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Hate speech: Nations fight back2023-01-29
Online hate speech is a growing, worrying phenomenon that puts lives at risks. In the second of three feature stories based on the new UN Podcasts series, UNiting Against Hate, we focus on the national strategies Costa Rica and the Czech Republic have put in place to tackle the issue.
‘All sides need to think about the future they want for Venezuela’, says UN human rights chief2023-01-28
There is a general recognition across Venezuela’s political and social spectrum of the need for reform, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said on Saturday, wrapping up a trip to the country during which, among others, he heard complaints of arbitrary detention and torture.
We must not simply remember, ‘but speak out and stand up’: UN chief Guterres2023-01-28
Antisemitism has been described as the canary in the coal mine of freedom, and with hateful bigots and dangerous conspiracy theorists now finding willing audiences online, UN Secretary-General António Guterres on Saturday said, “we must pledge to speak out wherever we witness hate and to stand up for human rights and dignity for all.”
Hate speech: A growing, international threat2023-01-28
Whilst hate speech is nothing new, it has arguably been super-charged by the internet, which has allowed lies, conspiracies, and threats to instantly spread around the world. In a short series of features, based on the new UN Podcasts series, UNiting Against Hate, we look at the effects, and possible solutions, to this growing problem.
Guterres strongly condemns attack at Jerusalem synagogue which left at least seven Israelis dead2023-01-27
The UN Secretary-General on Friday strongly condemned Friday’s terrorist attack by a Palestinian man outside a synagogue in a Jerusalem neighbourhood which has left at least seven Israelis dead, and three others injured.
Mali: ‘Critical year’ begins in country’s return to constitutional order2023-01-27
Stabilizing Mali is crucial, not only for the country but for the entire region, UN Special Representative El-Ghassim Wane told the Security Council on Friday.
Syria: WFP chief calls for action now, as hunger soars to 12 year high2023-01-27
The head of the UN World Food Programme (WFP), speaking in Damascus, has called on the world to boost investment in Syria’s people and communities to help ease the highest levels of hunger in 12 years.
Holocaust remembrance: beware ‘siren songs of hate’ – UN chief2023-01-27
At a UN ceremony to mark the Holocaust on Friday, Secretary-General António Guterres warned that antisemitism, hate speech, and misinformation are ever-present, 90 years on from the rise of the Nazi Party in Germany.
Systemic racism within UK criminal justice system a serious concern: UN human rights experts2023-01-27
Racism in the United Kingdom is “structural, institutional and systemic”, independent UN human rights experts said on Friday, warning that people of African descent in the country continue to encounter discrimination and erosion of their fundamental rights.
Climate crisis and migration: Greta Thunberg supports IOM over ‘life and death’ issue2023-01-27
The head of the UN migration agency IOM, and leading climate justice activist, Greta Thunberg, called on Friday for immediate action to help tackle the impacts of climate change on those forced to flee their homes, or leaving in search of a better life.