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The growing influence and prevalence of advertising is a cause for concern, UN Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights says

Protecting cultural rights from excessive advertising

The growing influence of commercial advertising and marketing on culture and education is cause for concern, said Farida Shaheed, UN Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights.
The biggest areas of concern have to do with the increasing presence of advertising and marketing in public spaces and in schools. Shaheed made her statement during a recent meeting of the UN General Assembly. She called on states to provide better protection for people from undue levels of commercial advertising and marketing.

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Rebuilding lives after torture – Dieynaba’s story

Dieynaba Ndoye Dieng helps victims affected by torture from all over West Africa

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Campaign Honours Women Human Rights Defenders

Nearly twenty years after the landmark Beijing World Conference on Women, the UN Human Rights Office is honouring women’s human rights defenders through the #reflect2protect campaign.

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Pakistan school killings "savage" - Zeid
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on Tuesday condemned what he described as “an utterly despicable and incomprehensibly vicious attack on defenceless children” at a mixed school in the Pakistani city of Peshawar.

Attacks on schoolchildren condemned
The UN Child Rights Committee says the targeting of schoolchildren, teachers and school facilities, and the closure of schools due to terrorist threats are very real, grave problems in many parts of the world, urging States to make a concerted effort to combat extremism in all its forms.

Zeid: "Tinderbox" in South Sudan
High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein highlights the “dreadful” situation of civilians in South Sudan, who are victims of targeted killings, looting and violence, and have been surviving in desperate living conditions since the conflict broke out a year ago.

Rights violations in eastern Ukraine
With the onset of winter, more than five million people living in conflict affected areas of Ukraine are facing mounting hardship and some are struggling to survive, according to a UN Human Rights report issued as senior official Ivan Simonovic conducts an official visit to the country.

World Bank and human rights
“The World Bank should recognize the central importance of human rights in its new environmental and social policies,” a group of United Nations human rights experts say.


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