​​​​​How we make a difference 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.
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?
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.
Asma Jahangir: "A giant within the global human rights movement"
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein paid tribute to former UN human rights expert and human rights defender Asma Jahangir, following her death in Pakistan earlier this month.
In Pacific Islands, human rights can help to navigate through challenges
Ending discrimination will benefit everyone, the High Commissioner tells Pacific Island students
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.
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”.
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.
Victims of Nochixtlán: a cry for justice
A year and a half after a clash between police and protestors in Nochixtlán, Mexico left six people dead. The UN Human Rights Office in Mexico works with human rights institutions and victims to bring about justice.
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.
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.
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
Telling climate change stories for people and planet
An online platform gives everyone a chance to share their experiences of climate change and views on addressing its devastating effects.
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.
UN expert: despite medical cure leprosy causes stigma and discrimination
"For me it is so obvious, leprosy has always, through the centuries, been an issue with human rights violations," said Alice Cruz, the new UN Special Rapporteur on the elimination of discrimination against persons affected by leprosy and their family members. Cruz made her comments as part of the observance of World Leprosy Day.
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.
How to train cabin crews to identify trafficking victims
The UN Human Rights Office and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) develop set of guidelines to train cabin crewmembers on how to identify safely and report suspected cases of human trafficking.
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.
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