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Human Rights Day 2012 - Feature stories

Many inspirational stories on inclusion and the right to participate in public life throughout this year have been featured on our website and can be found here.

 

Darker and more dangerous: High Commissioner updates the Human Rights Council on human rights issues in 40 countries
Darker and more dangerous: High Commissioner updates the Human Rights Council on human rights issues in 40 countries
“I am inspired by people standing up in many countries in defiance of the indefensible. They seek, not power or personal profit, but justice”.
11 September 2017
Zeid: returned migrants robbed, raped and murdered in Libya
Zeid: returned migrants robbed, raped and murdered in Libya
UN human rights chief says returning people to detention centres where they face torture, rape and other serious human rights violations is a clear breach of the international law prohibition of ‘non-refoulement’.
8 September 2017
Spike in Yemen fighting causes massive civilian suffering
Spike in Yemen fighting causes massive civilian suffering
A new report by the UN Human Rights Office documents mounting violations of international human rights and humanitarian law against Yemen’s civilian population, as the conflict escalates in its third year.
5 September 2017
UN report details catastrophic rights violations in Yemen
UN report details catastrophic rights violations in Yemen
High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein says it is crucial for an independent international investigation to be established into the very serious human rights and humanitarian law violations in Yemen - to put on notice parties to the conflict that the international community is watching.
5 September 2017
Battle for Raqqa must not be about defeating ISIL at all costs
Battle for Raqqa must not be about defeating ISIL at all costs
High Commissioner Zeid stresses that the battle to regain Al-Raqqa and Deir-ez-Zor from ISIL must not be waged at the expense of the lives of civilians trapped and besieged in these areas.
31 August 2017
Report: Protestors in Venezuela subjected to human rights violations and abuses
Report: Protestors in Venezuela subjected to human rights violations and abuses
A UN Human Rights Office report looking into the human rights violations and abuses during the protests in Venezuela over a four-month period shows the alarming increase in the use of force by security forces on protestors.
31 August 2017
Venezuela violations and abuses indicate ‘policy to repress’
Venezuela violations and abuses indicate ‘policy to repress’
The policies of the Venezuelan authorities in response to recent protests have been at the cost of Venezuelans’ rights and freedoms, Zeid says.
30 August 2017
Alarming deterioration in Rakhine was preventable, Zeid says, urging restraint
Alarming deterioration in Rakhine was preventable, Zeid says, urging restraint
Decades of persistent and systematic human rights violations against Rohingya Mulsims in Myanmar have almost certainly contributed to the nurturing of violent extremism, with everyone ultimately losing, High Commissioner Zeid says.
29 August 2017
Helping Iraqi victims of ISIL’s sexual violence rebuild their lives
Helping Iraqi victims of ISIL’s sexual violence rebuild their lives
Act now to help the thousands of women raped by ISIL in Iraq to rebuild their lives and ensure the children born as a result of such violence do not face a life of abuse, UN report urges Iraq’s Government.
22 August 2017
Zeid hails reform of rape laws in Lebanon, Tunisia and Jordan
Zeid hails reform of rape laws in Lebanon, Tunisia and Jordan
Zeid praises the tireless campaigns by human rights defenders that have led to the repeal of laws in Lebanon, Tunisia and Jordan that allowed rapists to avoid prosecution by marrying their victims.
22 August 2017
Kenya at critical juncture – Zeid
Kenya at critical juncture – Zeid
Kenya's political leaders should do their utmost to calm a volatile political climate. If there are claims about the conduct of the elections, they should be made through constitutional and legal means. Zeid called for civil society actors and media to be allowed to work without hindrance or fear of retaliation.
15 August 2017
Missing persons receive renewed attention in Kosovo*
Missing persons receive renewed attention in Kosovo*
The search for missing persons in Kosovo received a boost when the Human Rights Office of the UN Mission in Kosovo reached an agreement with Belgrade and Pristina authorities and the International Committee of the Red Cross to redouble efforts to find and identify remains.
14 August 2017
Widespread, systematic use of excessive force in Venezuela
Widespread, systematic use of excessive force in Venezuela
A UN human rights team has identified a pattern of human rights violations in Venezuela since April 1, amid mass protests, with a breakdown of rule of law and constant attacks by the Government against the National Assembly and the Attorney-General’s Office. High Commissioner Zeid says the responsibility for these violations lies at the highest levels of Government.
8 August 2017
DRC: Victims
DRC: Victims' harrowing accounts of massacres in Kasai
Victims describe massacres and mutiliations in the DRC's Kasai province where the violence appears to be taking on a disturbing ethnic dimension, aided by Government complicity - UN report.
4 August 2017
Liu Xiaobo: The definition of civic courage and human dignity - Zeid
Liu Xiaobo: The definition of civic courage and human dignity - Zeid
China's iconic peace and democracy figures Liu Xiaobo was the definition of civic courage and human dignity – an inspiration to human rights defenders everywhere - Zeid.
13 July 2017
Justice and reconciliation needed to heal Iraq’s wounds – Zeid
Justice and reconciliation needed to heal Iraq’s wounds – Zeid
With Mosul reaken by Iraqi security forces, Zeid urges real dialogue between communities to halt the cycle of violence and ensure ISIL’s crimes do not poison Iraqi society for generations.
11 July 2017
Civilians mustn
Civilians mustn't be sacrificed for rapid military victories
"The intense bombardment of Al-Raqqa over the past three weeks has reportedly left civilians terrified and confused about where they can seek refuge as they are caught between ISIL’s monstrosities and the fierce battle to defeat it,” High Commissioner Zeid says as he appeals for their protection.
28 June 2017
Is international human rights law under threat: a lecture on international day for victims of torture
Is international human rights law under threat: a lecture on international day for victims of torture
To overcome prejudice and uphold human rights requires a continuous investment of thought. The default flow in the minds of humanity may be reptilian; but the internal battle to overcome it is profoundly human.
26 June 2017
Zeid welcomes international investigation into DRC
Zeid welcomes international investigation into DRC
The creation of an international investigation into allegations of gross violations in the Kasai regions of the Democratic Republic of Congo sends a strong message to perpetrators that the international community is serious about bringing them to justice.
23 June 2017
Horrific violations in the DRC require independent investigation
Horrific violations in the DRC require independent investigation
"A landscape of horror": harrowing reports of violations in the Kasais, and the launch of a new militia, indicate the need for international investigation, High Commissioner Zeid tells the Human Rights Council.
20 June 2017
New NGO law deeply damaging for human rights in Egypt
New NGO law deeply damaging for human rights in Egypt
A repressive new law issued in Egypt leaves human rights defenders even more vulnerable to sanctions and reprisals than they already are. Muzzling dissent can only lead to further instability, High Commissioner Zeid says.
1 June 2017
UN human rights report maps 13 years of violence and impunity in the Central African Republic
UN human rights report maps 13 years of violence and impunity in the Central African Republic
Mass killings and other serious human rights violations have been documented in an extensive UN mapping report covering the multiple conflicts in the CAR between 2003 and 2015. Many of the violations may amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity, the mapping report states, as it sets out a strategy to fight pervasive impunity in the country.
30 May 2017
After more than half a century, a community receives justice
After more than half a century, a community receives justice
After more than 50 years, the Rastafari community of Coral Gardens in Jamaica have received recognition, recompense and an expression of regret of the human rights violations against hundreds of Rastafarians across the island. The UN Human Rights Advisor assisted the community in their advocacy to honour the commitment to justice.
26 May 2017
Airstrikes, ISIL causing civilian casualties in Syria
Airstrikes, ISIL causing civilian casualties in Syria
The same civilians who are suffering indiscriminate shelling and summary executions by ISIL, are also falling victim to the escalating airstrikes, particularly in the northeastern governorates of Al-Raqqa and Deir-ez-Zor.
26 May 2017
Landmark partnership with Microsoft
Landmark partnership with Microsoft
The UN Human Rights Office's five-year agreement with Microsoft is an opportunity to develop and use advanced technology to better predict, analyse and respond to critical human rights situations, and highlights the private sector's role in helping advance human rights globally.
16 May 2017
Violence and insecurity spreading in CAR
Violence and insecurity spreading in CAR
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein expresses grave alarm over the expanding attacks by armed groups against the civilian population in several parts of the Central African Republic in recent months, as well as attacks against UN peacekeepers in the southeast.
16 May 2017
High Commissioner Zeid visits Uzbekistan
High Commissioner Zeid visits Uzbekistan
High Commissioner Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said the human rights reforms initiated by the new administration in Uzbekistan could, if successfully implemented, have a transformational impact on the country's future.
11 May 2017
Moves to impeach Nepal Chief Justice an assault on human rights
Moves to impeach Nepal Chief Justice an assault on human rights
Zeid urges the Government in Nepal to respect the independence of the judiciary, and withdraw what appears to be a politically motivated impeachment motion against the Chief Justice, Sushila Karki.
5 May 2017
War-weary civilians at imminent risk of further violence
War-weary civilians at imminent risk of further violence
Women, children and men who fled violence in the Upper Nile region of South Sudan in the most horrifying circumstances are now trapped in Aburoc town, at imminent risk of gross human rights violations and inter-ethnic violence.
4 May 2017
Zeid calls for justice after more mass graves discovered in DRC
Zeid calls for justice after more mass graves discovered in DRC
The DRC Government must ensure there is a transparent and independent investigation into alleged human rights violations and abuses by all parties, Zeid says, after 17 further mass graves are found in the Kasais.
19 April 2017
Rape chants lay bare campaign of terror by Burundi militia
Rape chants lay bare campaign of terror by Burundi militia
A chilling video of Imbonerakure militia members in Burundi chanting a call to impregnate or kill opponents is an alarming indication of the militia's campaign of fear and terror, Zeid warns.
18 April 2017
Escalating erosion of the right to health is a critical human rights issue
Escalating erosion of the right to health is a critical human rights issue
Healthcare is not a privilege; it is a right, and it requires public policy. It is also a lever for everyone's economic, social and political advancement.
13 April 2017
Dangers of undermining international law and institutions
Dangers of undermining international law and institutions
We must stand up for the principles and institutions which protect us from chaos; or will our generation trigger a return to injustice, hate, war, imperialism and the oppressive exercise of naked power? - Zeid
5 April 2017
Preserve separation of powers, Zeid urges Venezuela
Preserve separation of powers, Zeid urges Venezuela
Zeid stresses the importance of the separation of powers for democracy and human rights, as he urges Venezuela’s Supreme Court to reconsider a ruling to strip the National Assembly of its legislative powers.
31 March 2017
Protection of civilians paramount as ISIL intensifies use of human shields
Protection of civilians paramount as ISIL intensifies use of human shields
High Commissioner Zeid urges Iraqi and Coalition forces to scrupulously respect international humanitarian law, to avoid loss of civilian lives, particularly given ISIL's cowardly strategy of using civilians as human shields.
28 March 2017
Two years of war, 13,000 civilian casualties in Yemen
Two years of war, 13,000 civilian casualties in Yemen
The violent deaths of refugees fleeing yet another war, of fishermen, of families in marketplaces, millions of people desperate for their basic rights to food, water, health and security - this is what the conflict in Yemen looks like two years after it began.
24 March 2017
National Human rights institutions link international law to local action
National Human rights institutions link international law to local action
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussien speaks with Beate Rudolf, chair of the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions during a recent meeting in Geneva. NHRIs provide an integral link between international human rights law and their countries.
17 March 2017
Undoing slavery
Undoing slavery's legacy of injustice and discrimination
The International Decade for People of African Descent, which will run until 2024, aims to honour and restore the dignity of people of African descent by raising awareness and sparking real change.
16 March 2017
International, impartial, independent: hope for accountability in Syria
International, impartial, independent: hope for accountability in Syria
Probably tens of thousands of people are currently detained in Syria. In a sense the entire country has become a torture chamber - a place of savage horror and absolute injustice.
14 March 2017
Serious rights violations in southeast Turkey
Serious rights violations in southeast Turkey
The displacement of thousands of people and the wholesale destruction of neighbourhoods in southeast Turkey during Government security operations are detailed in a UN report.
10 March 2017