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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.

 

A human rights approach to reducing child deaths

A human rights approach to reducing child deaths

With more than 6 million children dying before their fifth birthday last year, health decision and policy makers are being offered a more holistic way to look at child mortality. The UN Human Rights Office and the World Health Organization (WHO) have designed the technical guidance for applying a human rights-based approach to improving child mortality rates. The guidance note was launched during the 27th Human Rights Council session.
Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein: the new UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein: the new UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, formerly Jordan’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York, takes up his post as the new UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.
NGOs urge US to implement recommendations of UN anti-discrimination body

NGOs urge US to implement recommendations of UN anti-discrimination body

United States NGOs discuss with UN Human Rights senior official discrimination in the criminal justice system, gun violence, indigenous issues and voting rights for racial and ethnic minorities.
A new approach to public spending

A new approach to public spending

The UN Human Rights Office in Mexico, the Ministry of Interior and the Executive Secretary of Mexico City’s Human Rights Programme have joined forces to promote a human rights approach to public spending in Mexico.
South Sudan leaders must bring the conflict to an end

South Sudan leaders must bring the conflict to an end

UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay expressed concern that neither South Sudan’s political leaders nor the international community at large seem to perceive quite how dangerous the situation now is. “How much worse does it have to get, before those who can bring this conflict to an end, especially President Kiir and Dr Machar, decide to do so?” Pillay asked.
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.
UN Human Rights Office advances human rights education in Mozambique

UN Human Rights Office advances human rights education in Mozambique

The UN Human Rights Office contributes a variety of human rights publications to the Eduardo Mondlane University’s new Human Rights Resource Centre in Maputo, Mozambique.
“Everyone turned a blind eye”- UN Rights Chief at Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum

“Everyone turned a blind eye”- UN Rights Chief at Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum

UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay commemorates the victims of the Nazi regime at the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum during her first official visit to Poland.
Human Rights history: a journey through the past 20 years

Human Rights history: a journey through the past 20 years

The UN Human Rights Office launched today a website on the 20th Anniversary of the Office and an interactive timeline of key events in the human rights field in the past 20 years.
Vienna+20: A new vision for human rights

Vienna+20: A new vision for human rights

The Vienna+20 high-level event, held at the United Nations in New York, brought together Presidents, Ministers, civil society, the Deputy Secretary-General and, for the first time ever, two former and the current UN Human Rights Chiefs, to reflect on the human rights progress over the past 20 years and the way forward.
Migration:  human stories that mirror rising global inequalities

Migration: human stories that mirror rising global inequalities

In the lead-up to a summit on migration at the UN General Assembly in New York, Pillay urges a switch in approach by policy makers from one which frames the movement of millions annually as an economic and political phenomenon to one which is based on universal agreement that every person is entitled to the full range of human rights.
Mandela’s strength and commitment: an example to all and a call for action

Mandela’s strength and commitment: an example to all and a call for action

Every year on 18 July, the United Nations observes "Nelson Mandela International Day" in recognition of the former South African President’s contribution to the culture of peace and freedom.
In the search for justice, the whole truth must be told

In the search for justice, the whole truth must be told

The UN Human Rights Office in Tunisia urges those working to establish a democracy in the country to deal with past corruption and economic crimes.
The Vienna+20 conference looks to the future of the global human rights movement for the next two decades

The Vienna+20 conference looks to the future of the global human rights movement for the next two decades

Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay calls on the global human rights community to stick with the hard-won fundamentals already in place and strive to bridge the implementation gap.
Vienna+20 – the future of human rights

Vienna+20 – the future of human rights

The Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action agreed at the World Conference on Human Rights in 1993 has been described as one of the landmark documents of the twentieth century. The global human rights movement reviews progress since and assesses the future.
Syria: “an intolerable affront to the human conscience”

Syria: “an intolerable affront to the human conscience”

The Human Rights Council holds its twenty-third regular session from 27 May to 14 June 2013 at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.
Fear of reprisals in the aftermath of Mali occupation

Fear of reprisals in the aftermath of Mali occupation

The UN Human Rights Office presents its report to the Human Rights Council on the crisis in Mali, amidst allegations of human rights violations committed by the Malian Army.
Women are powerful drivers of progress when free to claim their rights

Women are powerful drivers of progress when free to claim their rights

Inspiring women leaders share their personal experience on the enabling factors that have allowed them to assume positions of leadership at the 22nd session of the Human Rights Council.
Human rights in Africa: progress and challenges

Human rights in Africa: progress and challenges

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay highlights the progress and challenges faced in promoting human rights across Africa at Oxford University.
Stéphane Hessel – human rights champion dies at 95

Stéphane Hessel – human rights champion dies at 95

The Human Rights Council meeting in Geneva pauses and observes a minute’s silence for Stéphane Hessel, a man acknowledged as one of the world’s great proponents of human rights.
The Equality Imperative

The Equality Imperative

UN Human Rights Chief, Navi Pillay, speaks on addressing inequalities in the future framework for development post-2015, the target date for the UN Millennium Development Goals.
Between Free Speech and Hate Speech: The Rabat Plan of Action, a practical tool to combat incitement to hatred

Between Free Speech and Hate Speech: The Rabat Plan of Action, a practical tool to combat incitement to hatred

The Rabat Plan of Action to combat incitement to hatred, discrimination and violence, which was presented by internationally recognized experts, provides practical tools to States, the UN system, political and religious leaders, the civil society and the
Fighting FGM: Girls’ right to education versus traditional practices

Fighting FGM: Girls’ right to education versus traditional practices

One county in Liberia has succeeded in stopping Female Genital Mutilation practices by ensuring girls are not being pulled out of formal studies during the school year to attend ”bush schools".
High Commissioner pays tribute to civil rights activist Rosa Parks

High Commissioner pays tribute to civil rights activist Rosa Parks

On the 100th anniversary of the birth of civil rights activist, Rosa Parks, the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay says her spirit will continue to inspire collective efforts to realize our fundamental rights.
Your voice counts: Human Rights Day 2012 promotes participation in public life

Your voice counts: Human Rights Day 2012 promotes participation in public life

On Human Rights Day 2012, United Nations Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay says, “No matter who you are, or where you live, under international law, your voice counts.”
Human Rights Day: “My voice counts”

Human Rights Day: “My voice counts”

The High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay supports people campaigning for their right to be included and to participate in the public lives of their communities.
Rights Declaration is new bedtime story in Room Mate Hotel chain

Rights Declaration is new bedtime story in Room Mate Hotel chain

Spanish hotel chain, Room Mate Hotels, will place copies of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in its hotel rooms worldwide, starting 10 December 2012.
A story of Inclusion: Ramona Constantin’s struggle

A story of Inclusion: Ramona Constantin’s struggle

As a former migrant from Romania, Ramona Constantin has finally found her voice in her Manchester community and is working to help other Roma’s become active participants in community life.
“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.
Mohamed El Hor Abeidy from the Haratin community in Mauritania

Mohamed El Hor Abeidy from the Haratin community in Mauritania

Mohamed El Hor Abeidy says through his participation in the UN Human Rights office Minorities Fellowship Programme he expects to learn more about the UN human rights system “which will enable us to defend our rights without violating the rights of others
Minority Fellow Maha Rashed: speaking up for the rights of Al-Akhdam women

Minority Fellow Maha Rashed: speaking up for the rights of Al-Akhdam women

“They are isolated from society,” says Maha Rashed, of her own community—the Al-Akhdam minority group in Yemen. Rashed participated in the UN Human Rights Office Minorities Fellowship Programme in Geneva.
Combining modern and traditional systems to protect indigenous land

Combining modern and traditional systems to protect indigenous land

Patricia Wattimena works for the Indigenous Peoples’ Alliance in the Archipelago, an independent movement that fights for the protection of indigenous peoples’ land and resources.
Husam Abdullah Ali: human rights activist from Iraq

Husam Abdullah Ali: human rights activist from Iraq

“The right to language and education for all should be guaranteed,” says Husam Abdullah Ali, a 28-year-old human rights activist who participated in the UN Human Rights office Minorities Fellowship Programme in Geneva.
Fighting for the right to protect Māori culture

Fighting for the right to protect Māori culture

Right to land and protection of culture are key issues for Carwyn Jones, member of a Māori nation in New Zealand and a UN Human Rights Indigenous Fellow.
Defender of migrants rights returns to Mexico amidst heightened security measures

Defender of migrants rights returns to Mexico amidst heightened security measures

Migrants transiting through Mexico have regained one of their staunchest defenders, Father Alejandro Solalinde, who, after leaving Mexico, has returned safely to the migrant shelter he has run for several years.
Supporting women human rights defenders

Supporting women human rights defenders

“Although much progress has been made in realizing women’s rights, we must acknowledge that we still live in a world where women face serious inequalities in all spheres of life—at home, at work, in communities and in politics,”.
Commemoration of International Criminal Justice Day

Commemoration of International Criminal Justice Day

Every State has an obligation to protect its people against gross violations of human rights, and to address any violations that are committed.
Minority Fellow:  Enam Abuljalil El Asfour

Minority Fellow: Enam Abuljalil El Asfour

“I work at the national level to reduce the gap between the different components of the Saudi Arabian population and to flatten the differences between social groups,” says UN Human Rights Minority Fellow Enam Abuljalil El Asfour.
Making it safer to express dissenting views through peaceful assembly and association

Making it safer to express dissenting views through peaceful assembly and association

“It is astonishing how often States have violated the right of individuals to assemble peacefully, including by violating their rights to life and to be free from torture, rights which allow no limitation,” says Special Rapporteur Maina Kiai.