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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 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
Widespread, systematic use of excessive force in Venezuela
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
DRC: Victims
DRC: Victims' harrowing accounts of massacres in Kasai
Victims describe massacres and mutiliations in the DRC's Kasai province where the violence appears to be taking on a disturbing ethnic dimension, aided by Government complicity - UN report.
4 August 2017
Liu Xiaobo: The definition of civic courage and human dignity - Zeid
Liu Xiaobo: The definition of civic courage and human dignity - Zeid
China's iconic peace and democracy figures Liu Xiaobo was the definition of civic courage and human dignity – an inspiration to human rights defenders everywhere - Zeid.
13 July 2017
Justice and reconciliation needed to heal Iraq’s wounds – Zeid
Justice and reconciliation needed to heal Iraq’s wounds – Zeid
With Mosul reaken by Iraqi security forces, Zeid urges real dialogue between communities to halt the cycle of violence and ensure ISIL’s crimes do not poison Iraqi society for generations.
11 July 2017
Civilians mustn
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
Is international human rights law under threat: a lecture on international day for victims of torture
Is international human rights law under threat: a lecture on international day for victims of torture
To overcome prejudice and uphold human rights requires a continuous investment of thought. The default flow in the minds of humanity may be reptilian; but the internal battle to overcome it is profoundly human.
26 June 2017
Zeid welcomes international investigation into DRC
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
Horrific violations in the DRC require independent investigation
Horrific violations in the DRC require independent investigation
"A landscape of horror": harrowing reports of violations in the Kasais, and the launch of a new militia, indicate the need for international investigation, High Commissioner Zeid tells the Human Rights Council.
20 June 2017
New NGO law deeply damaging for human rights in Egypt
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
UN human rights report maps 13 years of violence and impunity in the Central African Republic
UN human rights report maps 13 years of violence and impunity in the Central African Republic
Mass killings and other serious human rights violations have been documented in an extensive UN mapping report covering the multiple conflicts in the CAR between 2003 and 2015. Many of the violations may amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity, the mapping report states, as it sets out a strategy to fight pervasive impunity in the country.
30 May 2017
After more than half a century, a community receives justice
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
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