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UN Human Rights chief Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein. UN File Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

Human Rights chief notes "encouraging signs" from North Korea  

The international community is now demanding greater respect for the human rights of people in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea or DPRK.

That message comes from UN Human Rights chief Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein speaking in Seoul, South Korea, where the UN this week opened a Field Office to monitor the human rights situation of the DPRK.

He said there have been "encouraging signs" from the North Korean government, including a willingness to engage more fully with the international human rights system.

FAO and Russian news agency to promote hunger and malnutrition issues

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and Russia's leading news agency (TASS) are working together to raise awareness about hunger and malnutrition.

They've signed an agreement to produce and disseminate Russian-language news and information on issues such as hunger eradication, food security, nutrition, climate change and sustainable development.

The UN agency has established similar partnerships with news organizations across the globe over the past several years.

A call to protect torture victims during migration

People fleeing torture who migrate to other countries should be protected from exposure to further trauma, a UN human rights expert says.

Juan E. Mendez, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, has recommended that authorities should immediately identify these people so that they can avoid experiencing ill-treatment or being forcibly returned to their home countries.

He also called for alternatives to detention and for reception centres to comply with international human rights standards.

This Friday, 26 June, is the UN International Day in Support of Victims of Torture.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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