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Dozens killed and injured by new airstrikes in western Yemen, UN coordinator condemns ‘outrageous’ toll

Reports from Yemen’s Hajjah Governorate indicate that scores of civilians have been killed following airstrikes that hit residential areas over the past two days. Medical sources suggest that at least 22 have died, with more than 30 injured during the aerial bombardment. “We condemn these deaths and injuries unequivocally and we share our deep condolences […]

Without tackling ‘gross inequalities’ major issues will go unsolved, warns UN rights chief Bachelet

    Inequality continues to drive rights violations everywhere, but some countries have made significant progress in tackling the problem, not least in women’s rights, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said on Wednesday. In a more than half-hour address to the Human Rights Council, Michelle Bachelet highlighted concerns around the world, while also welcoming several firsts, […]

Air pollution, the ‘silent killer’ that claims seven million lives a year: rights council hears

  Shifting to renewable energy could save up to 150 million lives by the end of the century amid concerns that six billion people regularly inhale air “so polluted that it puts their life, health and well-being at risk”, a UN-appointed independent rights expert said on Monday. At the Human Rights Council in Geneva, David Boyd, Special Rapporteur […]

Laws must protect, ‘not reject’ says UNAIDS chief on Zero Discrimination Day

Discriminatory laws and practices that bar access to health and other services must be changed, the United Nations agency leading the fight against HIV/AIDS said on Friday, Zero Discrimination Day. While the dignity of every person is enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, “human rights violations are happening all over the world because of discriminatory laws and […]

Children are still dying in Yemen war, despite partial ceasefire, says UNICEF chief

Responding to the violent deaths of five children in the Yemeni port city of Hudaydah on Thursday, Henrietta Fore, Executive Director of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), said that Yemen’s civil war continues to take a “horrific toll” on children. In a statement released on Saturday, Ms. Fore said that “in Yemen, children can no longer safely […]