How we make a difference 2010
Defending the defenders: Human Rights Day 2010
In a special message sent to the Geneva 2010 Human Rights Day event Myanmar’s recently released Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi appeals for solidarity in the struggle for human rights.
Taking a stand against homophobia
UN Human Rights chief Navi Pillay renews call for worldwide decriminalization of homosexuality and action to counter homophobic violence and discrimination
Pedaling for a Greener World
Riding bikes between UN buildings in Geneva allows staff to contribute toward creating a greener global environment
Migration: a global governance issue
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warns that xenophobia is on the rise and urges the international community to search for smart solutions to an extraordinarily complex issue.
From domestic work to modern day slavery
The UN expert on contemporary forms of slavery highlights human rights abuses in the domestic work service industry, one of the largest industries in the world.
Human Rights and Trade
UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay calls for the international trade regime to incorporate all human rights.
Resolution 1325: Women, Peace and Security
A decade on, the international community assesses the impact of the first Security Council Resolution to specifically address the impact of war on women and their role in the prevention and resolution of conflict.
Ending the cycle of bereavement
The remains of her four daughters were returned to a mother in Colombia who had been unaware of their whereabouts for the past 10 years.
Human Rights and MDGs in Practice
A new publication by the United Nations Human Rights office showcases that a human rights approach helps achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
World Humanitarian Day
The international community pays tribute to the thousands of humanitarian workers who help those in need of assistance in crises brought on by natural and man-made disasters.
A special place for human rights
Ramallah public library in the occupied Palestinian territory of the West Bank now has a special corner dedicated to human rights
Knowledge for change in Nepal
The United Nations Human Rights office in Nepal helps protect the rights of indigenous communities near wildlife conservation parks across the country through human rights training
Haiti six months on
The focus in Haiti shifts from emergency relief efforts after January’s earthquake to fundamental reform and systemic change.
Human rights are key in relief efforts
To have greater impact, humanitarian agencies should place human rights at the centre of emergency response, human rights experts and relief actors say.
AIDS 2010: Rights Here, Right Now
The largest global AIDS conference now taking place in Vienna stresses that respect for human rights is a prerequisite to a successful response to HIV.
Protection of civilians in armed conflict
In a speech to the UN Security Council, Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay says key to protection of civilians in conflict zones is ensuring accountability for perpetrators
Indigenous expert mechanism holds 3rd session
Experts and representatives of indigenous peoples concentrate on the right to participate in decision making at the 3rd annual session of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
Girls have a right to know
The international community is urged to redouble its resolve to strengthen equality in education and ensure equal access to school for both boys and girls.
Human rights key to MDG success
Integrating human rights in their development strategies gives countries a better chance of achieving the Millennium Development Goals by 2015.
Embracing diversity at the World Cup
For UN Human Rights chief Navi Pillay the message of the World Cup must be that there is no place for racism and intolerance in sport.
Deal with the past, Pillay urges Kenyans
UN Human Rights chief ends a three-day visit to Kenya with a keynote address at the University of Nairobi on justice and accountability for serious crimes.
Pillay addresses ICC Review Conference panel
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay told delegates and fellow panelists taking part in a 3 June discussion on the Rome Statute’s core principle of ‘complementarity’
Human Rights Council holds urgent debate
Human Rights Council, meeting in Geneva holds an urgent debate following the Israeli military interception of ships carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza.
A year in the life of OHCHR
The UN Human Rights Chief presents her Office’s yearly report on its global activities and achievements and appeals to Member States for more funding.
New push to protect children
The UN is launching a new drive to protect children in all countries from different forms of violence.
Equal figures, equal societies
A seminar highlights the relationship between the collection of disaggregated statistical data and the promotion of equal societies in Latin America and the Caribbean
Vanuatu takes the lead
Vanuatu is set to become the first Pacific Island nation to ratify the Convention against Torture.
Debt relief for human rights
The banning of profiteering by ‘vulture funds’ may foster the promotion of human rights in developing countries
Freedom of Information: the Right to Know
The UN Human Rights office mobilizes in different countries globally, supporting “freedom of information: the right to know” – the official theme for this year’s World Press Freedom Day.
Guns for hire
UN Working Group on use of mercenaries urges support from international community for new treaty regulating activities of ‘guns for hire’.
A massive human rights deficit
In a report on poverty in Afghanistan, the UN Human Rights office urges a human rights based approach in the search for solutions
16 years on from the Rwanda genocide
UN Human Rights Chief, Navi Pillay remembers those who died in the Rwandan genocide. In 1994, hundreds of thousands of civilians, mostly ethnic Tutsis died as the result of a deliberate campaign of extermination
OHCHR in the field
The UN Human Rights office presents annual reports on the human rights situations in a number of countries to this year’s first meeting of the Human Rights Council.
Women and citizenship
UN Human Rights chief, Navi Pillay emphasizes the importance of equal access to citizenship for both men and women.
Blow the whistle – disqualify racism
On the 2010 International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay calls for a multidisciplinary approach to tackle racism in sport.
The right to the truth
The Human Rights Council is told that the development of the right to the truth is a fundamental element in efforts to combat impunity and prevent repetition of conflict and human rights abuses.
Realising the rights of persons with disabilities
At the 13th session of the Human Rights Council, UN Human Rights chief, Navi Pillay calls on parties involved in the emergency response in Haiti to take all measures to ensure the protection and safety of persons with disabilities
UN world report alerts to the condition of Indigenous Peoples
The UN “State of the World’s Indigenous Peoples” report depicts the stark condition of indigenous peoples in developing as well as developed countries. The publication also alerts to emerging issues which need to be addressed by Governments.
Haiti: Human Rights in Action
A special team from the United Nations human rights office and the UN Refugee office is in Haiti to help protect the quake-stricken population.
The Bambuti campaign to preserve their indigenous culture
Nyongolo Betto Mutimanwa from the Bambuti community in the Democratic Republic of Congo campaigns to preserve the unique culture of his people. Mutimanwa was in Geneva recently to take part in an Indigenous Fellowship programme run by the Human Rights off
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