Human Rights

African migrants 'sold at open slave markets' in Libya

People are held for ransom, forced labour or sexual exploitation after being sold for up to $500, UN agency says.

Middle East

Security Council weighs options over Syria attack

Three different draft resolutions circulated at the Security Council as US weighs military intervention.

Poverty & Development

US ends funding for UN body focused on family planning

UN Population Fund rejects state department's claim that agency backs 'coercive abortion or involuntary sterilisation'.


UN renews smaller DRC peacekeeping force

Security Council cuts number of MONUSCO mission troops as US seeks cutting costs and streamlining of UN's operations.

US & Canada

UN: 'Alarming' US trend against free speech, protest

Bills introduced in 19 US states are threatening freedom of speech and the right to protest, UN experts say.


Sexually abused by aid workers

What happens when United Nations workers abuse their power?


Bodies of missing UN workers found in DRC

Three bodies discovered - including a decapitated woman's - during search for Congolese, American, and Swedish UN staff.


Nuclear powers boycott UN talks on weapons ban

UN General Assembly begins negotiations on prohibiting weapons, but without any nuclear-capable states in attendance.

Israeli–Palestinian conflict

UN: Israel ignores demand to stop settlement building

UN Middle East envoy says Israel has failed to end illegal settlement activity and abide by UNSC Resolution 2334.

Middle East

Geneva talks resume as Syria fighting rages

Hopes for breakthrough or concessions from either side remain low, amid ongoing violence in Damascus and Hama.


Solutions for tumultuous times

To tackle global threats such as climate change, conflict and disaster, we must join forces and take collective action.

by Cihan Sultanoglu

Fault Lines

Haiti By Force

Fault Lines investigates the legacy and impact of sex abuse by UN peacekeepers in Haiti.

Middle East

UN report decries Israeli settlements' 'alarming pace'

US boycotts UN rights council as special rapporteur accuses Israel of 'the subjugation' of Palestinians' 'humanity'.


What did the UN apartheid report expose in reality?

As Israel moves towards confronting apartheid, the questions raised by the report will become impossible to avoid.

by Mark LeVine

Middle East

Palestinians honour UN official for apartheid report

Palestinian president hails UN official for 'courage' in publishing report accusing Israel of building apartheid state.