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Syria: opposition and goverment forces both carrying out crimes reports UN

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GENEVA (AP) – Syrian government forces and anti-government armed groups are both carrying out unlawful killings, torturing opponents and abusing children in the 15-month-old uprising, a U.N.-appointed panel of human rights experts said Thursday, though it underlined that security forces are still responsible for the largest share of the violence. The findings by the Independent [...]

Sri Lanka: Tamil lawmakers ask UN to investigate wartime abuses

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COLOMBO, Sri Lanka – Ethnic Tamil lawmakers in Sri Lanka asked the United Nations Human Rights Council on Thursday to press the government to investigate alleged wartime abuses and share power with the ethnic minority to prevent the country sliding back into violence. Sri Lanka’s civil war ended in 2009 with government troops crushing the [...]

Somali famine downgraded

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NAIROBI, Kenya – The United Nations said Friday that conditions in Somalia have improved enough to downgrade the country’s famine, but the world body’s Food and Agricultural Organization warned that continued assistance is needed to stop the region from slipping back. The world body moved the crisis from the top step of a five-point scale, [...]

Case of jailed Chinese lawyer disturbing says UN

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GENEVA – The U.N. human rights office says the case of a prominent lawyer jailed in China points to a disturbing trend of detentions and disappearances involving human rights activists. Rupert Colville, a spokesman for the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, says China’s responses to U.N. queries about lawyer Gao Zhisheng in the 20 [...]

All Gay executions should end says UN report

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GENEVA – The U.N.’s top human rights official has urged countries to abolish legal discrimination against gays, including the death penalty for consensual sex. The U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights says governments should also outlaw all forms of abuse based on sexual orientation. Navi Pillay’s appeal came in a report released Thursday to the [...]

Degrading land resources put world needs at risk

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ROME – The United Nations has completed the first-ever global assessment of the state of the planet’s land resources, finding in a report Monday that a quarter of all land is highly degraded and warning the trend must be reversed if the world’s growing population is to be fed. The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization [...]