News in Brief 22 September 2015 (AM)

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A Wayuu woman with a child in the village of Pessuapa, Colombia. UN File Photo/Gill Fickling

More work to be done on indigenous issues

Serious gaps remained between the recognition of indigenous peoples' rights and the action to protect those rights on the ground.

That's according to the Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, speaking before the Human Rights Council in Geneva.

The Special Rapporteur said the situation of indigenous peoples in many countries was still dire and warranted the continued engagement of the international community.

The challenges facing indigenous women and girls were of particular concern, including widespread human rights violations.

States must protect all people, regardless of legal status

Migrants must be treated with respect, regardless of their legal status, the head of a UN delegation has said following a week-long visit to assess the situation of migrants in Italy.

Members of the Subcommittee on the Prevention of Torture just wrapped up a series of on-site visits to see first-hand the treatment and conditions of detained migrants in Italy.

The delegation also met with government officials and representatives of international organizations and civil society with a view toward preventing torture or other cruel treatment of detained persons.

Sustainable Development Goals to light up the UN

A spectacular light show designed to draw awareness to the new global development goals is being launched on Tuesday evening at UN Headquarters in New York.

Projections depicting the 17 new Sustainable Development Goals will be displayed on the UN building for the next several nights.

The projections come ahead of a summit this week, where world leaders will adopt the new development goals.

Veronica Reeves, United Nations.

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