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Stephanie Nebehay

Pandemic slashes worldwide income from work by a tenth: ILO

Sep 23 2020

GENEVA Income earned from work worldwide dropped by an estimated 10.7%, or $3.5 trillion, in the first nine months of 2020, compared to the same period a year ago, the International Labour Organization (ILO) said on Wednesday. | Video

West, legal experts press China on case of 12 detained Hong Kong citizens

Sep 23 2020

GENEVA Western diplomats and legal experts urged China on Wednesday to clarify the status of 12 Hong Kong residents arrested by China at sea last month and whether they have seen lawyers of their choice.

U.N. rights envoy to Myanmar says election will fail to meet standards

Sep 22 2020

GENEVA The United Nations human rights investigator to Myanmar said on Tuesday an election set for November would fail to meet international standards because of the disenfranchisement of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims.

U.N. experts, activists seek probe of Philippines drug war killings

Sep 22 2020

GENEVA U.N. rights experts and activists called on Tuesday for launching an international investigation into unlawful killings in the so-called war on drugs in the Philippines and for the International Criminal Court to step up its preliminary probe.

More than 150 nations join global vaccine plan but U.S., China absent

Sep 21 2020

GENEVA/LONDON Some 156 nations have joined a global scheme for fair distribution of future vaccines against COVID-19, an alliance led by the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday, but superpowers China and the United States did not sign up.

U.N. steps up monitoring of reported abuses in Belarus, raising stakes

Sep 18 2020

GENEVA The United Nations agreed on Friday to step up monitoring of reported rights abuses during Belarus's crackdown on protests, angering Minsk and its ally Moscow and raising the diplomatic stakes in the crisis. | Video

U.N. investigator on Belarus warns of 'another Iron curtain'

Sep 18 2020

GENEVA A U.N. investigator warned of the possibility of "another Iron curtain" descending in Europe during an urgent debate on the human rights situation in Belarus in Geneva on Friday.

WHO's Ryan: don't turn COVID-19 into "political football"

Sep 17 2020

GENEVA The World Health Organization's top emergency expert, asked on Thursday about contradictory remarks by President Donald Trump and U.S. health officials on COVID-19, said it was important for all countries to have "consistent messaging" for their public. | Video

One in 7 reported COVID-19 infections is among health workers, WHO says

Sep 17 2020

GENEVA One in seven cases of COVID-19 reported to the World Health Organization (WHO) is a health worker and in some countries that figure rises to one in three, the agency said on Thursday.

Maduro security forces committed crimes against humanity: U.N.

Sep 16 2020

GENEVA The government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has committed systematic human rights violations including killings and torture amounting to crimes against humanity, U.N. investigators said in a report on Wednesday.

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