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UN Condemns Zimbabwe Slum Blitz

BBC: "A major UN report has called for an immediate end to Zimbabwe's slum clearance programme, declaring it to be in violation of international law. "The scale of suffering is immense," it said. About 700,000 people have lost their homes or livelihoods and another 2.4 million people have been affected. Secretary General Kofi Annan said it confirmed "catastrophic injustice" had been done to Zimbabwe's poorest."
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UN Human Rights Office Calls for Strengthened Role

"With human rights observance being one of the central goals of the United Nations, Human Rights High Commissioner Louise Arbour today outlined a strategic vision for the future and called for tools to increase her office's global leadership and its engagement with individual countries. "Our objective must be to help bridge the gap between the lofty rhetoric of human rights in the halls of the United Nations and its sobering realities on the ground," Ms. Arbour says in a report to Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who transmitted it to the General Assembly." Read more...
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UN Condemns Alleged U.S. Abuse in Afghanistan

CNN: "The United Nations on Sunday condemned as "utterly unacceptable" the alleged abuse of detainees at the main U.S. base in Afghanistan, and urged the U.S. military to allow a probe by Afghan human rights investigators."
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UN to Deploy Human Rights Monitors in Uganda

"U.N. human rights monitors are to be deployed next month in northern Uganda to try to stem rights violations linked to the conflict between the government and the Lords' Resistance Army, a U.N. spokesman said on Friday. Under an agreement being finalised with the government in Kampala, the monitors will also help train local authorities including police, United Nations human rights spokesman Jose Luis Diaz said." Read more...
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UN Rights Panel Censures North Korea

"The United Nations Commission on Human Rights censured North Korea on Thursday for "widespread and grave violations," including torture, executions and forced abortions.... The resolution, brought by the European Union and Japan, was adopted 30 to 9, with 14 abstentions, including South Korea. The measure expressed deep concern about torture, public executions, arbitrary detention, infanticide, imposition of the death penalty for political reasons, the existence of a "large number of prison camps" and extensive use of forced labor." More
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Nepal Agrees to Presence of UN Rights Monitors

"Nepal agreed on Monday to let the United Nations send observers to the country, where both government forces and Maoist rebels are accused of abusing human rights. Under an agreement with Kathmandu, the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights will set up offices and try to bring to account those guilty of abuse. "Breaking the cycle of serious and systematic abuses will be the first essential step toward achieving peace and reconciliation in Nepal," U.N. High Commissioner Louise Arbour said in a statement. Some 11,000 people have been killed in the Maoist revolt since 1996. Insurgents control large parts of Nepal's countryside and want to establish a communist republic." LINK