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U.N. raises concerns about human rights records in over 40 nations

The U.N. human rights chief says that a quarter of all of humanity lives today in places that are affected by conflict, and unfortunately "it is civilians who suffer the most."

Protesters in Guatemala. The U.N. sees a surge of new human rights challenges.
The U.N. sees a surge of new human rights challenges notably in the digital realm and involving artificial intelligence and surveillance (AN/Shalom de León/Unsplash)

GENEVA (AN) — Killings, torture and other outrages are going on across dozens of nations fueled by wars and conflicts in places like Ukraine, Syria and Mali, the new U.N. human rights chief said in an appeal for peace.

Among the worrying situations, the U.N.'s Volker Türk told the U.N. Human Rights Council on Tuesday, are the "unparalled" repression of women in Afghanistan and "grave concerns" for large-scale arbitrary detentions and family separations in the Xinjiang region of China, which recently agreed to open "channels of communication" with the U.N. human rights office.

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