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  • New UN rights chief: Syria, Iraq is first priority 1 week ago

    Geneva: The Jordanian prince taking the helm of the UN's human rights office urged the world on Monday to set as its first priority bringing a halt to the gruesome and conjoined conflicts in Iraq and Syria. Newly appointed UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid al-Hussein, in his first speech...
  • India votes in support of UNHRC resolution on Gaza July 24, 2014

    Geneva: India along with BRICS countries on Wednesday voted in support of a UN Human Rights Council resolution to launch a probe into Israel's offensive on Gaza. India joined Brazil, Russia, China and South Africa to vote for a Palestinian-drafted resolution on "Ensuring Respect for international law in The Occupied...
  • Sri Lanka: Mahinda Rajpaksa heads to Bolivia for G77 summit June 12, 2014

    Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on headed towards Bolivia to attend a G77 summit, at a time when the parliament is set to discuss the impending international probe on alleged human rights violations during the last phase of the conflict with the LTTE. The G77 meeting is to be held...
  • Sri Lankan government is becoming "increasingly authoritarian", says UN human rights chief August 31, 2013

    UN human rights chief Navi Pillay, on Saturday, criticised the Sri Lankan government, saying the country is becoming "increasingly authoritarian" despite the end of a civil war four years ago. In a hard-hitting statement at the end of a week-long visit to assess the human rights situation in Sri Lanka, Pillay...
  • UN rights chief calls for closure of Guantanamo prison April 6, 2013

    Geneva: The UN human rights chief called on the United States on Friday to close down the Guantanamo prison camp, saying the indefinite imprisonment of many detainees without charge or trial violated international law. Navi Pillay said the hunger strike being staged by some inmates at the Guantanamo Bay US Naval...
  • Sri Lanka accuses US of human rights violations March 11, 2013

    Colombo: Days before a US-sponsored resolution will be taken up against Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council, Colombo accused Washington of committing human rights abuses. Cabinet Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena Monday said that there were reports that the US had killed civilians during its military operations in Afghanistan. He noted...
  • India likely to vote against Sri Lanka at UNHRC: Sources March 5, 2013

    New Delhi: India is likely to vote against Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council later in March, sources said on Tuesday. The US-sponsored resolution is like to be "procedural" and will not be "intrusive remedy", the sources added. Experts say that the reason why India may vote against its...
  • Syrian rebels fight close to heart of Damascus February 7, 2013

    Amman: Syrian rebels battled President Bashar al Assad's forces on the edge of central Damascus on Wednesday, opposition activists said, seeking to break his grip over districts leading to the heart of the capital. Their offensive aims to break a stalemate in the city of 2 million people, where artillery and...
  • Manual scavenging shameful: Jairam Ramesh December 10, 2012

    New Delhi: Manual scavenging is one of the "most shameful practices" and the government is committed to bring a law to address the menace, Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh said on Monday. Inaugurating a photo exhibition on UN Human Rights Day at British Council here, he said "around three lakh...
  • Syrian air raid kills 30 in rebel-held town: doctor August 16, 2012

    Azaz: A Syrian air raid killed 30 people in the rebel-held northern border town of Azaz on Wednesday, a local doctor said, and a bomb went off near UN and military sites in the capital Damascus, wounding three. The doctor, Mohammad Lakhini, said at a hospital in Azaz that scores of...
  • 'Rape, assault are weapons of war in Syria' July 12, 2012

    Washington: Government forces in Syria are targeting women for rape and assault as the conflict between President Bashar al Assad and anti-government forces continues to escalate, according to a report released by a human rights group on Wednesday. Women Under Siege said it had documented 81 instances of sexual assault in...
  • Syrian forces face prosecution for Houla: UN June 2, 2012

    Geneva: Syrian forces and pro-government militia accused of committing a massacre in Houla could face prosecution for crimes against humanity, the United Nations said on Friday and rights experts said Syrian authorities had directly ordered torture. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay called again for the Security Council to...
  • India's vote at UN not good for Lanka: Chandrika April 10, 2012

    Former Sri Lankan president Chandrika Kumaratunga on Tuesday said that India's decision to vote against the country on a UN resolution is not good for the island nation. Speaking exclusively to CNN-IBN's Senior Editor Suhasini Haidar, Kumaratunga said something "serious must have happened" that India took a decision of not supporting...
  • 'Lanka has proud record of safeguarding human rights' April 1, 2012

    Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has said that he did not want lessons on human rights from outside; days after the UN Human Rights Council adopted a US-sponsored resolution censuring Colombo. Addressing a public gathering in the central town of Balangoda, Rajapaksa on Saturday said Sri Lanka's human rights...
  • India must support US stand on Lanka: Jaya March 1, 2012

    Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on Wednesday said India should strongly support the US-backed resolution and condemn Colombo on alleged violation of human rights in the final stages of the civil war in Sri Lanka when the issue comes up before the UN Human Rights Council. In a letter to...
  • US slams Syria over UN rights meeting walkout February 29, 2012

    Geneva: The United States criticised Syria's envoy for storming out of an emergency UN meeting on the crisis in his country on Tuesday, saying the walkout and a fiery speech that preceded it demonstrated the "delusional" nature of President Bashar al Assad's regime. Syria's ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva,...
  • Lanka govt releases video of LTTE's atrocities February 8, 2012

    Colombo, Facing an onslaught from the international community for alleged war crimes, the Sri Lankan government released a video on Wednesday which they claimed carries "authentic evidence" of LTTE's atrocities during the last phase of the military assault. The video captioned "Ruthless" claims to have recorded eye witness accounts of LTTE's...
  • Gaddafi's burial delayed for investigation October 21, 2011

    Tripoli: The burial of slain leader Muammar Gaddafi has been delayed until the circumstances of his death can be further examined and a decision is made about where to bury the body, Libyan officials said on Friday, as the UN human rights office called for an investigation into his death. The...
  • Libya: UN accuses both sides of war crimes June 2, 2011

    United Nations: A UN panel investigating the conflict in Libya has accused both Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's regime and opposition forces of committing war crimes and crimes against humanity in their 15-week fight. Libyan government forces that are pitted against pro-democracy activists who have committed war crimes and crimes against humanity,...
  • India elected to 47-nation UNHR council May 20, 2011

    United Nations: India and 14 other countries were on Friday elected to the 47-nation UN Human Rights Council, which is based in Geneva. India was not in competition for the seat since there were four countries and four seats for the Asia block. With 189 countries voting, Indonesia received 184 votes, Philippines...
  • UN rights forum to hold urgent session on Syria April 27, 2011

    Geneva: The UN Human Rights Council will hold an emergency session on the deteriorating situation in Syria on Friday, after enough states backed a US request, the United Nations said on Wednesday. The US request to convene a special session of the 47-member Geneva forum was endorsed by 16 member states...
  • Sri Lanka to deny entry to UN human rights panel June 24, 2010

    Colombo: The Sri Lankan government on Thursday declared that it would refuse visas for UN panel members appointed to investigate alleged human rights abuses during the civil war against Tamil rebels. "We will not allow them to enter Sri Lanka," External Affairs Minister GL Peiris told a news conference. The three-member panel...