeakable atrocities` being inflicted on political camp prisoners in North Korea.

Iran rejects visit request of UN human rights monitor

Iran said that it had rejected fresh requests by Ahmed Shaheed, the UN`s monitor for human rights in the Islamic republic, to assess the situation on the ground.

UN human rights, Sri Lanka

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay arrived in Sri Lanka Sunday on a week-long visit during which she will study the post war situation in the country.

Iran dismisses UN human rights report: Spokesman

The Iranian government dismissed a recent report by the UN special investigator on human rights in Iran, local media reported on Sunday.

UN sending human rights team to assess Bahrain

The UN human rights office says it is sending four staff to Bahrain next month to assess progress toward its promised political and security reforms.

UN human rights report `politically motivated`: Iran

Iran has rubbished a recent UN report on human rights situation in the country as "politically motivated," "biased" and without any legal basis.

Israel weighs ban on UN human rights council probe

Israel accuses the council of having a pronounced
anti-Israel bias because of its disproportionate focus on
Israeli policy and actions toward the Palestinians.

Syria death toll now exceeds 5,000: UN

More than 5,000 people have been killed in nine months of unrest in Syria, the UN human rights chief has said.

UN rights office urges probe into Gaddafi death

Ousted Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi was captured alive by rebel forces in his hometown of Sirte.