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 (Woman walks in the desert with her two donkeys). © EPA/Rehan Khan
A woman searches for water in famine hit Tharparkar, Pakistan in 2014. Human rights such as the right to adequate water are threatened by climate change.
EPA/Rehan Khan

Climate change impacts enjoyment of human rights

“A human-rights-based approach to climate change allows us to identify the most pressing needs of individuals in a highly inequitable global society, where there are greatly differing social, environmental and economic levels of development,” said Flavia Pansieri, UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights.
 
Pansieri made her comments during the “Climate Justice Dialogue.” The Dialogue saw more than 50 representatives from the climate change and human rights communities discuss ways to bringing these communities closer together.


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 (Two Kyrgyz women lay out balls of salted cottage cheese to dry) © Credit EPA/Igor Kovalenko

Rise in unregistered marriages in Kyrgyzstan called “worrying”

Unregistered marriages are on the rise in Kyrgyzstan. The marriages, usually performed by a local religious leader, can put the women who participate in them at risk by undermining their rights and economic position, according to the UN Human Rights Regional Office for Central Asia. The office is working with local NGOs, and government officials to raise awareness of and to help curb the practice.



 (A group of Somali school girls, sit outside watching a football match) © Credit EPA/TOBIN JONES / AU UN IST

Attacks against girls’ education on the increase

A new report by the UN Human Rights Office looks at the increase in attacks against girls accessing education. The study, by the Women’s Human Rights and Gender section, found an increase in the number of attacks specifically aimed at girls trying to go to school. It makes recommendations for prevention and reparations.



Human Rights in the news

Myanmar
High Commissioner Zeid warns that Myanmar “seems headed in the wrong direction and needs urgently to get back on track” in a crucial year for the country’s democratic transition and long-term reconciliation.

Afghanistan / torture in detention
A UN report on the torture and ill-treatment of detainees in Government detention facilities shows some progress but calls for more effective measures.

A victory for freedom of expression
The UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression, David Kaye, hails the US Federal Communications Commission’s decision to protect net neutrality in the country.

Philippines / Right to food
“Philippines must prioritize food and nutrition security,” the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Hilal Elver, warns at the end of her first fact-finding mission to the country.

35 years against disappearances
The UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances meets in Argentina 35 years after its creation in response to dictatorship’s disappearances (2-6 March 2015).

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