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Brazil must implement measures against torture: UN expert

16 August, 2015

New York, Aug 15 (RDI IBNS): A United Nations human rights expert on Friday called on Brazilian Federal and State authorities to urgently address the issue of prison overcrowding in the country and show genuine commitment to implement measures against torture.
Economic ‘slowdown’ predicted for Latin America and Caribbean in 2015: UN forum

30 July, 2015

New York, Jul 30 (RDI IBNS): Panama will lead Latin America and the Caribbean countries in economic growth that will average 0.5 per cent in 2015, according to United Nations projections released on Wednesday, which not that to reverse the region’s economic slowdown, more investments are needed to boost growth and improve productivity.
UN experts denounce televised reprisals against human rights defenders in Venezuela

24 July, 2015

New York, July 24 (RDI IBNS) In retaliation for their activities in Venezuela and cooperation with United Nations and regional human rights bodies, a group of UN and Inter-American rights experts has underscored their condemnation at attempts by Venezuela’s State-controlled television to discredit and intimidate rights activists.
Colombia: UN chief concerned about uptick in fighting, urges continued peace talks

26 June, 2015

New York, June 26 (RDI IBNS) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed concern over the current upsurge in fighting in Colombia in a reversal of recent attempts to de-escalate the country’s long-standing armed conflict, the United Nations spokesperson’s office has reported.
Colombia’s peace talks at risk amid renewed clashes: UN refugee agency chief

12 June, 2015

New York, Jun 12 (RDI IBNS): Concerned at the recent armed clashes amid the ongoing peace talks on Colombia, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, António Guterres, on Thursday said these incidents have the potential to “derail” a long sought peace process, increasing risks for the civilian population.
Paraguay: UN deplores Government’s failure to protect 10-yr-old rape survivor

12 May, 2015

New York, May 12 (RDI IBNS): The Government of Paraguay has failed in its responsibility to protect a 10-year old sexual abuse survivor and provide her with critical and timely treatments, including a “safe and therapeutic” abortion, a group of United Nations experts said on Monday.
Brazilian surfer shot dead

22 January, 2015

Rio de Janeiro, Jan 21 (RDI IBNS): Brazilian surfer Ricardo dos Santos has been shot dead outside his home close to Florianopolis city, media reports said.
UN-backed project to help Colombian farmers move away from illicit crops towards fair trade chocolate

19 December, 2014

New York, Dec 18 (RDI IBNS) A sweet new partnership between the United Nations, the Colombian and Austrian Governments and a renowned chocolate manufacturer is slated to bring free-trade practices and a critical source of income to Colombian farmers who have long relied on revenues from illicit drug crops, the Organization’s Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has announced.
In Peru, Ban commends development advances, says challenges remain

14 December, 2014

New York, Dec 13 (RDI IBNS) Addressing the Congress of Peru on Friday, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that despite impressive development achievements, big challenges remain – to address inequality and insecurity, deepen democracy, improve the quality of education, and protect the rights of all people regardless of gender, ethnicity, culture, religion or sexual orientation.
Latin America, Caribbean job market faces 'scenario of uncertainty' in 2015-UN report

14 December, 2014

New York, Dec 13 (RDI IBNS) An “unusual pattern” has been detected in this year’s urban employment rate in Latin America and the Caribbean, which continued to fall despite warning signs of economic slowdown, said a new report released by the United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO) on Friday.
Paraguay: UN expert concerned over indigenous peoples' rights to land, resources

03 December, 2014

New York, Dec 2 (RDI IBNS) The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples identified a number of ongoing challenges remaining in Paraguay as she ended an eight-day official visit to the country on Friday.
Gunman attacks Florida State University campus, police shot him dead

21 November, 2014

Tallahassee (Florida), Nov 20 (RDI IBNS): Police shot dead an unidentified gunman at the Florida State University campus library early Thursday (Wednesday evening US time) in an encounter that left three others wounded, media reported.
Mexico: UN rights office notes 'deep concerns' over case of missing students

16 November, 2014

New York, Nov 15 (RDI IBNS) The United Nations Human Rights Office (OHCHR) on Fridaycautioned against jumping to conclusions regarding the “complex and ongoing” investigation into the disappearance of 43 students in Mexico, amid reports that a number badly burned bodies have been recovered from sites in Guerrero state.
In Uruguay, UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson urges women's political participation

20 September, 2014

New York, Sept 19 (RDI IBNS) On her first country visit as UN Women's Goodwill Ambassador, acclaimed British actor Emma Watson in Uruguay highlighted the need for women's political participation as the country gears up for elections with a first-ever national quota law guaranteeing 30 per cent women’s representation.
Colombian women's network receives annual UN refugee award

14 September, 2014

New York, Sept 13 (RDI IBNS) A Colombian women's rights group, whose members put their lives on the line to assist survivors of forced displacement and sexual abuse, is this year's winner of a prestigious award presented by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
Brazilian Presidential candidate Eduardo Campos dies in plane crash

14 August, 2014

Santos, Aig 13 (RDI IBNS): Brazilian Presidential candidate Eduardo Campos was killed in a plane crash in Santos city on Wednesday, media reports said.
Following Argentina 'Grandmother' reunion, UN experts urge support for families of disappeared

13 August, 2014

New York, Aug 12 (RDI IBNS): A group of United Nations human rights experts on Monday urged Governments around the world to fully support the families of disappeared people and organizations working on their behalf in the search for their loved ones.
UNESCO chief denounces killing of Mexican journalist, urges investigation

06 August, 2014

New York, Aug 5 (RDI IBNS) The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom on Monday denounced the killing of a Mexican television journalist in his hometown of Guadalupe, in the north-central part of the country.
Ban congratulates Colombians on presidential vote

18 June, 2014

New York, Jun 17 (RDI IBNS): Following confirmation that President Juan Manuel Santos has been re-elected, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday said he looks forward to continuing to work with his Government in "efforts to promote peace, human rights and development" for all Colombians.
UN seeks support for Colombians affected by conflict

06 June, 2014

New York, Jun 5 (RDI IBNS): Thousands of people are forcibly displaced and hundreds killed every month in Colombia, a senior United Nations humanitarian official on Wednesday said, calling for more support for people affected by five decades of armed conflict and natural disasters in the country.

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