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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.

 

Dialogue with the African Union, a "mighty force" for rights
Dialogue with the African Union, a "mighty force" for rights
During talks in Addis, the High Commissioner offered human rights expertise to help promote sustainable peace and development.
24 April 2018
"We need to be brave": HC hails the Amnesty International Conscience award
"We need to be brave": HC hails the Amnesty International Conscience award
"Despite the xenophobia, bigotry and nationalism metastasising across the world, I am confident we can come together to build societies that are truly strong -- because they are fair"
21 April 2018
The Universal Declaration works to stem the "insatiable machine" driving conflict
The Universal Declaration works to stem the "insatiable machine" driving conflict
Why is recognition of the inalienable rights of all human beings the basis of freedom, justice and peace in the world?
19 April 2018
Upholding rights through development is cost effective - and urgent
Upholding rights through development is cost effective - and urgent
At the World Bank, the High Commissioner said human rights monitoring and assistance boost the sustainability of development work.
18 April 2018
UN report details scale and horror of detention in Libya
UN report details scale and horror of detention in Libya
Armed groups in Libya, including those affiliated with the State, hold thousands of people in prolonged and unlawful detention, and submit them to torture and other human rights violations, according to a UN report published on Tuesday.
10 April 2018
Collective shrug to chemical weapon use in Syria outrageous – Zeid
Collective shrug to chemical weapon use in Syria outrageous – Zeid
The world – and in particular the veto-wielding States on the Security Council -- need to wake up, and wake up fast, to the irreparable damage that is being done by the normalization of the use of chemical weapons in Syria.
9 April 2018
International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
The embrace of diversity is the great marker of strong and stable societies; we can push back against the forces of hatred and violence.
21 March 2018
Profound violations amid Turkey’s state of emergency
Profound violations amid Turkey’s state of emergency
Staggering numbers of people have had their human rights violated under the routine extensions of the state of emergency in Turkey, UN report finds, including hundreds of thousands arrested and arbitrarily dismissed.
20 March 2018
“The Syrian crisis is breaking our world”
“The Syrian crisis is breaking our world”
In an Arria briefing for members of the Security Council, the High Commissioner demanded justice for perpetrators of "mind-numbing" crimes in Syria.
19 March 2018
Mexico: Torture and cover-ups in Ayotzinapa investigation
Mexico: Torture and cover-ups in Ayotzinapa investigation
Zeid urges Mexican authorities to continue search for truth and justice in the case of the 43 missing students, as UN report says strong grounds to believe people detained during the investigation were tortured and this in turn was covered up.
15 March 2018
"We are at a pivotal moment in history" - HC Zeid
"We are at a pivotal moment in history" - HC Zeid
At Geneva's International Human Rights Film Festival, the High Commissioner outlines major global issues.
12 March 2018
Honduras: excessive force used against electoral protests
Honduras: excessive force used against electoral protests
Members of the Honduran security forces used excessive – even lethal - force to control protests that erupted after the controversial presidential elections last November, new UN report finds.
12 March 2018
High Commissioner’s global update of human rights concerns
High Commissioner’s global update of human rights concerns
At the Human Rights Council, the High Commissioner spotlights more than 60 countries which have seen recent significant improvements – or negative trends.
7 March 2018
Syria crimes: Perpetrators must be held accountable – Zeid
Syria crimes: Perpetrators must be held accountable – Zeid
Syria must be referred to the International Criminal Court, Zeid tells an urgent debate at the Human Rights Council, as civilians continue to be pounded into submission and death by airstrikes and shelling despite Security Council resolution.
2 March 2018
The universality and inseparability of human rights are key to peace
The universality and inseparability of human rights are key to peace
Governance which serves rather than silences, and economic systems rooted in dignity, are the responsibility of every government, and underpin the legitimacy of every government.
28 February 2018
High Commissioner calls to end pernicious use of the Security Council veto
High Commissioner calls to end pernicious use of the Security Council veto
“It has been the honour of my life to have come to know many human rights defenders – to have worked with them, and for them,” High Commissioner Zeid tells the high-level March session of the Human Rights Council.
26 February 2018
Freedom of expression vital for peace in South Sudan
Freedom of expression vital for peace in South Sudan
People must be free to express opinions regardless of political or ethnic affiliations to achieve peace in South Sudan, UN report says, as ‘chilling’ crackdowns continue and millions suffer from conflict.
22 February 2018
Stop the “monstrous annihilation” of Eastern Ghouta – Zeid
Stop the “monstrous annihilation” of Eastern Ghouta – Zeid
How much cruelty will it take before the international community can speak with one voice to say enough dead children, enough wrecked families, enough violence?
21 February 2018
Afghanistan: 10,000 civilian casualties in 2017
Afghanistan: 10,000 civilian casualties in 2017
More than 10,000 civilians lost their lives or suffered injuries during 2017, with a high number of casualties caused by suicide bombings and other explosive attacks, according to the latest annual UN report documenting the impact of the armed conflict on civilians in Afghanistan.
15 February 2018
In Pacific Islands, human rights can help to navigate through challenges
In Pacific Islands, human rights can help to navigate through challenges
Ending discrimination will benefit everyone, the High Commissioner tells Pacific Island students
12 February 2018
Yemen civilians under fire from all sides - Zeid
Yemen civilians under fire from all sides - Zeid
Zeid voices alarms at how civilians in Yemen are under fire on all sides, as Houthi and affiliated forces carry out sniper attacks and indiscriminate shelling, and the Saudi-led Coalition continues to conduct airstrikes.
12 February 2018
Zeid urges international action as violence soars in Syria
Zeid urges international action as violence soars in Syria
Zeid calls for urgent international action after a week of soaring violence and bloodshed in Syria, saying the past seven years of conflict have been an “epic failure of global diplomacy”.
10 February 2018
Zeid visits Papua New Guinea
Zeid visits Papua New Guinea
High Commissioner Zeid calls on mining and logging companies to stop trampling on the human rights of the communities where they operate, and urges the Government to strengthen rule of law and combat corruption.
9 February 2018
Indonesia’s tradition of tolerance can prevail – Zeid
Indonesia’s tradition of tolerance can prevail – Zeid
Zeid calls on Indonesia to move forward on human rights, voicing hope that the strong tradition of tolerance of the Indonesian people will prevail over populism and political opportunism.
7 February 2018
Maldives state of emergency assault on democracy – Zeid
Maldives state of emergency assault on democracy – Zeid
The state of emergency in the Maldives has swept away the checks and balances and separation of powers necessary in a functioning democracy, potentially leading to a greater number of human rights violations, Zeid warns.
7 February 2018
In Asia, upholding human rights is crucial for peaceful coexistence
In Asia, upholding human rights is crucial for peaceful coexistence
Crackdowns, discrimination and other violations undermine the basis of sound development and security, the High Commissioner tells policy-makers and diplomats in Jakarta
5 February 2018
We remember and honour the victims of the Holocaust by upholding human rights
We remember and honour the victims of the Holocaust by upholding human rights
If humanity is to thrive we must uphold the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which was forged from the horror of global warfare and genocide.
26 January 2018
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