Executions in Iran 'alarming,' U.N. envoys say

GENEVA, Switzerland, March 12 (UPI) -- The use of capital punishment in Iran is 'truly alarming," U.N. special envoys said in response to the hanging of a child bride.

Civilians target of Darfur attacks, U.N. says

GENEVA, Switzerland, March 11 (UPI) -- U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said Tuesday there was a "disproportionate" use of force against non-military targets in Darfur.

Abuses continuing in Central African Republic, ICRC says

BANGUI, Central African Republic, March 7 (UPI) -- Even though the capital is calm, people elsewhere in the Central African Republic are living in fear, the International Committee of the Red Cross said Friday.

U.N. extends sanctions on North Korea

UNITED NATIONS, March 6 (UPI) -- The U.N. Security Council said North Korea remains a serious concern to international security and extended a mandate for sanctions for another 13 months.

U.N. human rights chief Navi Pillay worries about security overreach

GENEVA, Switzerland, March 6 (UPI) -- International security policies have created challenges for the protection of human rights, the top U.N. human rights official said in Switzerland.

U.N.: Muslims under 'constant threat' in CAR

BANGUI, Central African Republic, Feb. 28 (UPI) -- A U.N. humanitarian coordinator said it was difficult to find safe haven for members of the minority Muslim population in the Central African Republic.

U.N.'s Pillay calls for end to Venezuelan crisis

GENEVA, Switzerland, Feb. 28 (UPI) -- U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said Friday it's time for all parties to the crisis in Venezuela to move beyond "verbal aggression."

European Commission mulls best defense for cybersecurity

BRUSSELS, Feb. 28 (UPI) -- The European community needs a cybersecurity strategy that prevents the advantages of the digital age from misuse, a security official said Friday.

Cyberespionage 'chilling,' Navi Pillay says

GENEVA, Switzerland, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said Wednesday from Switzerland new communications technology could have "chilling" uses.

African force defends security role in CAR

BANGUI, Central African Republic, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- An African peacekeeping force in Central African Republic said it was working to ensure members of the minority Muslim population are protected.

U.N. laments Iran's execution policies

GENEVA, Switzerland, Feb. 21 (UPI) -- It's unfortunate the Iranian government of Hassan Rouhani continues to use the death penalty for non-violent offenses, the United Nations said Friday.

Dialogue, not death, needed in Ukraine, Pillay says

GENEVA, Switzerland, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said Wednesday what Ukraine needs is a national dialogue to resolve a political crisis, not violence.

China working nuclear channels in Pyongyang

PYONGYANG, North Korea, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- The Chinese government said Wednesday it was working to bring negotiating partners back to the table to discuss security on the Korean Peninsula.

U.N.'s Pillay blames Christians for CAR violence

GENEVA, Switzerland, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said Wednesday it was a Christian militia that was behind recent atrocities in Central African Republic.

Security Council failing Syria, Pillay says

GENEVA, Switzerland, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- The U.N. Security Council "is continuing to fail Syrians" trapped in the war-torn country, U.N. rights chief Navi Pillay said.
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Navanethem Pillay (Tamil: நவநீதம் பிள்ளை, born 1941; also called Navi Pillay) is the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. A South African, she was the first non-white woman on the High Court of South Africa, and she has also served as a judge of the International Criminal Court and President of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. Her four-year term as High Commissioner for Human Rights began on 1 September 2008.

Pillay was born in 1941 in a poor neighbourhood of Durban, South Africa. She is of Tamil descent and her father was a bus driver. She married Gaby Pillay, a lawyer, in January 1965.

Supported by her local Indian community with donations, she graduated from the University of Natal with a BA in 1963 and an LLB in 1965. She later attended Harvard Law School, obtaining an LLM in 1982 and a Doctor of Juridical Science degree in 1988.

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