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 Group of people waiting in line to be registered
A member of the Electoral Tribunal registers members of the indigenous Ngäbe-Bugle people who practiced a strict form of the Mama Tata religion. It was estimated that up to 12,000 people in remote regions of the Comarca may not have their births registered.
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A name, a nationality, an identity: Registering Indigenous Peoples in Panama

Hundreds of Ngäbe-Bugle indigenous people of Mama Tata religion in Panama are having their birth details registered for the first time. People have had their photos taken and details added to the country’s civil register.
Some Mama Tata communities have traditionally refused to have their births formally registered, which left them unable to access government services. Now, the UN Human Rights Office for Central America and the Panama Electoral Tribunal are helping to register them, while respecting their cultural rights.

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 Ban Ki-Moon with ministers and other delegates at UN headquarters in New York, 29 September 2015 © UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

UN chief on LGBT rights: “Leave no one behind”

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon calls on Governments to use the newly-adopted Sustainable Development Goals to end the marginalization and exclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

 UN Deputy High Commissioner Flavia Pansieri presents the 2015 Martin Ennals Award. © P. Lopreno/Ville de Genève

Honouring human rights defenders

Human rights activist Ahmed Mansoor from the United Arab Emirates is this year’s recipient of the Martin Ennals Human Rights Defender Award. The Geneva-based award is presented every year to an individual who has an outstanding record of fighting against human rights violations.

Human Rights in the news

Turkey / torture prevention
To strengthen torture prevention, in Turkey it is crucial that the authorities adopt a strong and comprehensive legal framework for the national monitoring body, said the UN Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture at the end of its first official visit to the country.

Zeid urges calm and restraint in West Bank
High Commissioner Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein says he is extremely concerned about increased tensions and violence in Occupied Palestinian Territory, and stresses that calm can only be restored on the basis of respect for human rights.

“Neither free nor fair”
Belarus presidential election: “The election process was orchestrated, and the result was pre-ordained” – UN expert Miklós Haraszti regrets no progress was made, despite lack of violence.

Morocco / Right to food
UN expert Hilal Elver calls on the Moroccan Government to extend the benefits of its economic and social reforms to all regions, focusing on those living in remote areas and vulnerable groups.

Sexual exploitation of children
UN expert Maud de Boer-Buquicchio will visit Japan to assess the situation of sale and sexual exploitation of children, including the production and sale of child abuse material in the country (19-26 October).

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