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.
| |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
| |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
| |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
| |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
| |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
| |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
| |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 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
| |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
| |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
| |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
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