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New evidence of Syrian war crimes found

A school for children displaced by war in Idlib, Syria (AN/Charles Lawley)

(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.

Pandemic fueled by ‘profound inequalities’

U.N. human rights chief Michelle Bachelet addresses the opening of the Human Rights Council in Geneva (AN/OHCHR)

(AN) — The challenge of preventing abuses worldwide is rising sharply as racism, discrimination and social inequalities accelerate the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, the U.N. human rights chief said on Tuesday.

Nations authorize ‘systemic racism’ report

Youth-led U.S. demonstrators at Baltimore, Md., raise hands for racial justice in George Floyd's killing (AN/Elvert Barnes)

(AN) — The U.N. Human Rights Council approved a resolution on Friday calling for a report on systemic racism and police brutality against Black people in the wake of protests over George Floyd’s killing by police.

Racism debate slated for U.N. rights panel

A street painting seen in San Francisco on Friday (AN/Christopher Michel)

(AN) — Prompted by U.S. and global unrest over the killing of George Floyd, the United Nations Human Rights Council agreed on Monday to an African Union request for an urgent debate on systemic racism and police brutality.

Racism flagged in reviews of U.S. rights

A homeless person across from a federal courthouse on Constitution Avenue in downtown Washington (AN/John Heilprin)

(AN) — Dozens of nations repeatedly urged the United States to eradicate its systemic racism and police brutality — and U.S. officials vowed to make changes — but there have been few such improvements, according to two comprehensive U.N. human rights reviews. The third review is aptly slated for November.

U.N. expert: Saudi case a ‘parody of justice’

U.N. human rights expert Agnès Callamard speaks on the 1-year anniversary of Jamal Khashoggi’s murder (AN/April Brady)

(AN) — The head of the U.N. human rights team that investigated Jamal Khashoggi’s death called for an international inquiry on Friday while dismissing pardons that could allow Saudi authorities to release his killers.

Virus enters world’s largest refugee camps

Children at a refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh (AN/DFID)

(AN) — Officials with the U.N. refugee agency and other aid organizations sounded the alarm on Friday after the first COVID-19 infections were detected at the world’s largest refugee settlement for Rohingya Muslims in Bangladesh.

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