UN human rights chief Navi Pillay said on Monday a ruthless campaign of "ethnic and religious cleansing" by Islamic State jihadists in Iraq amounted to a crime against humanity.
In her last address to the Security Council, the UN human rights chief sharply criticized the body for its ineffectiveness on Syria and other intractable conflicts, saying its members have often put national interests ahead of stopping mass atrocities.
Rajapakse also announced three foreign war crimes experts had been appointed to the commission to act as advisers during the probe.
A new UN investigation into allegations of Sri Lankan war crimes will intensify international pressure on its government.
UN human rights chief Navi Pillay on Wednesday urged India to ensure that perpetrators of caste-based sexual attacks do not escape justice.
Prince Zeid al Hussein of Jordan, a veteran diplomat and campaigner for international justice, will become the first UN human rights chief from the Muslim world.
UN human rights chief Navi Pillay on Monday condemned a series of "cold-blooded" killings of Iraqi soldiers and religious leaders by Sunni militants.
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay warned of "murder of all kinds" and other war crimes in the fast-deteriorating Iraqi war zone.
The United Nations warned today of an "alarming deterioration" of human rights in eastern Ukraine
Members of the 47-nation UN Human Rights Council approved the US-sponsored resolution by a vote of 23 to 12, with 12 abstentions, with India being one of the abstainees
India was of the opinion that it was an intrusive approach that undermines national sovereignty
Sri Lanka has rejected a call by United Nation's rights chief Navi Pillay for an international inquiry into alleged war crimes carried out during the country's civil war.
UN human rights commissioner has asked global leaders to refer North Korea to the International Criminal Court following a report documenting crimes against humanity in the country.
A draft U.N. resolution that some diplomats said suggested spying in foreign countries could be a human rights violation...
The use of chemical weapons has long been identified as one of the gravest crimes that can be committed, yet their use in Syria seems now to be in little doubt, said the UNHRC chief Navi Pillay.
His remarks came after UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said during the weekend that democracy was being undermined and the rule of law eroded in Sri Lanka.
Closer home, the government of India should find it morally difficult in repeating its standard lines of equal rights for Tamils, when it knew the ground reality was that of an a majoritarian regime that brooks no dissent.
The United Nations rights chief chastised the Sri Lankan government on Saturday, saying it is showing signs of heading in an increasingly authoritarian direction despite the end of a civil war four years ago.
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Tuesday visited parts of Sri Lanka's northern region which has been battered by 30 years of war between the Tamil Tigers and the military.
During her seven-day visit to Sri Lanka, Navi Pillay will meet with President Mahinda Rajapaksa and human rights activists and visit the country's former war zone in the north and east, where thousands of ethnic Tamil civilians were allegedly killed.