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 Relatives of the victims of the Rwanda genocide paying their last respects, in Murambi, Rwanda, 2005
“Genocide is the ultimate crime: a profound and whole-scale violation of human rights,” said UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay
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Calling for urgent attention to prevent the ultimate crime

Sixty-five years after the adoption of the Genocide Convention, the first human rights treaty of the UN system, and the necessity of the Convention is still recognized.
 
A high level discussion on genocide was organized at the Human Rights Council in Geneva to encourage States to redouble their efforts in preventing and punishing genocide and to discuss further how the goals of the Convention can be accomplished.


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 A Yemeni child appears in court to prosecute her father for making her marry a 30-year-old-man, in Sana'a, Yemen, 2008 © EPA/YAHYA ARHAB

Access to justice for children

“Access to justice is not only a fundamental right in itself, it is also a prerequisite for the protection and promotion of all other human rights,” said the UN Human Rights Deputy, Flavia Pansieri.



 OHCHR Management Plan for 2014-2017 © OHCHR

UN Human Rights Chief launches new management plan

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay presented the OHCHR Management Plan for 2014-2017 to Member States at the United Nations in Geneva.



Human Rights in the news

Own lives, own decisions
People with disabilities have the same rights as everyone to make decisions about their lives, a UN committee stresses in new guidelines on implementing the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Côte d’Ivoire / A call for consultations
UN expert Doudou Diène calls for broad consultations on the reform of the Independent Electoral Commission in Cote d’Ivoire “to prevent the country from falling back into crisis.”

“Protect South Sudan’s IDPs”
“Protection of South Sudan’s one million internally displaced is eroding amid persistent violence and deliberate ethnically targeted attacks,” UN expert Chaloka Beyani warns.

Ukraine report
Misinformation, propaganda and incitement to hatred need to be urgently countered in Ukraine to avoid further escalation of tension, a report from the UN Human Rights Office says.

Minority rights in Ukraine
UN Special Rapporteur Rita Izsák calls for stronger minority rights guarantees to defuse tensions in Ukraine and urges all parties to find a peaceful solution to the crisis.

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