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UN warns against settlements in occupied territories

01 November, 2013

New York, Oct 31 (RDI IBNS): An independent United Nations human rights expert Wednesday warned that financial institutions and real estate companies involved with housing settlements in occupied Palestinian territory - which are considered illegal under international law - may be held criminally accountable.
UN concerned over report on adolescent pregnancy

01 November, 2013

New York, Oct 31 (RDI IBNS): A United Nations report released Wednesday spotlights the high rates of teenage pregnancies in developing countries - 7.3 million every year - and calls on Governments to help girls achieve their full potential through education and adequate health services.
Human rights defenders being branded anti-government: UN

31 October, 2013

New York, Oct 30 (RDI IBNS): Human rights defenders who oppose large-scale development projects are increasingly being branded as 'anti-government' or 'enemies of the State,' a United Nations independent expert warned Tuesday.
UN urges action to prevent violations of indigenous rights

31 October, 2013

New York, Oct 30 (RDI IBNS): States and corporations need to do more to prevent the violation of indigenous peoples' rights as a result of business-related activities, a United Nations independent expert body has said.
UN deplores harmful practices against women by religion

31 October, 2013

New York, Oct 30 (RDI IBNS): Harmful practices inflicted on women and girls can never be justified in the name of freedom of religion or belief, an independent United Nations human rights expert told a General Assembly committee dealing with social, humanitarian and cultural issues Tuesday.
UN to address global migration issues

28 October, 2013

New York, Oct 26 (RDI IBNS): Urging enhanced global migration governance, the United Nations independent expert on the human rights of migrants called Friday for the establishment of a single, rights-based international body, preferably within the UN system, to comprehensively tackle the myriad aspects of the phenomenon.
Political participation helps narrow gender gap

26 October, 2013

Geneva, Switzerland, Oct 25 (RDI IBNS) The world's gender gaps narrowed slightly in 2013 on the back of definite if not universal improvements in economic equality and political participation between the sexes, according to the Global Gender Gap Report 2013, which is published on Friday.
Women's unpaid work major human rights issue: UN

26 October, 2013

New York, Oct 25 (RDI IBNS): Cooking, cleaning and caring for children and the elderly should be a social and collective responsibility, rather than fall entirely on women's shoulders, a United Nations independent expert has said, warning that unpaid care that is not shared ingrains poverty and social exclusion for women.
UN adopts landmark text on women and conflict

25 October, 2013

New York, Oct 24 (RDI IBNS): A key United Nations human rights body has provided authoritative guidance to countries that have ratified the women's rights convention on measures they need to take to ensure women's rights are protected before, during and after conflict.
UN urges review of standards for treatment of prisoners

24 October, 2013

New York, Oct 23 (RDI IBNS): United Nations human rights experts Tuesday urged a review of the universally accepted global principles and practices for the treatment of prisoners and management of penitentiary institutions, particularly decrying the use of solitary confinement.
UN urges greater focus on women's rights for indigenous peoples

24 October, 2013

New York, Oct 23 (RDI IBNS): While there have been encouraging responses to human rights concerns of indigenous peoples and to helping States and other stakeholders address them, the realities for indigenous groups remain a concern, a United Nations expert has noted.
Citing freedom of expression, UN calls for release of Qatari poet

24 October, 2013

New York, Oct 23 (RDI IBNS): The United Nations human rights office Tuesday called for the immediate release of a well-known Qatari poet who it says was harshly sentenced for a poem considered to be encouraging the overthrow of the ruling system of the country.
CRY meets Karnataka State Commission for child education

23 October, 2013

Bangalore, Oct 22 (RDI IBNS): Non-profit organization (NGO) CRY-Child Rights and You on Tuesday submitted a Dossier on the state of education in Karnataka to the Chairperson of the Karnataka State Commission for the Protection of Child Rights Education, H.R. Umesh Aradhya.
I am not afraid of Taliban: Malala

22 October, 2013

New Delhi, Oct 21 (RDI IBNS): Despite fresh threats to her life, Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai has said she is not afraid of the Taliban.
UN calls for global action to fight human trafficking

21 October, 2013

New York, Oct 19 (RDI IBNS): A United Nations independent expert, along with two other key human rights mechanisms Friday stressed the importance of partnerships as the "backbone" of global efforts to tackle the scourge of human trafficking.
UN urges countries to end use of lead paint

21 October, 2013

New York, Oct 20 (RDI IBNS): Countries should strengthen national actions to eliminate lead paint, a major source of potential poisoning for young children which causes some 600,000 new cases of intellectual disabilities each year, the United Nations health agency said Friday ahead of a week of activities aimed at raising awareness about this key health concern.
UN highlights safety of persons with disabilities during disasters

15 October, 2013

New York, Oct 14 (RDI IBNS): Marking the International Day for Disaster Reduction, the United Nations on Sunday called on countries to ensure the safety of persons with disabilities by including them in their planning and preparedness measures.
Malala meets Barack Obama

13 October, 2013

Washington, Oct 12 (RDI IBNS): Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai met US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama in the Oval Office on Friday.
Bhopal survivors blame ICMR of publishing concocted data

12 October, 2013

New Delhi, Oct 11 (RDI IBNS): Five organizations working for the welfare of the survivors of the Bhopal gas disaster on Friday condemned the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) for not fulfilling its promises of carrying out beneficial medical research on the health condition of the survivors.
UN seeks urgent action to eradicate child labour

10 October, 2013

New York, Oct 9 (RDI IBNS): A United Nations senior official on Tuesday warned that if countries do not step up their efforts, they would fall short of reaching the agreed target of eradicating child labour 2016.

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