‘All sides need to think about the future they want for Venezuela’, says UN human rights chief — Global Issues

“Following my meeting with President [Nicolás] Maduro, he publicly expressed his readiness to work towards improving the justice system. This is a key area for reform, and I offer the support and expertise of my Office to pursue this,” Volker Türk told reporters in Caracas at the end of his three-day visit. …

Fulfilling the UN dreams of Kale, a teenager battling cancer — Global Issues

A year ago, Kale, who lives in California, started to have blurred vision in his right eye. After taking medical tests, his family received the devastating news that he had a tumour located in his right optic nerve. “This year has been a struggle for Kale,” says his father, William,…

Indigenous Brazilian women stand up to gender violence — Global Issues

In Parque das Tribos, an indigenous neighbourhood in Manaus, the capital of Brazil’s Amazonas state, violence against women is not uncommon. “As a leader, I have experienced many things,” says Lutana Ribeiro, a member of the Kokama ethnic group, and the only female chief in Parque das Tribos, which is…

Small island States to accelerate action on preventable diseases, mental health — Global Issues

This follows a two-day meeting in Barbados hosted by the Government, WHO and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), which concluded on Wednesday.  Over half of all people living in small island countries are dying prematurely from preventable diseases and the rate of hypertension is over 30 per cent in…

UN mission to verify rural reform and indigenous representation in peace process — Global Issues

Carlos Ruiz Massieu welcomed recent Government actions on rural reform and greater equality, in line with the 2016 Peace Agreement between the Government and the FARC EP militia group that ended five decades of civil war.  “The Council’s decision today to authorize the expansion of the Mission’s mandate to include…

UN rights office calls for probe into protestor deaths — Global Issues

“We are very concerned at the rising violence in Peru, which on Monday 9 January saw one of the deadliest days since unrest erupted in early December,” Spokesperson Marta Hurtado said in a statement. The protests were sparked after the former President, Pedro Castillo, attempted to dissolve Congress and rule…

UN chief ‘totally confident’ in country’s democratic strength — Global Issues

In comments to journalists on Monday, Mr. Guterres said that he had been shocked by reports that a mob had entered and ransacked government buildings on Sunday in Brasilia. But he said that he remained “absolutely convinced that Brazil can deal with this situation” and ensure that those responsible are…

New US border measures ‘not in line with international standards’, warns UNHCR — Global Issues

According to reports, the reforms would deny migrants the chance to seek asylum in the US if they crossed from Mexico into the US without permission.  But President Biden also said that up to 30,000 people per month from Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua and Venezuela could come legally, if they meet…

‘Renewed hope’ for consolidating peace says Guterres — Global Issues

The breakthrough was announced on 1 January by the first-ever leftist president of the South American nation, Gustavo Petro, who tweeted that he was seeking “total peace”, in the light of continuing violence, following the historic UN-supported peace deal with the leadership of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC)…