Human Rights Council


Improve South Africa's UN role

Jorge Castañeda

At the United Nations this month, the spotlight will be on South Africa as the new president of the Security Council for April. At the Human Rights Council in Geneva in April, the country will also take centre stage as one of the first countries to participate in the new Universal Periodic Review of its human-rights performance.

UN human rights office in Angola to close

Staff Reporter

The United Nations will close its human rights office in Angola after the authorities there withdrew their cooperation, the office of the high commissioner said on Friday. Angola has ordered the office to cease its operations by the end of May after pulling out of talks to establish a formal agreement to regulate the rights body's work in the country.