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Syria death toll reaches 2,600: U.N.

At least 2,600 people have been killed in the unrest in Syria since popular protests first broke out in mid-March, the UN human rights chief Navi Pillay said Monday. “With regard to Syria, let me note that, according to reliable sources on the ground, the number of those killed since…

US must do more to halt Mexico violence: UN official

The United States must do its part to halt weapons trafficking and drug use behind some of Mexico’s violence and insecurity, the top UN rights official said Friday. “I do call on the United States of America, indicated as the principal consumer of drugs and supplier of weapon of Mexico,…

UN condemns ‘cluster bomb use’ by Libyan regime

GENEVA — The UN human rights chief on Wednesday slammed the Libyan regime for the alleged use of cluster bombs in Misrata, saying such attacks on densely populated urban areas could be international crimes. In a statement, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay “condemned the reported repeated use…

UN warns Yemen against violent repression

GENEVA — The UN human rights chief on Tuesday warned Yemeni authorities against the violent repression of peaceful protests, saying that people have the right to express their grievances. “People have the legitimate right to express their grievances and demands to their government,” Navi Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human…

UN Human Rights Commissioner: ‘This is truly’ a ‘cyber war’

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights is dismayed by reports that companies are being leaned on to discontinue financial and internet services for WikiLeaks, a secrets website in the process of releasing more than 250,000 US State Department cables. “I am concerned about reports of pressure exerted on…

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