UN rights chief: Challenges increase to global cooperation
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. human rights chief said Tuesday the world is witnessing increasing hate speech, rising challenges to international cooperation, and pushbacks on women's equality and...
Bachelet denied campaign took money from Brazil OAS company
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — U.N. human rights chief Michelle Bachelet is denying accusations by a former businessman ensnared in Latin America's biggest corruption scandal that her 2013 presidential...
Gay rights groups push for same-sex marriage in Chile
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Gay rights activists are renewing efforts to legalize same-sex marriage in Chile.
Two groups have formally asked the South American country's controller-general to...
UN human rights chief cites continued abuses in Venezuela
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The United Nations' chief human rights official said Monday that millions of Venezuelans continue to suffer rights violations, including dozens of possible extrajudicial...
UN rights chief airs worries on climate change, migrant kids
GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. human rights chief said Monday she was "alarmed" that migrant children are still being held in centers in the United States and Mexico and warned that climate change has...
Brazil’s Bolsonaro praises 1973 military coup in Chile
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Wednesday criticized U.N. human rights chief Michelle Bachelet, a former Chilean president, by praising the 1973 military coup that led...
GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. human rights chief says the Syrian government and its allies have continued a relentless campaign against civilians in northwestern Syria amid a "collective shrug" by the...
UN rights chief ‘appalled’ by conditions in US for migrants
GENEVA (AP) — The United Nations' human rights chief said Monday she was "appalled" by the conditions migrants and refugees face in U.S. detention facilities, intensifying a challenge to the Trump...
Venezuelan envoy rejects ‘biased’ report at UN rights body
GENEVA (AP) — A top Venezuelan diplomat on Friday blasted what he called the "biased vision" of a report by the U.N. human rights chief chronicling torture, sexual abuse and extrajudicial killings...
UN: 5,287 killings in Venezuela security operations in 2018
GENEVA (AP) — Venezuela's government registered nearly 5,300 killings during security operations last year linked to cases of "resistance to authority," the U.N. human rights chief reported...
GENEVA (AP) — Thousands of relatives of former foreign fighters in the Islamic State group should be repatriated, the U.N. human rights chief said Monday, insisting children in particular have...
UN human rights chief appeals for dialogue in Venezuela
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The United Nations' top human rights official urged Venezuela's government and opposition Friday to put aside deep political differences and commit to dialogue aimed at...
UN human rights chief makes first visit to Venezuela
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The United Nations' top human rights official arrived in Venezuela Wednesday for a visit that comes amid heightened international pressure on President Nicolás Maduro for...
GENEVA (AP) — The United Nations' top human rights official has scheduled a trip to Venezuela next week featuring meetings with President Nicolás Maduro and opposition leader Juan Guaidó, among...
BEIRUT (AP) — The U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights is calling for "a thorough, effective and independent investigation" into the death of a Lebanese man who was allegedly tortured by police...
GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. human rights chief says thousands of lives are at risk in parts of conflict-ridden Libya, decrying an escalation of attacks in residential areas with artillery, rockets and...
BERLIN (AP) — The U.N.'s human rights chief is calling Saudi Arabia's mass execution of 37 men, including three who were sentenced as minors, "shocking" and "abhorrent."
Nicaragua police deny permit for protest anniversary march
MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Nicaragua's national police denied a permit request Tuesday for a march to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the start of anti-government protests, setting up a...
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's efforts to calm critics of its newly formed National Guard received a boost Tuesday in the form of an agreement from the United Nations High Commissioner for Human...
Mexico to receive UN help in missing students case
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico has signed an agreement with the United Nations' top human rights official for technical assistance in its latest attempt to determine what happened to 43 missing...
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria's Foreign Ministry is calling on the U.N. human rights commissioner to denounce President Donald Trump's recognition of Israel's sovereignty over the occupied Golan...
GENEVA (AP) — The top U.N. human rights body on Friday requested a larger presence in Palestinian areas following an investigation that found Israeli soldiers may have committed war crimes in a...
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The Latest on the political crisis in Venezuela (all times local):
The United Nations says it learned "with concern" about reports that Venezuelan...
Sri Lanka averts rift spilling over to UN rights session
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's leader has kept his country's political rift from spilling over to a U.N. human rights council meeting this week by abandoning plans to oppose the prime...
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The United Nations' high commissioner for human rights said Wednesday that recent U.S. sanctions that are aimed at toppling Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro threaten...
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — Human rights defenders are warning that legislation being debated in El Salvador's Legislative Assembly would establish an absolute amnesty for those who committed...
GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. human rights chief is expressing disappointment with Israel over its "immediate dismissal" of a report about deadly violence by Israel security forces against protesters in...
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Burundi's government has forced the United Nations human rights office in the troubled East African country to close after 23 years, the U.N. rights chief announced with...
UN report on firms linked to Israeli settlements stalls anew
GENEVA (AP) — The United Nations' human rights chief has delayed publication of a report on companies doing business in Israeli settlements in the West Bank, saying in a letter made public Tuesday...
UN: At least 890 killed in December clashes in Congo
GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. human rights office says "credible sources" indicate that at least 890 people were killed last month during three days of clashes among villages in western Congo.
Michelle Bachelet, the U.N. human rights chief, said the perpetrators should be brought to justice over such "shocking violence" that erupted between the Banunu and Batende communities in the Mai-Ndombe province.
Her office said it has launched an investigation, along with national authorities in Congo.
The Latest: UN rights chief says Khashoggi probe needed
ISTANBUL (AP) — The Latest on the case of the killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi (all times local):
The U.N. human rights chief says an international investigation is needed into the "awful" killing of Saudi dissident and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.
North Korea criticizes US for seeking UN meeting on rights
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — North Korea is accusing the Trump administration and some supporters of trying to "stoke confrontation" instead of promoting peace efforts by calling for a U.N. Security Council meeting to discuss human rights in the country.
UN rights chief urges halt to Rohingya repatriation plan
GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. human rights chief says Bangladesh's government should halt plans to repatriate more than 2,200 Rohingya Muslims to Myanmar, saying such a move would endanger their lives.
Michelle Bachelet's comments are among the strongest yet from a top U.N. official about the planned repatriation this week of some Rohingya to Myanmar. More than 700,000 fled Myanmar amid a security crackdown starting in August 2017.
Chile repatriates Haitian migrants
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Chile has flown 176 Haitians on a voluntary return to their home country as part of a program to reduce the number of unsuccessful migrants in the country.
The Chilean Air Force flight is the first of several planned. So far, 1,087 Haitians have signed up for the free return.
Report: South Sudan armed opposition seized girls as ‘wives’
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Sudan's armed opposition abducted women and girls as young as 12 and lined them up so commanders could choose "wives," and those not selected were left to be raped repeatedly by other fighters, a new U.N. report said Thursday.
UN rights chief condemns execution of Iran juvenile offender
GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. human rights chief is condemning the execution in Iran of a woman convicted of murdering her husband five years ago when she was 17 years old.
The office of U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said Zeinab Sekaanvand Lokran had insisted that she was coerced into confessing to the 2012 murder, beaten by police after her arrest and her claims of being a victim of domestic violence not adequately considered in court.
China, academics tout Beijing’s human rights record at UN
GENEVA (AP) — Pro-Beijing scholars brought together by the Chinese government have briskly defended the country's human rights record as criticism grows over the mass internment of ethnic minority Muslim Uighurs in China's far west.
In a move indicative of a new public relations push, Chinese officials for the first time hosted journalists to meet with the academics on the sidelines of a U.N.-backed Human Rights Council session in Geneva.
Italy, Austria sharpen criticism of UN over migrants
ROME (AP) — Italy and Austria issued sharp retorts to the new U.N. human rights chief Tuesday over her plans to send in teams to investigate the treatment of migrants, with Italy saying the move is "inappropriate, unfounded and unjust."
The Latest: UN office defends visits to check on migrants
ROME (AP) — The Latest on the influx of migrants into Europe (all times local):
The U.N. human rights office is defending plans by new U.N. rights chief Michelle Bachelet to send experts to Italy and Austria to see how migrants are treated.
UN teams to assess migrant treatment in Austria, Italy
GENEVA (AP) — The new U.N. human rights chief, Michelle Bachelet, on Monday announced plans to send teams to Italy and Austria to examine the treatment of migrants, drawing a quick retort from Vienna and Rome after her first big appearance in the job.
In 1st key speech, new UN human rights chief airs concerns
GENEVA (AP) — The new U.N. human rights chief warned Monday about abuses worldwide, citing among others the Trump administration's "unconscionable" separations of migrant families and urging the European Union to create a dedicated search and rescue operation for migrants in the Mediterranean sea.
New UN human rights chief has survived torture herself
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet was 23 years old when she was tortured and fled her country's dictatorship into exile. Now, more than four decades later, she will face her past fighting such abuses worldwide as the new U.N. human rights chief.
Bachelet, 66, is often seen smiling, chatting easily or tossing unplanned comments or jokes into her speeches. But behind her good humor lie haunting memories of the brutal dictatorship that tore her family apart.
The Latest: UN human rights chief: Myanmar ruling shocking
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — The Latest on the conviction of two Reuters reporter in Myanmar for illegally possessing official documents (all times local):
In her first day on the job, new U.N. human rights chief Michelle Bachelet says she was "shocked" at the seven-year prison sentences handed down to two Reuters journalists in Myanmar, calling the trial a "travesty of justice" and urging their immediate release.
AP Exclusive: US to cut funding for UN human rights office
GENEVA (AP) — President Donald Trump's national security adviser, John Bolton, says the United States will cut funding for the office of the U.N. human rights chief, the administration's latest blow against the United Nations.
Bolton announced the move against the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, which would lose one of its largest donors. The United States is the U.N.'s largest single donor, providing about 22 percent of its budget.
Dutch government honors outgoing UN human rights chief
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Dutch government is honoring the outgoing U.N. human rights chief with one of its most prestigious awards.
The Foreign Ministry said in a statement Tuesday that it will present Zeid Ra'ad Al-Hussein the Human Rights Tulip award at a ceremony next month.
Zeid, a Jordanian diplomat and member of the country's royal family, has served four years as the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights. His term ends Aug. 31.
UN approves Chile’s Bachelet as new human rights chief
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet's unanimous approval as the next U.N. human rights chief on Friday sparked a sharp exchange between the United States and several key opponents over rights abuses — a foretaste of some of the issues Bachelet will confront.