Month: February 2018

United States: Planned execution of seriously ill man may amount to torture, warn UN experts

Two United Nations human rights experts have urged the Government of the United States to halt the execution a seriously ill person stressing that given his health condition, the use of lethal injection could possibly amount to torture. In a news release, Agnes Callamard, the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions; and Nils Melzer, […]

Ahead of Social Justice Day, UN agency calls for fair labour migration governance

Many migrant workers end up trapped in low-pay, unsafe and unhealthy jobs, the head of the United Nations labour agency warned Monday, calling for the adoption of fair labour migration governance frameworks at the global, regional and national levels. “Most migration today is linked, directly or indirectly, to the search for decent work opportunities,” said […]

More than 1,000 highly vulnerable refugees have been evacuated out of Libya since November by the UN refugee agency, which is searching for “durable solutions” for these people in third countries. The agency reported that the latest flights left the capital, Tripoli, this week, carrying 128 refugees to Niger on Tuesday while a second plane […]

At donor conference, UN chief launches two-year plan to fast-track Iraq reconstruction

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Wednesday launched a reconstruction programme for Iraq, urging the global community to support Iraqis as they embark on the journey to rebuild their country and make sure that it is committed to unity and inclusivity. “Reconstruction and development programmes must go hand-in-hand with a strategy to prevent the recurrence of violent […]

Both radio and sports can help people achieve their potential, says UN on World Radio Day

In an era of dramatic advances in communications, radio retains its power to entertain, educate, inform and inspire, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said, marking World Radio Day with a call to celebrate both radio and sports as ways of helping people achieve their potential. Radio is a powerful, low-cost communication tool that reaches the […]

Some four million Iraqi children in need says UNICEF, ahead of investment conference in Kuwait

About a quarter of all Iraqi children are living in poverty, and in the wake of more than four years of violence, families are being pushed to “extreme measures” in order to survive, said the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on Monday, as a major conference on rebuilding the country was set to open tomorrow […]