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Photographs of Khmer Rouge victims on display at the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum in Cambodia. A project there receives funding from the UN Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture.
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Rebuilding lives torn apart by torture

“Victims never want to talk about their problem. They want to stay silent. Through our project, we empower them, so they have an opportunity to regain their courage and talk,” said Sotheara Chhim, the executive director of the Transcultural Psychosocial Organization, an NGO that provides rehabilitation and support to victims of torture in Cambodia.
 
Chhim is one of 13 grantees who will be in Geneva this week to attend the meeting of UN Fund for Victims of Torture. The meeting provides a chance for experts and board members to exchange ideas and best practices.


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Children living on the street to receive special focus

The Committee on the Rights of the Child is developing a General Comment on Children in Street Situations. The Comment, which is a comprehensive review of how the Convention on the Rights of the Child can be applied to children living on the street, was prompted by a recommendation of a report by the UN Human Rights Office and the Consortium for Street Children.



 Woman crying during a “Bring Back our Girls” protest in Maiduguri, Nigeria, 09 May 2014 © EPA/STR

Human Rights Council calls for the investigation of the atrocities committed by Boko Haram

The UN Human Rights Council calls for the investigation on the atrocities committed by the Boko Haram insurgent group and its effects on human rights in Nigeria and countries of the Lake Chad Basin.



Human Rights in the news

High Commissioner in Burundi
With a series of pivotal elections scheduled to take place between May and August, Burundi is at a crossroads, says High Commissioner Zeid at a press conference during his mission to Burundi.

Bombing in Kabul
ASG for Human Rights Ivan Simonovic condemns suicide attack in Jalalabad killing at least 35 people, during his visit to Jalalabad.

Women in Senegal
It is time to break socio-cultural barriers that prevent Senegalese women to fully realise their rights, says the UN Working Group on the issue of discrimination against women in law and in practice.

Counter-terrorism and rights
“Human rights and freedoms should not be sacrificed for political convenience in the fight against terrorism” - UN experts urge strict adherence to international human rights standards.

Shared responsibility
The latest loss of life in the Mediterranean shows the need for all States to commit to a comprehensive rights-based approach to migration, the UN Migrant Workers Committee says.

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