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 Student walks through puddles in a destroyed building in Vanuatu
A villager on Tanna Island, Vanuatu walks through a classroom damaged during Cyclone Pam. Vanutau’s President blamed climate change for the severity of the storm, which left thousands homeless.
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Climate change is a human rights issue

A human rights-based approach to climate change is needed now to drive action to help the most affected, said President of the Republic of Kiribati Anote Tong.
 
“We have been talking about this for too long,” he said.  “It is time to get into action and to address the real issues.”
 
Tong, whose country is slowly disappearing because of sea-level rise due to climate change, made his plea during a full day discussion on human rights and climate change during the 28th session of the Human Rights Council.


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 Three-week old newborn with albinism, Basunga, asleep with his cousin © 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.



 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.



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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