The U.N. human rights office called on Tuesday (October 12) for a "prompt, thorough, impartial and independent investigations" into the use of disproportionate force by Libyan authorities against migrants and asylum seekers. Armed forces in Tripoli began a series of mass arrests a week earlier, detaining more than 4,000 people in overcrowded detention centres, U.N. rights spokeswoman, Marta Hurtado told a news briefing in Geneva. "Women, children and men were arrested and handcuffed. Security forces used unnecessary and disproportionate force to detain them, including shooting and beating those who resisted or tried to escape. As a result, at least one person died, five were injured, and more than 4,000 were detained," she said.
At least 57 people drowned on Monday (July 26) after a boat capsized off the Libyan coast near Khums, the latest tragedy in the Mediterranean where more than 1,100 have perished this year, the U.N.'s International Organization for Migration (IOM) said on Tuesday. Bodies have not been recovered from the shipwreck, but survivors included migrants from Nigeria, Ghana and Gambia, IOM spokeswoman Paul Dillon told a U.N. briefing in Geneva.
10 Mar 2019
Cameroon may fall further into violence if the government does not stop hate speech by politicians and heavy-handed tactics by security forces, the U.N. human rights chief said on Wednesday.
6 Feb 2018
The U.N. Humanitarian Coordinator in Libya says $313 million is needed to meet the most basic needs of nearly one million people in the country after years of conflict and political instability.
24 Dec 2017
North Korea's state-run television KRT news reader read out its foreign ministry's statement on Sunday, denoncing the new U.N. sanctions.
9 Dec 2017
The U.N. political affairs chief expressed willingness to ease tension on the Korean peninsula during a visit to North Korea this week, state media says, amid a rising war of words over the North’s missile and nuclear programs.
27 Oct 2017
A U.N. report finds that Syrian government forces were responsible for a sarin gas attack on Khan Sheikhoun in April. Dozens of people were killed.
25 Oct 2017
U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley discussed U.S. foreign policy as she arrived in Ethiopia as part of a tour of the region.
18 Sep 2017
U.S. President Donald Trump and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley arrive at the U.N. where Trump will host a high-level event on U.N. reform.
30 Aug 2017
U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley says North Korea's missile launch over Japan is 'unacceptable and irresponsible' and that the Security Council must take "serious" action.
11 May 2017
More than 6 million Somalis are in need of assistance said U.N. chief Antonio Guterres at the London conference on Somalia on Thursday (May 11).
2 May 2017
U.N. human rights boss voices deep concern at mass arrests and sackings in Turkey.