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Everyone needs a place to call home
The UN human rights expert on adequate housing, Raquel Rolnik, presents new Guiding Principles on tenure security for the urban poor in her last report to the Human Rights Council.
The Human Rights Council’s 25th session opens in Geneva
At the opening of the 25th Session of the Human Rights Council, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay spoke of the daunting challenges, which lie ahead, for the full protection and promotion of human rights and highlighted the recent human rights achievements.
The right to privacy in the digital age
UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay describes a ‘blurring of lines between the public and private sphere” brought about by modern communications technology and the challenges this poses to ensuring effective protection of the right to privacy.
Assault on medical care: a distinct and chilling reality of the civil war in Syria
The Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria, in a special report to the 24th Human Rights Council meeting in Geneva has focused attention on the assault on medical care of the sick and wounded, as one of the “most alarming features of the Syrian conflict.”
“Unspeakable atrocities” reported by the UN Inquiry into the Human Rights Situation in North Korea
The chair of the UN inquiry investigating human rights in North Korea has called on the global community to respond to a situation which indicates a large-scale pattern of abuse that may constitute systematic and gross human rights violations.
Human Rights Council’s 24th session opens in Geneva
At the opening of the 24th Session of the Human Rights Council, UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay expressed her distress over the current human rights challenges throughout the world starting with the catastrophic situation in Syria, and highlighted the Office’s recent achievements.
Achieving equality for women in Tunisia
Women and men in Tunisia’s far-flung regions react positively to a campaign promoting the equal rights of women.
The UN Human Rights Office honours staff members who have lost their lives in the service of human rights
A memorial ceremony is held at the UN Human Rights office in Geneva to honour staff members who lost their lives in the line of duty.
A call for a moratorium on the development and use of lethal autonomous robots
UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Christof Heyns calls for a moratorium on the development and use of lethal autonomous robots.
Syria: “an intolerable affront to the human conscience”
The Human Rights Council holds its twenty-third regular session from 27 May to 14 June 2013 at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.
Combating child sex tourism
By 2030 the number of international tourists will reach an estimated 1.8 billion. Tourism, however, has a dark side and can be a potential vehicle for child abuse. Child sex tourism (CST) is a growing trend affecting millions of children around the globe.
A move to raise a healthier generation of kids
Human rights and health experts participated in an interactive dialogue on the challenges in achieving the full realization of the right of the child to health during the full-day meeting on the Rights of the Child.
Mistreatment in healthcare settings: when a carer becomes a torturer
The Special Rapporteur on torture, Juan Méndez, analyses forms of abuse in healthcare settings which could constitute torture.
Discrimination faced by rural women impacts negatively food security
The UN independent expert on the right to food deplores the negative impact of discrimination faced by rural women on food security, in his new report to the Human Rights Council.
20 years working for human rights
Two decades on from the World Conference on Human Rights in Vienna, the international community recalls it as a ‘milestone’ in the development of the global human rights movement.