News in Brief 3 November 2016 (AM)

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High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein called for action against what he called “pervasive violations of international law”. Photo: UN Photo

Human rights considerations for climate change treaty

The entry into force of the Paris Agreement on climate change should motivate countries to do more to tackle global warming, the UN Human Rights High Commissioner said on Thursday.

Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein's comments came in a statement released on the eve of the treaty coming into effect.

The Paris Agreement is the first universal binding agreement on mitigating climate change.

It seeks to limit the global temperature rise to below two degrees Celsius.

However, Zeid stated that there is "a clear disconnect" between the treaty's goal and climate action commitments made by countries.

He said that "gap" must be closed, while also calling for human rights considerations to be integrated into the way these commitments will be reviewed, verified and measured.

UN chief welcomes new Côte d’Ivoire Constitution

The adoption of a new Constitution in Côte d’Ivoire has been welcomed by the UN Secretary-General.

The Constitution was adopted following a referendum held at the weekend and the results were announced on Tuesday.

Ban Ki-moon noted that it addresses some of the long-standing causes of tension and divisions in the West African country.

The UN chief encouraged all sides to reject violence as well as refrain from using "inflammatory and incendiary language."

He also urged them to resolve any differences or disputes through constitutional means and to pursue a political dialogue that would lead to the holding of open, free and fair elections.

DRC urged to lift protest ban

Authorities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are being urged by three international human rights experts to end what they called an "unjustified" ban on protests in the capital, Kinshasa.

The ban was imposed in late September following a series of large demonstrations which left scores of people dead or injured.

The experts underlined that the rights to freedom of expression and freedom of peaceful assembly are guaranteed by international law and can only be restricted in very specific and narrowly defined circumstances.

The UN experts are also concerned about a National Dialogue agreement which took effect last month, resulting in the postponement of presidential elections beyond the constitutional deadline.

They feared that the agreement could be used to justify new restrictions on civil society groups, including violating their right to freedom of association

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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