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 The UN Human Rights Council holds a Special Session to discuss the conflict in Gaza
A Special Session of the Human Rights Council votes for an independent, international inquiry into the military operation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory
© UN Photo/Violaine Martin

An independent, international commission of inquiry to investigate the conflict in the occupied Palestinian territories

Meeting in Special Session to discuss the situation in Gaza, the UN Human Rights Council votes to urgently dispatch an independent, international commission of inquiry to investigate all violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights law in the occupied Palestinian territories from the start of the current military operation.
 
UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay, in her address to the Special Session, cited examples of attacks on civilian dwellings, and said there was a strong possibility of violations having been committed, which could amount to war crimes.


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 Christopher Dube and Aleksandra Plesko of OHCHR discuss at the workshop, Cape Town, South Africa, June 2014 © OHCHR/ Samia Slimane

Protecting the rights of indigenous peoples in Southern Africa

A new manual guides National Human Rights Institutions and indigenous communities in promoting the rights of indigenous peoples.



 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

Gaza / Occupied Palestinian Territory
Statement by High Commissioner Pillay, to the Special Session of the Human Rights Council on the human rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.

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.

Nigeria / internal displacement
UN human rights experts call for a swift and stronger response to the plight of some 3.3 million people displaced in the country due to violence since 2010.

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.

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.

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