Human Rights - New York
Visit to UkraineAssistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Simonovic has begun a 6 day visit to Ukraine, where he will be visiting both Kyiv and parts of the east.
Zeid on small arms and human rightsHigh Commissioner Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein briefs the UN Security Council on the human cost of the illicit transfer, destabilizing, accumulation and misuse of small arms and light weapons.
Protect Afghan civilians - SimonovicUN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Simonovic urges stronger protection for civilians in Afghanistan at the end of a seven-day mission to the country which took him to Kabul and the provinces of Nangarhar and Kapisa.
Bombing in JalalabadASG for Human Rights Ivan Simonovic condemns suicide attack in Jalalabad killing at least 35 people, during his visit to Jalalabad.
Visit AfghanistanAssistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Šimonović visits Afghanistan (15 to 21 April) to assess the human rights impact of the handover of security tasks to Afghan forces and increased ground engagements.
Mission to South SudanUN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, Ivan Simonovic, will visit South Sudan from 1 to 6 February to assess the human rights situation in the country. He will seek updates on progress in investigations of human rights violations and discuss ways to prevent further violations.
Human rights in BurundiUN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Simonovic calls on Burundi to ensure that human rights are fully protected ahead of next year’s presidential elections.
Ivan Simonovic in UkraineAssistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Šimonović announced the immediate deployment of a UN human rights monitoring team throughout Ukraine, including Crimea, to help establish facts surrounding human rights violations.
Uganda / homosexualityUN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay denounced the new anti-homosexuality law in Uganda, which she said would institutionalise discrimination and could encourage harassment and violence.
Appeal for restraint in EgyptIn the wake of escalating violence in Egypt, High Commissioner Navi Pillay calls for a prompt investigation into incidents that led to the regrettable loss of lives, and appeals on all sides to exercise restraint.
South SudanFighting in South Sudan has turned into a horrifying humanitarian and human rights disaster with mass atrocities committed by both sides, says UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Šimonović at the end of a visit to the country.
Music championsAward-winning US Hip Hop duo Macklemore ; Ryan Lewis join the UN ; Free ; Equal Campaign, adding their voices to the call for LGBT equality.
Guinea BissauAssistant Secretary-General for Human Rights urges the government of Guinea Bissau to strengthen its fight against impunity.
Uzbekistan rightsASG Ivan Simonovic welcomes rights progress in Uzbekistan but highlights continuing concerns including torture and arbitrary detention.
High-level mission to TurkmenistanIvan Simonovic, Assistant for Human Rights to the United Nations Secretary General, concludes his official visit to Turkmenistan, 24 - 25 May 2013.
Racism, the web and extremist groupsTwo key reports on racism and the internet, and the challenges posed by extremist political parties, movements and groups, by UN Special Rapporteur Mutuma Ruteere
Free speech vs. hate speechUN expert Frank La Rue calls for the deconstruction of negative stereotypes through critical discussions of religious and racial issues and more of understanding and tolerance
Markets and housing, a solution?UN expert Raquel Rolnik warns that millions of vacant houses plus an alarming rise in foreclosures and homelessness proof the failure of financial credit for homeownership.
Justice for all, including the poorest“Access to justice is a human right in itself, and essential for tackling the root causes of poverty,” says UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty Magdalena Sepúlveda.
Transitional justice“In the aftermath of massive violations, transitional justice is a powerful catalyst to strengthen the rule of law,” says United Nations Special Rapporteur Pablo de Greiff.
Using the law against defendersUN Special Rapporteur Margaret Sekaggya learns that legislation is used in a number of countries to restrain the activities of rights defenders and criminalize them.
Human rights in MyanmarThe UN expert on human rights in Myanmar said it is crucial to keep human rights on the agenda for Myanmar, particularly in light of ongoing violence in Rakhine State.
Mission to Bosnia & HerzegovinaUN Special Rapporteur Rashida Manjoo launches her first visit to the country to gather information on the issue of violence against women (29 October to 5 November).
Death penalty: the limitsDeath penalty, if retained, should be only permissible for ‘most serious crimes’ says UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Christof Heyns.
Protect the right of conversion “Violated in practice, questioned in principle,” UN expert Heiner Bielefeldt urges States to respect, protect and promote the right to freedom of religion in the area of conversion.
Israeli settlements / Business boycottUN Special Rapporteur Richard Falk calls on the UN General Assembly and civil society to boycott Israeli and international businesses that profit from Israeli settlements.
The tragedy of internal displacement“Internal displacement remains one of the world’s most significant human rights and humanitarian challenges,” says United Nations Special Rapporteur Chaloka Beyani
Corruption in the judiciary“Corruption in the judiciary threatens the rule of law and protection for human rights,” warns the UN Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, Gabriela Knaul.
Surprise visits key to prevent tortureAll States should have national bodies that can enter places of detention unannounced and unhindered, as a vital tool to prevent and eliminate torture, a UN expert body on preventing torture has urged.
Death penalty seen as tortureA ‘new approach’ that puts the death penalty in the context of the prohibition of torture is required, says the United Nations Special Rapporteur on torture, Juan E. Méndez.
Torture remains widespreadAs the UN Convention against Torture enters its 25th year, the Committee against Torture calls on States to translate their commitment to eradicate torture into action, with adequate resources.
High-level visit to MaliUN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, Ivan Šimonović will visit Mali from 5 to 8 October 2012 to undertake an assessment of the human rights situation in the country.
Haiti at crossroads Assistant Secretary General for Human Rights, Ivan Simonovic, has spoken of “encouraging signs in Haiti today”, but also of risks, at the conclusion of his four-day mission to the country.
DRC security and justiceAssistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Šimonović has raised alarm over the recent upsurge in violence in the DRC, stressing the urgency for security and justice reforms.
Pillay reports to HRCHigh Commissioner Navi Pillay presented her annual report to the Human Rights Council outlining a number of key human rights concern and progress made over the past year.
Syria / General AssemblyStates must “act now” to protect Syrian population, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay tells General Assembly
Pillay / Holocaust dayThe Holocaust reminds us of the perils of discrimination and intolerance, of how powerful the incitement to racial hatred can be, and of the importance of intervening early to prevent such a tragedy.
Pillay / Iraq's executionsThe UN human rights chief said she was shocked at reports that 34 individuals, including two women, were executed in Iraq in a single day, on 19 January, following their conviction for various crimes.
Pillay / GuantanamoPillay said she was deeply disturbed by the US Government's failure to close the Guantanamo Bay prison, and its entrenchment of a system of arbitrary detention through the new National Defense Authorization Act.
Haiti / police violenceThe UN’s human rights presence in Haiti urged the authorities to properly investigate and prosecute police officers suspected of unlawful killings and torture, following two UN reports into the issue.
Venezuela / judge detainedThree UN independent experts on Tuesday expressed their deep shock and concern at new and alarming developments in the case of Judge Maria Lourdes Afiuni Mora in Venezuela.
China / secret detentionUN human rights experts* on Friday denounced the continued secret detention of Gao Zhisheng, a prominent Chinese human rights lawyer who was arrested in 2006.
Chen Wei sentencingPillay expressed deep concern about the verdict and extremely harsh sentence in the trial of leading human rights activist Chen Wei, adding that this represents another serious setback for human rights in China
Children's rightsChildren will be empowered to complain about violations of their human rights after the adoption of a new UN protocol.
Freedom of expressionIsrael / OPT: UN Special Rapporteur Frank La Rue calls for full freedom of expression for minority views and dissenting opinions.
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