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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.

 

"Stand up for someone

"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.
UN rights chief: Scale of civilian suffering “numbing” in Iraq

UN rights chief: Scale of civilian suffering “numbing” in Iraq

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein has called for urgent action to help the victims and survivors of the recent large scale attacks in Mosul and other ISIL-occupied areas in Iraq.
Celebrating the Human Rights Covenants at the UN General Assembly

Celebrating the Human Rights Covenants at the UN General Assembly

The Human Rights Covenants, now 50 years old, are our most precious legacy.
High Commissioner Zeid Hails Peace Accord in Colombia

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.
Zeid

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.
Zeid warns against populists and demagogues in Europe and U.S.

Zeid warns against populists and demagogues in Europe and U.S.

Zeid urges action to confront demagogues who blend fictional halcyon past with half truths and simplification, resulting in "the banalization of bigotry" and an atmosphere of hate that may slide into violence.
Zeid warns against populists and demagogues in Europe and U.S.

Zeid warns against populists and demagogues in Europe and U.S.

Zeid urges action to confront demagogues who blend fictional halcyon past with half truths and simplification, resulting in "the banalization of bigotry" and an atmosphere of hate that may slide into violence.
Zeid urges accountability for violations in Yemen

Zeid urges accountability for violations in Yemen

A report on the armed conflict in Yemen lays bare the dire situation in the country, calling the international community to action.
Thirteen civilian casualties a day in Yemen conflict

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.
Tragedy of Afghan casualties laid bare in UN report

Tragedy of Afghan casualties laid bare in UN report

A record number of civilians were killed or maimed in Afghanistan in the first half of this year – a third of them children.
Zeid

Zeid's visit to DRC

High Commissioner Zeid has just ended a four-day visit to the Democratic Republic of the Congo
At least 200,000 civilians trapped in three Syrian towns

At least 200,000 civilians trapped in three Syrian towns

High Commissioner Zeid rings the alarm about the increasingly desperate situation of at least 200,000 civilians trapped in three towns in Syria.
Ukraine: UN report on killings highlights “rampant impunity”

Ukraine: UN report on killings highlights “rampant impunity”

A new UN report describes the widespread killings that have taken place in Ukraine since January 2014 and highlights the very limited accountability that has taken place.
Hate is being mainstreamed - global update by the High Commissioner

Hate is being mainstreamed - global update by the High Commissioner

In a wide-ranging update to the Human Rights Council, the High Commissioner detailed concerns in more than 50 countries and situations, and outlined ways the Office can assist.
HC Zeid speaks out against hatred and violence at Cleveland law school

HC Zeid speaks out against hatred and violence at Cleveland law school

Accepting a award for Global Justice at the Cox International Law School in Cleveland, High Commissioner spoke out on hatred and incitement to violence by "overripe bullies". "There is a road to violence," he said. "And hate speech is on that road."
Ukraine: over three million civilians lack access to human rights

Ukraine: over three million civilians lack access to human rights

A new UN Human Rights Office report on Ukraine reveals violations and abuses of human rights through the accounts of witnesses and victims, especially in the areas controlled by the armed groups.
Fiji police receive vital human rights training to improve public image

Fiji police receive vital human rights training to improve public image

In an effort to integrate human rights in all aspects of police work, the Fiji Police Force participated in a workshop on human rights provided by the UN Human Rights Regional Office for the Pacific.
Burning Down the House

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.
New look to UN Human Rights homepage means easier access to human rights information

New look to UN Human Rights homepage means easier access to human rights information

UN Human Rights Office launches a new design for the homepage, which will provide greater accessibility and easier navigation for users.
The UN at 70: in celebration of peace, human rights and development

The UN at 70: in celebration of peace, human rights and development

The United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG) opened Ariana Park and some areas of the Palais des Nations to the public to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the United Nations.
Honouring human rights defenders

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.
Central African Republic: the fight against impunity

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.
All rise! The Moot Court is in session

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.
Zeid to Human Rights Council: “Boko Haram retains capacity to cause significant harm”

Zeid to Human Rights Council: “Boko Haram retains capacity to cause significant harm”

UN Human Rights Chief Zeid warns that failure to uphold international humanitarian and human rights principles in the fight against Boko Haram may jeopardize the population’s trust in national authorities.
UN Human Rights Office researches abuses of Boko Haram

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.
UN Human Rights Chief opens new office in Seoul

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).
Message is clear: Human Rights Still Matter

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.
“We need people with PH D level compassion”

“We need people with PH D level compassion”

“We need people who are kind. People with PhD level compassion,” said UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein. Zeid made his remarks during a speech at the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C. as part of an event looking into the causes of atrocities.
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.