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 Protesters in the Philippines advocate for intensified efforts to combat human trafficking
Protesters in Mandaluyong City, in the Philippines advocate for intensified efforts to combat human trafficking
© Rolex Dela Pena, EPA

Human trafficking: a multi-billion dollar global business

From the young women who have been enslaved as prostitutes or abused as unpaid domestic workers to the men who have been trapped in everlasting servitude—victims of trafficking have frequently been made vulnerable by structural discrimination and inequalities, says UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay on the occasion of the first-ever World Day against Trafficking in Persons.
 
According to the International Labour Organization (ILO), about 21 million men, women and children today are coerced into various forms of forced labour.


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 The UN Human Rights Office indicators measure progress in human rights policy development and implementation © Paraguay Government publication

A best-seller: the users’ manual for implementation of human rights indicators

The indicators framework designed by the UN Human Rights Office to assist implementation of public policies, inclusive of the fundamental human rights principles, is fast becoming an essential tool for States, so much so, that the “how-to” Guide has become a ‘best-seller’.



 The UN Human Rights Council holds a Special Session to discuss the conflict in Gaza © UN Photo/Violaine Martin

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

Meeting in Special Session to assess 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.



Human Rights in the news

Pillay / attacks on civilians in Gaza
High Commissioner Pillay strongly condemns the 30 July shelling by Israeli military forces of a UN school in Gaza sheltering people fleeing the violence, as well as other attacks on schools, hospitals, places of worship and vital infrastructure.

New Ukraine report
A total breakdown of law and order and a reign of fear and terror have been inflicted by armed groups on the population of eastern Ukraine, according to a new report issued today by our Office.

Roma Holocaust 70th anniversary
On the 70th anniversary commemoration of the Roma Holocaust, two UN human rights experts urge all governments around the world to ensure the right to remembrance for the Roma people.

Religious freedom in Viet Nam
“Religious communities in Viet Nam should be able to operate also outside of the officially established channels for religious practice” – UN Special Rapporteur Heiner Bielefeldt

Kenya / right to water and sanitation
UN Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation calls on the Government to transform the constitutional rights to water and sanitation into a reality.

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