Rights of people with albinism
Published: 04 December 2014
Recently Tanzania has witnessed a spate of brutal attacks and killings of people with albinism, linked to myths and witchcraft. In an effort to protect this vulnerable group, the East African nation has rounded up children with the condition in 13 centers throughout the country. The Human Rights Office has voiced concern about the institutionalization and segregation of people with albinism in the centres. The UN Fund for Victims of Torture is supporting a local non-governmental organisation to provide psychological and medical services to victims of attacks.
Tunisia: Seeking the truth
Published: 11 November 2014
Tunisia is at a crossroads. The popular uprising three years ago brought the country to the limelight. The process of democratic transition began, but the challenges remain high. The people of Tunisia continue to live with the effects of civil unrest-- and a legacy of grave human rights violations. A new law on transitional justice has just been adopted.
Selfies for Equality
Published: 30 September 2014
In September 2014, more than 160 Presidents and Prime Ministers- and thousands of political advisers, activists and journalists - descended on United Nations Headquarters in New York City for the opening of the 69th Session of the UN General Assembly.Visitors were invited to stop by and have their photo taken while holding up a sign affirming their support for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people around the world.
Ban Ki-moon’s call to world leaders at the UN
Published: 26 September 2014
On 25 September 2014, foreign ministers and other high-level representatives of UN Member States met at the United Nations to discuss next steps in the fight to end homophobia and transphobia. Unable to attend in person, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon sent this video message in which he welcomed efforts to raise awareness of rights abuses against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex persons and called on those present to do more to address the problem.
Syria: Death toll rises
Published: 22 August 2014
The death toll in Syria's three-year conflict has nearly doubled in a year, rising to 191,369 people reported killed between March 2011 and the end of April 2014, a United Nations Human Rights report has said.
Open wounds - healing torture victims from Syria
Published: 24 June 2014
Torture has been documented as a weapon of war in Syria, and the United Nations Human Rights Office through its Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture, is assisting victims access the much needed rehabilitation services.
Brazil: The water and waste warrior
Published: 13 June 2014
Clean water for drinking, cooking and washing is beyond the reach of hundreds of millions -- and about a third of the world's population don't have access to good sanitation. But the sheer scale of the problem doesn't stop one woman who's on a mission to see that everyone has safe water.
The Welcome - United Nations Free & Equal
Published: 29 April 2014
The United Nations Free & Equal campaign presents the first-ever Bollywood music video for gay rights, featuring Bollywood actress and UN Equality Champion Celina Jaitly. Share if you believe everyone should be welcomed into their family's hearts, regardless of their sexual orientation.
Cote d'Ivoire 2015 presidential election - test on democracy
Published: 27 March 2014
United Nations Independent Expert on the human rights situation in Cote d'Ivoire, Doudou Diene has expressed concern over unresolved issues in the national reconciliation process of the West African country - ahead of the presidential elections in 2015.
Food security - Re-invest in local food production
Published: 14 March 2014
Olivier De Schutter UN Human Rights Council Special Rapporteur on
the right to food presents his final report to the Council. He emphasised on the need to support small-scale farmers to ensure countries 'feed themselves.’10 March, 2014