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Armed drones: calls for greater transparency and accountability

Armed drones: calls for greater transparency and accountability

The Human Rights Council brings the debate on the use of armed drones to the fore, urging States to be more transparent and to promptly investigate allegations of violations.
Safety of journalists: States must act to end impunity

Safety of journalists: States must act to end impunity

UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay says States must act to address impunity: that every act of violence against a journalist that goes uninvestigated and unpunished is an open invitation to further violence.
Taking on the past: the Tunisian Truth and Dignity Commission

Taking on the past: the Tunisian Truth and Dignity Commission

Three years on from the January 14 Revolution, Tunisia formally establishes its Truth and Dignity Commission with a mandate to uncover past abuses and offer appropriate redress to victims. UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay welcomes the Commission saying it will help reknit the fabric of society and re-establish a sense of common destiny.
The right to take risks and make mistakes: equal recognition before the law for people with disabilities

The right to take risks and make mistakes: equal recognition before the law for people with disabilities

The Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities finds that all too often people with disabilities do not enjoy legal equality, which affects their capacity to make fundamental decisions affecting their health, education, work, relationships and political participation.
The UN Human Rights Office reports on the state of prisons in Tunisia

The UN Human Rights Office reports on the state of prisons in Tunisia

The UN Human Rights Office publishes a report, citing overcrowding as the major problem in Tunisia’s prison system.
Afghanistan: a pivotal moment for human rights

Afghanistan: a pivotal moment for human rights

Since 2001, there have been several human rights achievements in Afghanistan; however these gains remain fragile and many Afghans worry about how this year’s political, security and economic transition might impact the human rights of its citizens.
Civilians deliberately targeted in large-scale killings in Central African Republic

Civilians deliberately targeted in large-scale killings in Central African Republic

Deliberate killings of Christian and Muslim civilians continue with impunity in Central African Republic.
Tunisians seeking the right to the truth

Tunisians seeking the right to the truth

The United Nations Human Rights Office in Tunisia is working with the interim Government and various stakeholders including victims and civil society organizations, towards the establishment of a comprehensive transitional justice process that would promote the truth about the past, and provide reparations and justice for all.
"Hidden" victims: the children of parents on death row

"Hidden" victims: the children of parents on death row

The Human Rights Council, at its latest meeting in Geneva, has brought to the fore the human rights of children whose parents are on death row, urging States to provide appropriate protection and assistance.
Access to justice for indigenous peoples

Access to justice for indigenous peoples

A major new study finds indigenous peoples are more likely to be the victims of crime, to come into contact with police, be charged with offences and to serve time.
An end to mob justice in Haiti

An end to mob justice in Haiti

Perceived as an acceptable form of retributive justice, lynching is alarmingly recurrent in Haiti.
“Every citizen has the right to have a say”

“Every citizen has the right to have a say”

Several countries across the Middle East and North Africa turn to transitional justice principles to assist in the move away from authoritarianism to more democratic and inclusive systems of governance.
Rule of law without human rights is an empty shell

Rule of law without human rights is an empty shell

At a United Nations meeting on the rule of law, world leaders reaffirm linkages between human rights, rule of law and democracy and make pledges to strengthen the rule of law.
Protecting witnesses and victims: special measures for women and children

Protecting witnesses and victims: special measures for women and children

At a UN meeting on witness and victim protection, experts emphasize the importance of special protection measures for victims of violations that disproportionally affect women and girls.
Measuring justice and rule of law

Measuring justice and rule of law

As the UN launches tools to measure progress in strengthening the rule of law, a new study shows that justice systems continue to rule women out.
Human rights chief calls for accountability on her mission to Russia

Human rights chief calls for accountability on her mission to Russia

“Accountability for those in power is essential, if abuse of power is to be diminished, and public trust established” says UN High Commissioner, Navi Pillay, at the conclusion of her mission to Russia.
A cooperative effort to protect the human rights of stateless persons

A cooperative effort to protect the human rights of stateless persons

The UN Human Rights office and the UN Refugee agency cooperate in the Middle East and North Africa region to improve the lives of stateless persons
Protection of civilians in armed conflict

Protection of civilians in armed conflict

In a speech to the UN Security Council, Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay says key to protection of civilians in conflict zones is ensuring accountability for perpetrators