The World of International Organizations

Days after election, U.S. rights under inspection

A Milwaukee protester against U.S. detention of migrant children in 2019 (AN/Charles Edward Miller)

(AN) — With U.S. elections just barely decided, the United Nations Human Rights Council finished putting America’s human rights record under a microscope on Friday in a peer-review process applied to all member nations every four years.

OSCE ‘grave concerns’ at Trump election ploys

For the first time in a U.S. election, New Jersey Army National Guard members help at polls due to the pandemic (AN/Mark Olsen)

(AN) — Election observers from the world’s largest security-oriented intergovernmental organization reported widespread concerns on Thursday about U.S. President Donald Trump’s efforts to undercut voters’ confidence in the November 3 U.S. elections.

Groups find authorities prey on African migrants

Muslim students on a field trip in Uganda (AN/John Heilprin)

(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.

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.

U.S. derides U.N. effort to counter racism

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at a State Department press briefing in March (AN/Ronny Przysucha)

(AN) — The top American diplomat on Saturday rebuked the U.N. Human Rights Council as “a haven for dictators and the democracies that indulge them” a day after it commissioned a report on racism and police brutality.

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.

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