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US permanent representative to UN Nikki Haley:  called rights body a “protector of human-rights abusers, and a cesspool of political bias”. Photograph: Justin Lane/EPA

A few years ago, I covered a long hearing in the cavernous hall in Geneva where the UN Human Rights Council holds its plenary meetings. Ireland was in(...)

 Donald Trump ordered his first travel ban just a week after taking office in January 2017, prompting widespread chaos and protests at airports and in cities across the US. File photograph: Timothy A Clary/AFP/Getty Images

President Donald Trump hailed a decision by the US supreme court on Tuesday to uphold his controversial travel ban, claiming a “vindication” of his im(...)

Former Nato general secretary Javier Solana, who has been refused a visa waiver to enter the United States. Photograph: Ismael Herrero/EPA

The former Nato secretary general Javier Solana has been refused a visa waiver to enter the US because of his past trips to Iran, one of the countries(...)

Migrants from South Sudan sit at the Italian Red Cross camp in Ventimiglia, northern Italy. Photograph: Miguel Medina/AFP/Getty

Menton Garavan is a classic French railway station: two storeys covered in ivy, green shutters and a blue, white and red French tricolour flying on th(...)

The US name plate one day after the United States announced its withdrawal at the 38th session of the UN Human Rights Council at the UN headquarters in Geneva. Photograph: Martial Trezzini/EPA

The United Nations Human Rights Council is far from perfect. It has inbuilt flaws and needs to be reformed. But it has also been growing more effectiv(...)

Migrants sit on the deck of the Italian navy ship Orione as the ship enters the port of Valencia. Photograph: Pau Barren/AFP/Getty Images

Ireland must raise its “humanitarian voice” and call for an urgent solution to European political dispute around asylum procedures and the resettlemen(...)

Filippo Grandi,  the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees: crises in South Sudan and Congo, and the exodus of Muslim Rohingya, raised forced displacements in 2017 to 68.5 million. Photograph: Mahmud Turkia/AFP/Getty

Nearly 69 million people who had fled war, violence and persecution were forcibly displaced last year, the UN refugee agency said, a record for the fi(...)

 Chef Vuyisile Mbangiwa and chef Sinqobizitha Mguni, both from Zimbabwe, live in Birchwood House for Asylum Seekers in Waterford. Photograph:   Marc O’Sullivan

Hundreds of refugees and asylum seekers across Ireland will meet on Wednesday to mark World Refugee Day through a celebration of food. The Refugee Fo(...)

 US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley (seated) at UN headquarters in New York in June. File photograph: Mike Segar/Reuters

The US withdrew from the UN Human Rights Council on Tuesday after no other countries “had the courage to join our fight” to reform the “hypocritical a(...)

Arsenal players in the the club’s new shirt for next season. Photograph: Arsenal FC

Politicians in the Netherlands – which pays tens of millions of euro a year in aid to Rwanda – are up in arms over a €34 million deal between the Rwan(...)

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