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 Nareen Shammo is part of the Yezidi ethnic minority of Iraq
Nareen Shammo is an investigative journalist from Iraq and a member of the minority Yezidi community; She was part of the UN Human Rights Office Minority Fellowship Programme
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Fellow raises awareness of Yezidi Iraqi plight

Nareen Shammo, an investigative journalist from Iraq, came to the UN Human Rights Office with a mission – to raise the alarm and awareness of what was happening to her community in Iraq.
 
Shammo belongs to the Yezidi minority community in Iraq. She was in Geneva as part of the UN Human Rights Office Minority Fellowship Programme, where members of ethnic, linguistic and religious minorities spend five weeks learning how to use UN human rights instruments and mechanisms to assist their cause.


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 Brothers Said and Yarg both inherited the status of ‘slave’. But they escaped with the help of two anti-slavery groups.

Traditional slavery: Said and Yarg’s story

Brothers Said and Yarg both inherited the status of ‘slave’. They had no choice but to obey their master’s orders and were not allowed to go to school. They were also frequently subject to beatings. They were eventually able to escape and with the assistance of two anti-slavery organisations, they have been able to pursue legal action against their former master and begin their schooling.



 (A group of patients in iron cots in their rooms) © Credit EPA/SASA STANKOVIC SERBIA OUT

Taking a human rights approach to psychosocial disability

Getting the issues concerning persons with psychosocial disabilities or mental health problems dealt with from a human rights perspective has been the focus of work by the UN Human Rights Regional Office for Europe. A recent event of the “Forgotten Europeans” series looked at human rights challenges faced by these groups.



Human Rights in the news

Egypt protest deaths
High Commissioner Zeid is deeply disturbed by the death of at least 20 people during clashes between security forces and protestors in Egypt since Friday. He urges Egyptian authorities to take urgent measures to bring an end to the excessive use of force by security personnel.

Holocaust Memorial Day
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein marks the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust, urging all of us to resist discrimination of every kind so that all may live in liberty, with respect, equality and justice.

Zeid condemns abuse of UN expert
High Commissioner Zeid condemns the sexist, insulting language used against the UN independent human rights expert on Myanmar, Yanghee Lee, by an influential monk.

Housing for the poorest
UN expert urges the Government of Cabo Verde to prioritise measures to ensure the poorest members of society can have affordable, adequate housing.

Unity in diversity
UN rights expert urges Latin American and Caribbean leaders to use their upcoming summit to coordinate efforts to support the region's weaker economies.

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