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 Destruction in Mosul, Iraq
Iraqis stand in the debris of a house after an air raid in Mosul, an Iraqi city controlled by ISIL.

Living in a state of fear

The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has engaged in widespread and systematic human rights violations of the most serious kinds in the Syrian Arab Republic and Iraq, which may amount to genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity, according to a report by Ben Emmerson, UN Special Rapporteur on countering terrorism.
Civilians living under ISIL have also suffered from the airstrikes conducted by the international coalition of States, led by the United States. These military operations against ISIL must be transparent and accountable, so that any civilian death resulting from these operations is promptly, independently and impartiality investigated.

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 (Child looks out the window of a mud hut. © Credit EPA/RAINER JENSEN)

Greater ambition needed to improve financing for development

Financing for development is not dependent on money as much as it is on will, ambition and compassion. In a statement read on his behalf on the last day of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein called on States, civil society, private business interests and others to seize the opportunity to provide freedom from fear and want to people across the world.

 Bangladeshi indigenous girls perform traditional dance © EPA/ABIR ABDULLAH

Protection of cultural heritage must include views of indigenous peoples

The voices of indigenous peoples need to be heard during all aspects of current and future negotiations on sustainable development and human rights, said UN High Commissioner on Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussien. Zeid made his comments during the Eighth session of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which took place in Geneva.

Human Rights in the news

Fighting human trafficking
“Fighting human trafficking is not just about law enforcement” – UN Special Rapporteur Maria Grazia Giammarinaro calls for sweeping changes in policy and on perception of trafficking.

Pakistan / Death penalty
UN rights experts urge Pakistan to halt ongoing surge in executions and to reinstate moratorium on death penalty. Over 8,000 people are currently on death row across the country.

Israel / Force-feeding
UN human rights experts urge the Israeli authorities to halt the legalization of force feeding and medical treatment of prisoners and detainees on hunger strike against their will.

Mission to Brazil
UN Special Rapporteur on torture, Juan E. Méndez, will visit Brazil from 3 to 14 August to identify and assess the main challenges related to torture and ill-treatment in the country.

Fears of arbitrary deportation
The UN Working Group on People of African Descent urges Dominican Republic to prevent arbitrary deportations and address allegations of racial profiling of people of Haitian descent.

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