The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has expressed concern about the situation of activists and imprisoned lawyers in Iran, calling for their release amid the expansion of the coronavirus. Michelle Bachelet expressed concern about the situation of Nasrin Sotoudeh, in Tehran’s Evin prison.
Michelle Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, noted that she has received alarming reports of the violent and ongoing repression of peaceful demonstrations in Belarus. During its opening session on Monday, the U.N. Human Rights Council approved a proposal on the need for an urgent debate on the human rights situation in Belarus.
Dozens of women who left North Korea to look for work abroad have alleged abuse by elements of North Korean security forces once they were forced to return to the country. In a report published by the United Nations, these women said the abuse occurred on several occasions.
Manouchehr Bakhtiari, the father of Pouya Bakhtiari, one of the victims of last November’s protests, has called for an independent inquiry into international institutions, including the United Nations human rights body, on the “deadly violence of the Iranian government against protesters.”
George Floyd’s brother Philonise has appealed to the United Nations to investigate systematic racism in the United States and the killing of black people by police. Philonise said this on Wednesday during a debate convened by African countries at the UN Human Rights Council headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.
The United Nations warned today of the rapid spread of cases of covid-19 in prisons on the American continent. They stressed that overcrowding and poor hygiene conditions in most of the prison facilities are a key contributor to the situation. “Thousands of inmates and prison officials have already been infected across North and South America,” said the spokesman for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Rupert Colville, at a press conference in Geneva, Switzerland today.
The US government warned Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro that he has a “short term” to leave power if he does not want to face international justice and new US measures. US officials expressed confidence that the Lima Group will send the same message soon to Chavismo.