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UPDATE 1-U.N. human rights boss urges Saudi Arabia to allow free speech, assembly

(Adds EU speech in new paragraphs 5-6) GENEVA, Feb 26 (Reuters) – United Nations human rights chief Michelle Bachelet, in rare public comments on Saudi Arabia, said on Friday that people were unlawfully held in the kingdom and urged it to uphold freedom of expression and the right to peaceful assembly. Bachelet, addressing the U.N. … Read more

WRAPUP 1-UN warns Myanmar against harsh response to protesters

Feb 16 (Reuters) – The United Nations special envoy haswarned Myanmar’s army of “severe consequences” for any harshresponse to protesters demonstrating against this month’s coupin a call with the military leadership, a U.N. spokesman said. Despite the deployment of armoured vehicles and soldiers tosome major cities at the weekend, protesters demonstrated againon Monday to denounce … Read more

UPDATE 1-U.N. Security Council, states should consider Myanmar sanctions

(Adds details, quotes) By Stephanie Nebehay and Emma Farge GENEVA, Feb 12 (Reuters) – The United Nations SecurityCouncil should consider imposing punitive sanctions, armsembargoes and travel bans on Myanmar because of the militarycoup there, the U.N. human rights investigator for the SoutheastAsian country said on Friday. Thomas Andrews also said U.N. member states should imposebilateral … Read more