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 Man holds sign asking ending to state killing
Anti-death penalty protestor stands outside a prison in the United States of America.  Many murder victims’ families believe that responding to one killing with another does not honour the victim, said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon.

Death penalty victims’ families deserve respect, panellists say

As more nations move toward abolishing the death penalty, the rights and needs of victims and their families need to respected, said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon.
“This implies that all victims should be fully informed about such processes, which should be inexpensive and allow for the presentation of victims' views and concerns,” Mr. Ban stated in a message during the event Moving Away from the Death Penalty: Voices of Victims’ Families. The event took place during the UN General Assembly, taking place in New York this week.

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 High Commissioner meets with intersex activists in Geneva, Switzerland, 2015 © Michael van Gelderen/OHCHR

A step forward for intersex visibility and human rights

The UN Human Rights Office organized the first meeting of its kind for the United Nations to address the specific human rights situation of intersex persons in Geneva, Switzerland.

 (Destroyed buildings in al-Mleiha town just outside Damascus, Syria © Credit EPA/YOUSSEF BADAWI)

Crying Out for Justice: the Continued Plight of Syrian Civilians

The latest UN Commission of Inquiry report on the Syrian Arab Republic calls for urgent action to ensure the effective protection of civilians caught up in protracted fighting. The report, the tenth from the Commission, was presented during an interactive dialogue at the 30th session of the Human Rights Council.

Human Rights in the news

EU migration policy
Ahead of a key high-level EU meeting, High Commissioner Zeid calles on EU Member States to ensure that all discussions of migration policy are grounded firmly on the need to protect the human rights of all migrants.

Kunduz hospital bombing
High Commissioner Zeid Ra'ad says there must be a swift, full and transparent investigation into the "inexcusable" airstrikes that hit a clinic in Kunduz killing and injuring many patients and medical personnel.

Sri Lanka investigation report
High Commissioner Zeid presents the report of the OHCHR investigation on Sri Lanka to the Human Rights Council on alleged serious violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law during and after the armed conflict in the country.

Preventing religious violence
“Communication helps to overcome prejudices, prevent negative stereotypes and build –or re-build– trust in societies,” UN expert Heiner Bielefeldt launches a regional debate in Cyprus (7-8 October).

Zeid visits Mexico
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on Monday begins a three-day visit to Mexico - his first official visit to the country since he took office last year.

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