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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.

 

Zeid condemns upsurge in civilian casualties in Syria
Zeid condemns upsurge in civilian casualties in Syria
The suffering of the people of Syria knows no end, says Zeid, as he condemns the upsurge in civilian casualties in Eastern Ghouta and Idlib amid escalations in airstrikes and ground-based attacks.
10 January 2018
Zeid urges Iranian authorities to defuse tensions
Zeid urges Iranian authorities to defuse tensions
UN human rights chief urges Iranian authorities to respect rights of protesters, to investigate all deaths and serious injuries, and to take care not to inflame violence and unrest.
3 January 2018
Human Rights Day celebrated across the globe
Human Rights Day celebrated across the globe
Around the world, States, civil society, NGOs, celebrities, communities and individuals celebrated Human Rights Day with art, song, and performances. Here is a snap shot of a few.
22 December 2017
Israeli forces’ shooting of double amputee ‘shocking’ – Zeid
Israeli forces’ shooting of double amputee ‘shocking’ – Zeid
The killing of a Palestinian wheelchair user by Israeli forces during protests in Gaza against the US decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital is “ a truly shocking and wanton act,” says Zeid.
19 December 2017
Commemorating the Universal Declaration at its place of adoption: Paris
Commemorating the Universal Declaration at its place of adoption: Paris
"It is up to us", the High Commissioner said. "We need to fight back against discrimination, and uphold justice. The time is now, and the leader you are looking for is you."
10 December 2017
Values enshrined in Universal Declaration of Human Rights under assault, must be defended – Zeid
Values enshrined in Universal Declaration of Human Rights under assault, must be defended – Zeid
In his Human Rights Day statement, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein issued a call to all to defend human rights and uphold justice. "We must organize, mobilise in defence of human decency, in defence of a better common future. We must take a robust and determined stand."
7 December 2017
Myanmar: systematic attacks on Rohingya require international response
Myanmar: systematic attacks on Rohingya require international response
High Commissioner requests Human Rights Council to take steps towards international criminal investigations.
5 December 2017
Zeid urges Mexico not to pass internal security law
Zeid urges Mexico not to pass internal security law
Zeid calls for open and inclusive discussions on Mexico's security challenges, as he expresses deep concerns about a proposed law enshrining the armed forces' role in law enforcement.
5 December 2017
People of African descent face "deeply damaging" discrimination
People of African descent face "deeply damaging" discrimination
In Europe, North America and Central Asia, people of African descent endure pervasive injustice, the High Commissioner tells regional consultative meeting.
23 November 2017
Zeid hails conviction of Mladic, the epitome of evil
Zeid hails conviction of Mladic, the epitome of evil
Ratko Mladic presided over some of the darkest crimes to occur in Europe since World War II, Zeid says, hailing the conviction of the former Bosnian Serb army commander at the International Criminal tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia.
22 November 2017
Act over plight of displaced people in Darfur, Sudan urged
Act over plight of displaced people in Darfur, Sudan urged
Sudan is urged to pursue effective, transparent and durable policies to enable the 2.6 million people displaced by the conflict in Darfur to return home or reintegrate into host communities.
21 November 2017
Guatemala: Zeid urges renewed efforts to end discrimination
Guatemala: Zeid urges renewed efforts to end discrimination
Zeid highlights the stark inequalities and discrimination in Guatemalan society and voices support for those working to transform their society during his visit to the country.
20 November 2017
Zeid becomes first UN Human Rights chief to visit El Salvador
Zeid becomes first UN Human Rights chief to visit El Salvador
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights met President Salvador Sánchez Cerén, members of the Legislative Assembly, members of civil society and indigenous peoples during a first visit El Salvador.
17 November 2017
Zeid: Suffering of migrants in Libya outrage to conscience of humanity
Zeid: Suffering of migrants in Libya outrage to conscience of humanity
The UN Human Rights chief expresses dismay at the sharp increase in the number of migrants held in horrific conditions at detention facilities in Libya.
14 November 2017
Rights situation in Venezuela remains critical
Rights situation in Venezuela remains critical
The human rights situation in Venezuela deserves the attention of the UN Security Council, High Commissioner Zeid says, given the continuing violations and the potentially destabilizing influence it could have in the country and in the region.
13 November 2017
Mali: Human rights must be at heart of fight against terrorism
Mali: Human rights must be at heart of fight against terrorism
Mali must make respect for human rights and justice the cornerstone of the fight against terrorism, says UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Andrew Gilmour at end of a four-day visit to the country.
8 November 2017
UN report on Mosul: ISIL members should face “international crimes” charges
UN report on Mosul: ISIL members should face “international crimes” charges
A UN report concludes that ISIL perpetrated serious and systematic violations that amount to “international crimes” during the nine-month military campaign to liberate Mosul City in Iraq.
2 November 2017
Plight of civilians in Eastern Ghouta "an outrage" – Zeid
Plight of civilians in Eastern Ghouta "an outrage" – Zeid
The plight of people besieged in Eastern Ghouta is an outrage, Zeid says, as he reminds all parties to the conflict that they must allow the free and regular passage of food and other humanitarian relief into the area.
27 October 2017
Uruguay rights: Zeid highlights progress and challenges
Uruguay rights: Zeid highlights progress and challenges
Zeid recognises Uruguay’s rights record but highlights ongoing issues to be addressed, including violence against women, “inhumane” prison conditions and impunity for violations during military rule.
27 October 2017
Protecting human rights defenders in the Americas
Protecting human rights defenders in the Americas
The UN Human Rights Office and Inter-American Commission launch a new joint action plan to address one of the most pressing problems in the Americas: the protection of human rights defenders.
26 October 2017
Put human rights at heart of development, Zeid urges Peru
Put human rights at heart of development, Zeid urges Peru
Zeid urges Peru to continue its efforts to tackle poverty and inequality by strengthening the rule of law and the protection of human rights, so that economic development leaves no one behind.
25 October 2017
"It is up to us": why – and how – we must stand up for human rights
"It is up to us": why – and how – we must stand up for human rights
In a speech in New York, the High Commissioner called for more far-reaching advocacy for human rights law and values – for reason, principle and peace.
19 October 2017
"The shrinking of civil society space is not an accident of fate”: pushing back against attacks on human rights around the world
"The shrinking of civil society space is not an accident of fate”: pushing back against attacks on human rights around the world
Assistant Secretary General Andrew Gilmour’s speech to Front Line Defenders in Dublin.
18 October 2017
Upholding equality and dignity: the work of human rights officers in the field
Upholding equality and dignity: the work of human rights officers in the field
At the Third Committee of the General Assembly, the High Commissioner emphasised the scope and depth of work underway in countries.
17 October 2017
New UN report details brutal attacks on Rohingya in northern Rakhine State
New UN report details brutal attacks on Rohingya in northern Rakhine State
Brutal attacks against Rohingya in Myanmar's northern Rakhine State have been well-organised, coordinated and systematic, a new UN report based on interviews conducted in Bangladesh has found.
11 October 2017
The Deputy High Commissioner presents Martin Ennals award for human rights defenders
The Deputy High Commissioner presents Martin Ennals award for human rights defenders
Their standing up for us all is older than history". Mohamed Zaree of the Cairo Institute for Human Rights has chosen to remain in Egypt, where he faces a travel ban and criminal investigation.
10 October 2017
Building more effective health systems with a human-rights based approach
Building more effective health systems with a human-rights based approach
The HIV pandemic has taught us many essential lessons, the High Commissioner told the 2017 Social Forum in Geneva.
2 October 2017
Global standards for businesses to tackle discrimination against LGBTI
Global standards for businesses to tackle discrimination against LGBTI
An unprecedented new set of standards sets out actions companies can take to protect the rights of lesbian, gay, bi, trans and intersex people - whether in respect of human resources, investment, supply chains or marketing.
26 September 2017
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