Violence against womenUN expert Rashida Manjoo calls for sweeping accountability for acts of violence against women in Azerbaijan “to punish the perpetrators and those who fail in their duty to respond.” Arbitrary Detention in MoroccoThe UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention launches its first official visit to Morocco to assess the situation of deprivation of liberty in the country (9-18 December). Peru / Indigenous peoplesUN Special Rapporteur James Anaya will visit Peru from 6 to 13 December, to study the impact of extractive industries on the rights of indigenous peoples in the country. Mission to Brazil“As human rights, all people must have access to safe drinking water and sanitation” – UN Special Rapporteur Catarina de Albuquerque will visit Brazil (9-19 December). Right to food in MalaysiaAs Malaysia grows wealthier, it must ask a new set of questions on the right to food – UN expert Olivier De Schutter launches a fact-finding visit to the country (9-18 December). Alarm bells on ‘NGO laws’“Statute Law Bill poses grave threat to civil society and must be rejected” – UN rights experts warn of a growing trend in Africa and elsewhere to restrict independent groups. Mission to the BahamasFirst visit ever to the Bahamas by an independent expert of the UN Human Rights Council - Joy Ngozi Ezeilo to assess the fight against trafficking in persons (9-11 December). A call for bold food security policies“Bali package must allow ambitious food security policies” – UN Special Rapporteur Olivier De Schutter urges negotiators at the high-level WTO summit in Bali, Indonesia. Mission to Sri LankaUN Special Rapporteur Chaloka Beyani starts a five-day official mission to Sri Lanka to examine the overall situation of internally displaced persons in the country. Viet Nam / Cultural rightsUN Special Rapporteur on cultural rights Farida Shaheed calls for more space for people to express themselves in Viet Nam after first fact-finding mission to the country. "Argentina should audit its debt"UN Independent Expert Cephas Lumina urges the Argentinian Government to audit its external debt in line with the UN Guiding Principles on Foreign Debt and Human Rights. The right to privacyUN Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression Frank La Rue hails the UN General Assembly resolution on the right to privacy, but warns that this is just a first step. "At a point of near catastrophe”UN rights expert Richard Falk calls for urgent action to address the power shortage in occupied Palestine that has left 1.7 million residents of the Gaza Strip in a dire situation. The use of the word ‘Allah’UN expert Heiner Bielefeldt urges the Government of Malaysia to reverse its decision to ban a Catholic publication from using the word ‘Allah’ to refer to God in Malay. A dangerous quest for safetyUN Special Rapporteur Sheila B. Keetharuth warns about rampant human rights violations in Eritrea and calls for international protection of Eritreans refugees. Japan / Special Secrets BillTwo UN independent experts express serious concern about the Special Secrets Bill that would set new rules for the classification of information held by the Japanese State. Breaking the silence on impunity“Time to strengthen UN role to end impunity” - A group of UN independent human rights experts call on the organisation to adopt a more central role against impunity. Black Pete & SinterklaasUN independent experts call on the Dutch Government to encourage respectful national debate to promote understanding, mutual respect and intercultural dialogue. Violence against womenFirst visit to Azerbaijan by UN Special Rapporteur Rashida Manjoo to examine the issue of violence against women in the country - from 25 November to 5 December 2013. Slavery / Mission to GhanaUN Special Rapporteur Gulnara Shahinian will visit Ghana to assess the situation on the ground with regard to slavery-like practices in the country (22- 29 November 2013). No access to sanitationOn the first UN World Toilet Day, Special Rapporteur Catarina de Albuquerque warns that the sanitation target set by the MDGs is today the most off-track of all. Child protection call Five top UN child rights experts urge governments to prioritise and fund child protection in the post-2015 development agenda. Education, a global public goodUN Special Rapporteur Kishore Singh urges Governments to make education central to the concept of global public goods which is increasingly being discussed worldwide.