Girls take part in a traditional Shilluk church ceremony at a protection of civilian site in Malakal, South Sudan on March 31st, 2019. Photograph: Alex McBride/AFP via Getty

Seven years after civilians first rushed UN military bases in South Sudan, beginning an unprecedented scheme credited with saving tens of thousands of(...)

Environmental  activists protest as they hold a banner reading ‘Rich countries, Face!’ at the start of a plenary session during the COP25 Climate Conference. Photograph: Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images

Climate litigation against governments, corporations and fossil fuel companies continued to increase across the world during 2019 with more than 1,000(...)

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(...)

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(...)

Park Yu-ha, a professor at Sejong University, speaks to reporters outside  Seoul High Court today  after being  found  guilty of defaming former “comfort women”. Photograph: Kyodo News via Getty Images

A court in Seoul has convicted a history professor on charges of defaming victims of wartime sex slavery, known as “comfort women”, by saying not all (...)