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.
| |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
| |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
| |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
| |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
| |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*
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
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
| |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
| |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
| |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
| |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
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
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