A Tibetan activist outside the UN offices in Geneva bears the names on his back of protesters who have died from self-immolation – setting fire to themselves. The protest took place as China was set to undergo a widely anticipated review of its rights record before the UN Human Rights Council, something required of each of the UN’s 193 member states every four years. Read more
An Afghan refugee child sits on the roadside on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan. Pakistan hosts more than 1.6m registered Afghans, the largest and most protracted refugee population in the world, according to the UN refugee agency, Thousands of refugees still live without electricity, running water and other basic services.
Elderly Indians take part in celebrations to mark the International Day of Older Persons at a home in Ahmadabad, India, on Tuesday. Much of the world is unprepared for the ballooning population of elderly people, including many of the fastest-aging countries, according to a global study to be released by the UN and a rights group for the elderly.
Parachuters in southern Seoul practising for a show on Armed Forces Day. The government designated October 1 as the Armed Forces Day to commemorate the date in 1950 when United Nations troops pushed back North Koreans past the 38th parallel that bisects the Korean Peninsula since then, the Yonhap news agency reported. Read more
Afghan children at their camp on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan. Afghanistan’s independent human rights commission might lose its “A” status in the upcoming review, which might affect its work and funding, UN and Afghan officials said on Tuesday Read more
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Free Syrian Army fighters rest inside a house during a rare light moment in Deir al-Zor, Syria. Read more
A cargo ship passes through the Panama Bay in Panama City on Thursday. Panama on Wednesday requested for UN inspectors to scrutinise the cargo on the North Korean ship seized near Panama on Tuesday, which UN diplomats said could constitute a breach of the strict arms sanctions imposed on North Korea over its nuclear programme. Read more
After recently returning from Pakistan, Afghan refugees wait during the registration process at a United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees center near Kabul, Afghanistan, as they prepare to go back to their province after fleeing civil war and Taliban rule. World Refugee Day, initiated by the United Nations to raise awareness on the plight of refugees worldwide, is observed on June 20 every year.
Syrian rebel fighters belonging to the ‘Martyrs of Maaret al-Numan’ battalion leave their position after a range of shootings on Thursday in the southern Syrian town of Maaret al-Numan in front of the army base of Wadi Deif. At least 93,000 people, including over 6,500 children, have been killed in Syria’s civil war, the UN said, warning that the true death toll could be far higher.
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People visit the Luminarium, an inflatable sculpture of British artist Alan Parkinson, before its opening at the grounds of the UN European headquarters in Geneva. Until June 14, diplomats, UN officials, school children and communities will be able to go inside the 1,000 square metre structure, financed by the United Kingdom Mission to the UN, to think more creatively about how to make the work of the Human Rights Council better understood through discussions and art performances.