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 calls for immediate halt to DRC killings
Zeid calls on the DRC Government to act amid credible allegations of massive human rights violations in the DRC, including people being targeted by soldiers for their alleged affiliation with a local militia.
21 February 2017
| |Film festival: the road to safety
The 2017 edition of the Global Road Safety Film Festival marks 10 years of raising awareness of safety of the world’s road and preventing road traffic casualties and injuries.
20 February 2017
| |Ukraine conflict: End impunity for sexual violence
“What’s the point of saying what happened to me? No one will punish them.” UN report documents how survivors of sexual assault in the context of the armed conflict in Ukraine are often denied justice.
16 February 2017
| |Civilians in Yemen caught between warring parties
Civilians were trapped and targeted during fighting in Al Mokha, and there are real fears that the situation will repeat itself in the port of Al Hudaidah, to the north of Al Mokha, where air strikes are already intensifying, Zeid warns.
10 February 2017
| |Record number of child casualties in Afghanistan
Civilian casualties in Afghanistan reached a record high in 2016. More children than ever have been killed, blinded, crippled while playing with unexploded ordnance negligently left behind by parties to the conflict.
6 February 2017
| |Davos: Business leaders must stand up for human rights
High Commissioner Zeid calls on business leaders at Davos to use their considerable influence to stand up for human rights and to join in the fight to defend the global values that are currently under threat.
13 January 2017
| |"Stand up for someone's rights today," Zeid urges
"In the street. In school. At work. In public transport. In the voting booth. At home. On social media. In sports. Wherever we are, all of us can make a real difference," said UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on the occasion of Human Rights Day.
8 December 2016
| |High Commissioner Zeid Hails Peace Accord in Colombia
The UN Human Rights Office pledges "full and enthusiastic" support for swift implementation – building on years of strong, critical and respectful cooperation with authorities and civil society across the country.
29 September 2016
| |Zeid's Global Human Rights Update
Addressing the 33rd session of the Human Rights Council, the High Commissioner focused on trends that increasingly undermine the work of the United Nations – including attempts to block the scrutiny of his Office.
13 September 2016
| |Thirteen civilian casualties a day in Yemen conflict
A new UN Human Rights Office report describes Yemen as a country at risk of a systemic collapse. Because of the lingering conflict, at least three million people have had their livelihood destroyed and have been forced to flee their homes in search of safety.
25 August 2016
| |Zeid's visit to DRC
High Commissioner Zeid has just ended a four-day visit to the Democratic Republic of the Congo
21 July 2016
| |Burning Down the House
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights likens man-made climate change to being an arsonist burning down one’s own home. In this opinion piece, he urges solutions rooted in climate justice.
3 December 2015
| |Honouring human rights defenders
Human rights activist Ahmed Mansoor from the United Arab Emirates is this year’s recipient of the Martin Ennals Human Rights Defender Award. The Geneva-based award is presented every year to an individual who has an outstanding record of fighting against human rights violations.
8 October 2015
| |Central African Republic: the fight against impunity
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein is in the Central African Republic on an official visit to reiterate support and make a plea for support for human rights. During the four-day visit Zeid will meet with various representatives of the country’s transitional government, NGOs and internally displaced people as well as take part in a seminar on preventing impunity.
2 September 2015
| |All rise! The Moot Court is in session
The third edition of the Summer School on Human Rights ends in Kazan, Republic of Tartastan, with a Moot Court Competition based on the European Court of Human Rights.
15 July 2015
| |UN Human Rights Office researches abuses of Boko Haram
The atrocities and human rights abuses committed by Boko Haram are the focus of a special investigation by the UN Human Rights Office. The investigation, authorized by the Human Rights Council earlier this year, will interview provide background information for an oral report by the High Commissioner for Human Rights.
1 July 2015
| |UN Human Rights Chief opens new office in Seoul
The UN Human Rights Office has opened its newest office this week in Seoul. The Seoul office works on the human rights situation in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).
26 June 2015
| |Message is clear: Human Rights Still Matter
“Let the message go out that we will defend the victim and the voiceless,” said UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein. The message was given during his opening statement of the 29th Session of the Human Rights Council, taking place in Geneva this week.
16 June 2015
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