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 UN High Commission for Human Rights speaks with the Head of MINUSCA
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein arrives in Bangui, Central African Republic at the start of a four-day visit. He is met by the Head of MINUSCA Parfait Onanga Anyanga.
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Central African Republic: the fight against impunity

If individuals who are responsible for crimes are neither investigated nor held to account, it could erode any sense of collective justice and create a perception that a whole community is to blame, said UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein.
“Lack of accountability will generate feelings of cynicism and distrust toward the judicial and political systems and breed the idea that people need to arm to prevent atrocities from happening again.”
Zeid made his statement during a seminar on the fight against impunity which took place in Bangui, Central African Republic. The seminar is part of his four-day official visit to the country.

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 Flowers are placed at the bust of former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Sergio Vieira de Mello © Danielle Kirby /OHCHR

A tribute to those who lost their lives in the service of human rights

On World Humanitarian Day, UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights Flavia Pansieri honours colleagues in her Office and the UN who have lost their lives in the course of their humanitarian work.

 New Special Rapporteur Ikponwosa “IK” Ero © Christine Wambaa/OHCHR

New Independent Expert on Albinism Takes Up Post

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The UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression, David Kaye, condemns the three-year sentences handed down by an Egyptian court against three Al Jazeera journalists.

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