UN human rights chief alarmed at increase of executions in Iran

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At least 66 people have been executed in Iran for various crimes since the start of the year, according to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay. Ms Pillay says she is dismayed that Iranian authorities have stepped up the use of the death penalty, despite her repeated calls for executions to be halted. Ravina Shamdasani, a spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights explained to UN Radio’s Derrick Mbatha why Ms. Pillay is alarmed by these executions.

Aung San Suu Kyi

Aung San Suu Kyi

Myanmar defends its human rights record

The Government of Myanmar has been defending its human rights record before the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. The Council has welcomed the release of the Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi from house arrest, but at the same time has accused the government of serious human rights violations. Patrick Maigua Reports from Geneva.

Reconnecting people and forests

Asia is making great progress when it comes to reforestation. That’s the findings of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization’s State of the World’s Forests report. It found that China, Vietnam, the Philippines and India have all seen their woodlands increase in size after switching from felling to planting. As part of the UN’s International Year of Forests, Jocelyne Sambira spoke to Eduardo Rojas-Briales, Assistant Director General of the FAO, about the challenges of getting more people to care about their forests.

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