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 Christopher Dube and Aleksandra Plesko of OHCHR discuss at the workshop, Cape Town, South Africa, June 2014 © OHCHR/ Samia Slimane
Christopher Dube, right, representative of the San community in Zimbabwe, and Aleksandra Plesko, UN Human Rights officer, at the regional workshop on indigenous peoples’ rights, Cape Town, South Africa, June 2014
© OHCHR/ Samia Slimane

Protecting the rights of indigenous peoples in Southern Africa

Indigenous representatives, staff of national human rights institutions, UN experts and civil society actors converge on Cape Town, South Africa, to build their capacity and knowledge of the avenues at their disposal to promote the rights of indigenous peoples in Southern Africa and protect their way of life.
 
At the workshop, the UN Human Rights Office and the Asia Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institutions, launch a new manual for National Human Rights Institutions on the application of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.


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 Policeman kicking a man on the floor in Quezon City, Philippines, January 2014 © EPA/ DENNIS M. SABANGAN

To protect life- the principle of law enforcement

Law enforcement officials should conform to international human rights standards while using force, says Christof Heyns, Special Rapporteur on summary executions.



 A man and his child bride posing together for a photograph © Stephanie Sinclair/VII

Child and forced marriage - manifestation of gender discrimination

Human rights experts discuss the causes and challenges of child and forced marriage, and solutions to end and prevent that practice.



Human Rights in the news

Human rights violations in Iraq
A UN report documents serious human rights violations committed by the ISIL and associated armed groups, including some that may amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity. It also documents violations committed by Iraqi security forces and associated forces.

Right to privacy in the digital age
High Commissioner Pillay warns that studies by her office and others have revealed a “disturbing” lack of transparency about governmental surveillance policies and practices.

Israel / occupied Palestinian territory
High Commissioner Pillay expresses alarm at the Israeli military operations resulting in the killing of Palestinian civilians in Gaza, as well as the indiscriminate firing of rockets from Gaza into Israel.

Political breakthrough in Cambodia
UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Cambodia warmly welcomes the political agreement reached by the leaders of the two main political parties, finally breaking the deadlock that has gripped the country for almost a year.

Indigenous peoples
A group of UN experts on indigenous peoples warns that the new UN Sustainable Development Goals must not be a step backwards for indigenous peoples.

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