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 New Special Rapporteur Ikponwosa “IK” Ero
“I considered that I had a unique combination of skills and experiences which could be put to good use at the service of my fellows with albinism,” says newly appointed Independent Expert on Albinism Ikponwosa Ero.
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New Independent Expert on Albinism Takes Up Post

“After years of work on the issue in the human rights arena, and having lived with albinism, I considered that I had a unique combination of skills and experiences which could be put to good use at the service of my fellows with albinism,” said Ikponwosa “IK” Ero.
Ero, from Nigeria, has been appointed as the first ever Independent Expert on the enjoyment of human rights by persons with albinism by the Human Rights Council. Her plans for the new mandate include the development of specific measures to help end attacks as well as a draft Model of best practices to promote and protect the human rights of persons with albinism.

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 Activists for LGBTI equality featured in a video to launch the Pacific Free & Equal campaign.© OHCHR

Promoting LGBTI equality in the Pacific

The UN Human Rights Office for the Pacific, along with other UN agencies, civil society organizations and diplomatic missions, launched the Free & Equal campaign to recognize sexual and gender diversity in the region and promote respect for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual transgender and intersex Pacific Islanders.

 Flowers are placed at the bust of former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Sergio Vieira de Mello © Danielle Kirby /OHCHR

A tribute to those who lost their lives in the service of human rights

On World Humanitarian Day, UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights Flavia Pansieri honours colleagues in her Office and the UN who have lost their lives in the course of their humanitarian work.

Human Rights in the news

Zeid visits Central African Republic
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on Tuesday begins a four-day visit to the Central African Republic.

Egypt / Al Jazeera trial
The UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression, David Kaye, condemns the three-year sentences handed down by an Egyptian court against three Al Jazeera journalists.

Rights defenders in Kazakhstan
UN rights expert Maina Kiai urges Kazakhstan to release and drop all charges against civil society activist Ermek Narymbaev, and to end what appears to be the criminalization of peaceful protests.

20 lashes for ‘indecent dressing’
Female Sudanese student Ferdous Al Toum has been sentenced to public flogging and a heavy fine for ‘indecent dressing’. UN rights experts urge Sudan to overturn such “outrageous conviction”.

“Time is of the essence”
On the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances (Sunday 30 August), two UN expert groups call for global rules for the immediate search of the disappeared.

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