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 The pilotless ‘Heron’ drone can fly more than 24 hours at a time
The pilotless ‘Heron’ drone can fly more than 24 hours at a time; The 27th session of the Human Rights Council canvassed the use of unmanned armed drones and expressed concern at the resulting human rights violations
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Armed drones: calls for greater transparency and accountability

The use of remotely piloted aircraft or armed drones has grown exponentially in counter-terrorism measures and military operations. The human rights impact on individuals and communities is grave and wide ranging.
 
The Human Rights Council brings the debate on this issue to the fore, urging States to be more transparent and to promptly investigate allegations of violations.


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 The colors of the Amazigh (Berber) flag painted on the hand of a person participating in a rally in Algeria © EPA/MOHAMED MESSARA

Kamira Nait Sid: advocating for the rights of the Amazigh people in Algeria

Kamira Nait Sid, a participant in the 2014 Indigenous Fellowship Programme of the UN Human Rights Office in Geneva, promotes the Amazigh language, culture and identity in Algeria.



 Mexican human rights attorney Alejandra Ancheita, receives the 2014 Martin Ennals Award from UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein © Martin Ennals Foundation

Mexican attorney receives top human rights defender award

Mexican human rights attorney Alejandra Ancheita is the latest recipient of the Martin Ennals Human Rights Defender Award. The Geneva-based award is granted annually to a person who has an exceptional record of fighting against human rights violations.



Human Rights in the news

Zeid condemns DRC threats
UN human rights chief condemns the DRC's decision to expel his top official and calls for an end to threats made against other human rights staff in the country.

Iraq death penalty use 'alarming'
A report by the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights documents the alarming rise in executions in Iraq since the death penalty was restored in the country in 2005.

Concern over Venezuela detainees
Zeid calls on the Venezuelan authorities to immediately release opposition leader Leopoldo López and dozens of other people arrested during public protests since February 2014.

Iraq atrocities
Senior UN human rights official, speaking at the end of a mission to Iraq, voices extreme concern at the dramatic human rights consequences of the actions of ISIL and associated armed groups.

Zeid Press Conference
High Commissioner Zeid briefs journalists on the difficult financial situation of the UN Human Rights Office, as well as addressing human rights issues around the "twin plagues" of Ebola and ISIL and paying tribute to human rights defenders around the world.

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