News

China: UN experts warn of severe human rights restrictions on Tibetan Buddhist monasteries

Nov 01 2011

A group of United Nations independent experts voiced grave concern over reports of heavy security measures, in and around the area of the Tibetan Buddhist Kirti monastery – which houses some 2,500 monks- and other monasteries in Aba County, an area of Sichuan province with many ethnic Tibetans in south-west China. “Intimidation of the lay and monastic community must be avoided, and the right of members of the monastic community, and the wider community to freely practice their religion, should be fully respected and guaranteed by the Chinese… Continue reading →

Asia China Tibet

Cambodia’s draft NGO law must be fully in line with international law – UN experts

Oct 14 2011

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, Mr. Maina Kiai, warned that the current public draft of the Law on Associations and Non-Governmental Organizations in Cambodia – if adopted – risks breaching the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. “The current draft NGO Law contains a set of problematic provisions, raising concerns over a potential negative impact on Cambodian citizens’ democratic participation in furthering the development of their country,” warned the UN… Continue reading →

Asia association Cambodia NGO law NGOs Southeast Asia

Video: Peaceful protests -the Need for guidelines in freedom of assembly

Aug 11 2011

In this video, produced by the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Maina Kiai UN Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, discusses the need to have practical guidelines to these… Continue reading →

assembly association Maina Kiai OHCHR videos

“Syria must stop using violent strategies against civilians, now”

Aug 05 2011

A group of UN human rights experts* today warned that the scale and gravity of the violent crackdown in the Syrian Arab Republic continues unabated, and reiterated their call for an immediate end to the violent strategies adopted by the Government to quash the on-going demonstrations. “We continue to receive reports on systematic use of excessive force resulting in killings and injuries; allegations of torture, enforced disappearances, arbitrary arrests and detention of protestors; targeting of human rights defenders; and unjustified limitations on… Continue reading →

assembly demonstrations MENA Middle East Protest Syria violence

New UN Experts begin work on their Human Rights Mandates

May 04 2011

Seven human rights experts dealing with the freedom of peaceful assembly and association; discrimination against women in law and practice; and the particular situation of people of African descent began work this week on the mandates handed to them by the Human Rights Council. Freedom of peaceful assembly and association In September 2010, the Human Rights Council created a new post of Special Rapporteur to emphasize the importance of the freedom of peaceful assembly and of association towards the full enjoyment of all human rights. The Council… Continue reading →

Maina Kiai UN UNSR

View the quotes in your language: