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 New Special Rapporteur Ikponwosa “IK” Ero
“I considered that I had a unique combination of skills and experiences which could be put to good use at the service of my fellows with albinism,” says newly appointed Independent Expert on Albinism Ikponwosa Ero.
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New Independent Expert on Albinism Takes Up Post

“After years of work on the issue in the human rights arena, and having lived with albinism, I considered that I had a unique combination of skills and experiences which could be put to good use at the service of my fellows with albinism,” said Ikponwosa “IK” Ero.
Ero, from Nigeria, has been appointed as the first ever Independent Expert on the enjoyment of human rights by persons with albinism by the Human Rights Council. Her plans for the new mandate include the development of specific measures to help end attacks as well as a draft Model of best practices to promote and protect the human rights of persons with albinism.

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 Activists for LGBTI equality featured in a video to launch the Pacific Free & Equal campaign.© OHCHR

Promoting LGBTI equality in the Pacific

The UN Human Rights Office for the Pacific, along with other UN agencies, civil society organizations and diplomatic missions, launched the Free & Equal campaign to recognize sexual and gender diversity in the region and promote respect for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual transgender and intersex Pacific Islanders.

 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.

Human Rights in the news

Journalists targeted in South Sudan
“The frequency of attacks and violence committed against journalists and media workers in South Sudan is increasing, and has reached a critical level” – UN rights experts warn.

Guatemala / Genocide trial
UN rights experts call on the Guatemalan judicial authorities to “prevent any further attempt at interference, obstruction of justice or manipulation of the law,” as Genocide trial resumes.

Europe / Migrant crisis
“Let’s not pretend Europe’s response is working” – UN François Crépeau calls for a human rights-based, coherent and comprehensive migration policy with mobility as its central asset.

Freedom of religion in Bangladesh
UN Special Rapporteur Heiner Bielefeldt will visit Bangladesh to assess the efforts to eliminate root causes of violence, intimidations and vigilantism in the name of religion (31 Aug-9 Sep).

Sexual exploitation of children
UN expert Maud de Boer-Buquicchio visits Japan to assess the situation of sale and sexual exploitation of children, including the production and sale of child abuse material (2-8 September).

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