U.N. Investigator Accuses Israel of Apartheid, Citing Permanence of Occupation

Strongly denied by Israel and its supporters, the claim is the first time that a U.N.-appointed rapporteur has accused Israel of apartheid in such an unequivocal way.

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U.N. Human Rights Chief to Visit China

Michelle Bachelet would be the first official in her position to visit China, which has come under fire for its rights record, in more than two decades.

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U.N. Rights Panel Pressures Sudan Over Coup

The Human Rights Council appointed an expert to investigate abuses in the country since the military seized power on Oct. 25, and members called for the prime minister’s release.

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U.S. Regains Seat at U.N. Human Rights Council, 3 Years After Quitting

The Trump administration called the 47-nation council hypocritical and said it was vilifying Israel. The Biden administration says the U.S. can be more effective as a member.

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U.N. Votes to Appoint Human Rights Watchdog in Afghanistan

The Human Rights Council in Geneva adopted a resolution to install a special rapporteur and a team of experts to monitor human rights under the Taliban.

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U.N. Report Calls for Sweeping Action to Root Out Racism

The report draws on evidence from 60 countries and urges nations to take action to root out systemic racism against people of African descent.

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U.N. Rights Council Orders Inquiry Into Israel After Gaza Strife

Acting in the aftermath of the fighting in Gaza, a United Nations panel in Geneva approved a far-ranging inquiry into Israel’s actions.

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Biden Administration Moves to Rejoin U.N. Human Rights Council

President Donald J. Trump withdrew the United States from the council in 2018, but the Biden administration plans to “engage with it in a principled fashion” going forward.

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Fiji Will Lead U.N. Rights Body, Over Russian and Chinese Opposition

The vote ended a proxy battle waged by China, Russia and Saudi Arabia, which sought to strengthen their influence by installing a more compliant candidate.

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America May Need International Intervention

Even Democrats may find it hard to imagine, but the “leader of the free world” would benefit from United Nations oversight.

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Venezuela Ordered Killings and Torture of Critics, U.N. Investigators Say

President Nicolás Maduro and other high-ranking officials were accused of being behind the detention of government critics and assaults by state security services.

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President Trump Has Tools to Pressure China. Will He Use Them?

History will not be kind to those who did nothing to try to stop Beijing’s human rights abuses.

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George Floyd’s Brother Urges U.N. to Investigate Police Killings in U.S.

“The way you saw my brother tortured and murdered on camera is the way black people are treated by police in America,” Philonise Floyd told diplomats.

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Philippine Dissenters May Face Terrorist Designation

President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to sign legislation defining terrorism so broadly that critics of the government could easily be detained without charge.

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