Mass protests in Belarus against authoritarian leader Alexander Lukashenko (AN/Franak Viačorka)
September 18, 2020
(AN) — The U.N. Human Rights Council voted overwhelmingly on Friday to examine reports of widespread abuses stemming from Belarusian authoritarian leader Alexander Lukashenko’s crackdown over a disputed presidential election.
U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Carrie Filipetti, left, Venezuelan National Assembly member Delsa Solórzano, center, and investigative journalist Nelson Bocaranda, right, talk about human rights abuses in Venezuela at a 2019 U.N. panel discussion in Geneva (AN/Eric Bridiers)
September 16, 2020
(AN) — An international fact-finding mission’s report to the U.N. Human Rights Council on Wednesday raised allegations of crimes against humanity in Venezuela perpetrated by President Nicolás Maduro’s security forces and intelligence agencies.
U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet addresses the Human Rights Council in Geneva (AN/OHCHR)
September 14, 2020
(AN) — U.N. human rights chief Michelle Bachelet denounced violence against protesters in Belarus and systemic racism in the United States on Monday, also singling out Afghanistan, the Americas, Iran, Lebanon, Palestine and the Philippines as hotspots for abuses compounded by the coronavirus pandemic.
A medical technician pauses between patients at a U.S. COVID-19 testing site in New Jersey (AN/Matt Hecht)
September 11, 2020
(AN) — The United Nations General Assembly voted 169-2 to approve its third coronavirus-related resolution despite opposition from the United States and Israel on Friday, exactly six months since the World Health Organization declared the world faces a pandemic.
A display at a U.S. Senate hearing in 2019 to mark the 1-year anniversary of Jamal Khashoggi’s murder (AN/POMED)
September 7, 2020
(AN) — A court in Saudi Arabia sentenced eight people to prison for their roles in the 2018 orchestrated killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Saudi government-run Al Ekhbariya TV reported on Monday.
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko meets with then-OSCE PA President Christine Muttonen at Minsk in 2017 (AN/House of Representatives of Belarus)
September 4, 2020
(AN) — The opposition leader of Belarus appealed to the United Nations for help on Friday in challenging authoritarian leader Alexander Lukashenko’s crackdown over a disputed presidential election.
Police face off with protesters at Hong Kong in December 2019 (AN/K.rol2007)
August 10, 2020
(AN) — China announced that it imposed economic sanctions on 11 nongovernmental organization leaders and U.S. lawmakers on Monday, in a retaliatory move against outspoken critics of its decision to tighten the reins on Hong Kong’s semi-independence.
A child laborer in Madagascar (AN/Rod Waddington)
August 4, 2020
(AN) — The International Labor Organization announced on Tuesday that a two decade-old convention outlawing the worst forces of child labor has gained universal ratification among all of its 187 member nations.
Muslim students on a field trip in Uganda (AN/John Heilprin)
July 29, 2020
(AN) — Government officials inflicted almost half of all the violence suffered by people risking grave dangers to transit through North Africa for a chance at news lives in Europe, the U.N. refugee agency and Danish Refugee Council reported on Wednesday.
A school for children displaced by war in Idlib, Syria (AN/Charles Lawley)
July 7, 2020
(AN) — U.N. human rights experts on Tuesday unveiled fresh evidence of Syrian war crimes and possible crimes against humanity involving people trapped in civilian areas of the opposition-held Idlib province since November.