UN Global Perspective: DPRK, religious violence and a tour of portraits of former UN SGs

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Marzuki Darusman. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

No improvement in human rights situation in DPRK

There has been "no significant improvements over the last 15 years" in the human rights situation in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK). That's according to the UN's Special Rapporteur on human rights in the country, who has presented his findings in a report to the UN General Assembly. I spoke with Special Rapporteur Marzuki Darusman and asked him about some of the ongoing and emerging human rights concerns in DPRK.



Heiner Bielefedt. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

"Climate of paranoia" fuels persecution in the name of religion

A political vacuum leading to a "climate of paranoia" helps encourage religious persecution and violence.  That's according to the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief, Heiner Bielefeldt. He has been reporting on abuses committed in the name of religion, during the past year, especially as they affect religious minorities, women and children.  May Yaacoub asked Mr Bielefeldt what kinds of human rights issues he had encountered over the past year.



Portraits of the Secretaries-General, UNHQ in NY. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

Portraits of former UN chiefs celebrate organization's values

The portraits of former UN Secretaries-General that are hanging in UN headquarters in New York serve to celebrate the organization's core values. That's according to an art historian and portrait expert who has been taking a look at the paintings of the seven former UN chiefs. As the United Nations celebrates its 70th anniversary, Daniel Dickinson asked New York University's Professor Kenneth Silver what he thinks of the portraits.

Presenter: Veronica Reeves
Production Assistant: Ana Carmo
Duration: 10'00″

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