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 A woman stands between two men dressed in Indian wedding clothes. It is a still shot from a Bollywood video made for the Free and Equal campaign
Still shot from “The Welcome” a Bollywood-style video that is part of the Free and Equal campaign on LGBT rights
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One Year. One Campaign. One Billion People

Last year, the UN Human Rights Office launched an unprecedented campaign to combat homophobia and transphobia worldwide: Free & Equal. In the past year, the campaign has reached more than a billion people, and millions have watched and campaign videos and read and posted materials online. Watch our latest video, “UN Free & Equal: A Billion Rising,” for the story of a campaign that has gone global.

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Protecting children’s rights in the digital age

Children’s rights in the digital age are the focus of a day -long discussion organised by UN child rights committee.

 Zeid Ra'ad Zeid al-Hussein, UN Human Rights Chief, at the 27th session of the Human Rights Council, 8 September 2014 © UN Photo / Jean-Marc Ferré

UN Human Rights Chief Zeid addresses the 27th Human Rights Council session

In his first speech to the Human Rights Council, High Commissioner Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein addresses global human rights challenges and priority areas for his tenure.

Human Rights in the news

No impunity for migrant murder
High Commissioner Zeid urges Egypt and other North African and European States to make a concerted effort to bring to justice the people smugglers who allegedly deliberately sank a boat causing hundreds of refugees and migrants to die in the Mediterranean.

Preventable child deaths - Zeid
High Commissioner Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein warns States of their moral and legal responsibility to take measures to reduce, and ultimately eliminate, preventable mortality and morbidity of children. Each year 6 million children under five die, 50% of them of preventable causes.

Ethiopia anti-terrorism laws
UN human rights experts call on the Government of Ethiopia to stop misusing anti-terrorism legislation to curb freedoms of expression and association in the country.

Dementia abuse
States need to do more to protect older people affected by dementia from discrimination and neglect, the UN Expert on the rights of older persons says in comments for World Alzheimer's Day.

Palestinian territories - expert visit
The new United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967, Makarim Wibisono, will undertake his first official visit to the region from 20 to 28 September.

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