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New UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al Hussein, meets with members of the NGO community during a recent meeting

NGOs are heart of human rights work, HC says

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights praised the NGO community for its exemplary courage in the face of growing human rights challenges across the globe.
Speaking during the first meeting between the High Commissioner and NGO groups during the 27th Human Rights Council session, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said civil society actors are at the forefront of protection against the continuous onslaught on basic humanity and decency. He pledged to continue working closely with the groups to improve the human rights landscape for all.

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 A man points to a chalk board in front a group of children in a small classroom in China. © EPA Photo/ZHOU CHAO

Out of many perspectives comes one history

History and memorials are not the spoils of the victor. In a panel discussion held during the 27th Human Rights Council, Human Rights special rapporteurs discussed with guests and Member States the best way to ensure that history teaching and memorialization processes are being used as a way of fostering mutual understanding between communities so as not to repeat past wrongs.

 High Comissioner Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al Hussein addresses audience at launch of technical guidance note  © OHCHR Photo

A human rights approach to reducing child deaths

With more than 6 million children dying before their fifth birthday last year, health decision and policy makers are being offered a more holistic way to look at child mortality. The UN Human Rights Office and the World Health Organization (WHO) have designed the technical guidance for applying a human rights-based approach to improving child mortality rates. The guidance note was launched during the 27th Human Rights Council session.

Human Rights in the news

Five years on: impunity in Guinea
High Commissioner Zeid urges immediate, concrete steps to advance the investigation and prosecution of human rights violations, including killings, rapes and enforced disappearances, allegedly committed by security forces in 2009 against peaceful protestors in Conakry.

US, business & human rights
UN expert group welcomes Obama’s pledge to develop a national action plan to promote responsible and transparent business conduct, and calls for an all-inclusive approach.

International Day of Older Persons
“We cannot afford to leave behind hundreds of millions of older persons,” says UN Independent Expert Rosa Kornfeld-Matte to mark the 24th International Day of Older Persons.

Human rights situation in Eritrea
“The dire human rights situation in Eritrea persists,” UN expert Sheila B. Keetharuth warns after visiting Italy to collect first-hand information from Eritrean refugees and migrants.

‘Sealing’ EU borders to migrants
“Attempts at ‘sealing’ borders and preventing at any cost irregular migrants from entering the European Union will continue to fail,” warns UN Special Rapporteur François Crépeau.

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