Setting up a commission of inquiry on the human rights situation in North Korea is a breakthrough, the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights said.
The number of deaths in prisons in the Democratic Republic of Congo nearly doubled last year because of poor resources and sometimes torture, a report said.
Rape and sexual violence as weapons of war are becoming more commonplace as the Syrian conflict continues, a U.N. rights commissioner said.
The U.N. Security Council has failed with regard to Syria despite reports of systematic violations of international laws, the U.N. human rights leader said.
Egyptian protesters have a right to assemble peacefully in Cairo to call for an end to Mohamed Morsi's administration, a rights leader said Friday.
A U.N. report Wednesday called for an investigation of extrajudicial killings, abductions and disappearances in Sri Lanka.
Jihad Makdissi, a former spokesman for the Syrian Foreign Ministry, said Wednesday he's standing for peaceful change while living in exile.
Tunisia's move to democracy shouldn't be derailed by the assassination of political opposition leader Chokri Belaid, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon said.
U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said Wednesday's killing of a Tunisian opposition leader came at a time of increased tensions.
A U.N. official Friday expressed concern about increased violence against women in Egypt, particularly those taking part in protests.