Greece has a unique opportunity to simultaneously strengthen its economy and drive progress on women’s human rights by prioritising gender equality in its social and economic recovery, says a group of UN independent experts.

States must live up to their human rights commitments and take comprehensive anti-racist measures to respond to the rise of intolerance, hate speech and attacks against Roma and other minorities, says a UN expert. The appeal on International Roma Day is being made by the UN Special Rapporteur on minorities, Fernand de Varennes, who says immediate action is needed to combat inflammatory racist rhetoric:

When England and Montenegro played each other in a European football tournament qualification match in Podgorica, Montenegro, on March 25, there were numerous reports of racist chanting by some fans directed at Black players on the pitch.

“We welcome the signing by the Governor of California on Wednesday of the executive order placing a moratorium on the death penalty in the state. This decision gives reprieve until at least the year 2023 to 737 inmates on death row – more than a quarter of the prisoners sentenced to capital punishment in the United States of America.

States around the world must address the specific concerns of women in drug policies, say UN human rights experts. The call by the UN Working Group on the issue of discrimination against women in law and in practice comes ahead of a high-level meeting on 14-15 March 2019 of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs:

Millions of people worldwide are deprived of their liberty because they have a disability, and this must stop now, says a UN human rights expert.

Women, girls and gender non-conforming people standing up for human rights have been facing increased repression and violence across the globe. States must respect, protect and fulfil the right of defenders to promote human rights without discrimination, says a UN human rights expert.

Geneva, 7 February 2019 —  “We are deeply concerned about the sentencing in a Russian court on Wednesday of a Jehovah’s Witness to six years in prison on charges of ‘organising the activity of a banned extremist organisation’.