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 Three-week old newborn with albinism, Basunga, asleep with his cousin
Basunga (three-week old newborn with albinism) sleeps peacefully with his cousin. For now, he does not realize the problems he will face in integrating in society as a person with albinism.
© Patricia Willocq

White Ebony

The exhibition “Blanc Ebène – White Ebony” at the UN in Geneva, Switzerland, raises awareness of the human rights of persons living with albinism through 30 images by photographer Patricia Willocq.
 
“Persons with albinism suffer terrible discrimination, stigma and social exclusion across the world and the UN Human Rights Office has been working to actively promote and advocate for the respect of all their human rights,” said UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, Flavia Pansieri, at the exhibition’s opening.


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 Inside view of the Djourbel prison in Senegal © OHCHR/Nicolas Meulders

For a better inclusion of women’s rights in detention in Senegal

A new report by the Regional Office for West Africa of the UN Human Rights Office highlights how women in Senegal are particularly affected by detention.



 (Shanty houses surrounded by water with people going about their business) © Credit EPA/ FRANCIS R. MALASIG

Expert says key housing rights responsibility lie with local authorities

The UN Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing, Leilani Farha, is concerned about the billions of people worldwide living in inadequate housing. In her report at the 28th session of the Human Rights Council she called on States to guarantee access to justice and effective remedies for violations of this right.



Human Rights in the news

Libya: Human rights defenders under attack
A UN human rights report reveals a catalogue of violent attacks and threats against Libyan rights defenders, across Libya – and in some cases even after they are forced to leave the country.

Extreme poverty in Chile
“Poverty in Chile risks being overlooked,” UN Special Rapporteur Philip Alston warns. “It remains under the radar for many policy-makers, despite Chile’s impressive array of anti-poverty programs.”

The global fight against racism
On the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, UN experts say the historical memory of past atrocity crimes must be preserved to strengthen the global fight against racism.

Iraq report
The so-called Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) may have committed all three of the most serious international crimes – namely war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide – according to a report issued by the UN Human Rights Office.

Kazakhstan / Toxic waste
UN Special Rapporteur Baskut Tuncak will visit Kazakhstan to assess the country’s human rights record regarding the management of hazardous substances and wastes (26 March-8 April).

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