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 The UN Human Rights Council holds a Special Session to discuss the conflict in Gaza
Addressing a Special Session of the Human Rights Council on the conflict in Gaza, UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay calls on all sides to respect international law
© UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

The Human Rights Council holds a Special Session to discuss the current situation in the Gaza Strip

Describing the situation in the Gaza Strip as dreadful and interminable, UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay calls on all parties to the conflict to cease targeting civilians.
 
In her address to a Special Session of the UN Human Rights Council  in Geneva, convened to discuss the current situation in Gaza,  Pillay reminded all parties to the conflict that international law is not negotiable.


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 Christopher Dube and Aleksandra Plesko of OHCHR discuss at the workshop, Cape Town, South Africa, June 2014 © OHCHR/ Samia Slimane

Protecting the rights of indigenous peoples in Southern Africa

A new manual guides National Human Rights Institutions and indigenous communities in promoting the rights of indigenous peoples.



 A man and his child bride posing together for a photograph © Stephanie Sinclair/VII

Child and forced marriage - manifestation of gender discrimination

Human rights experts discuss the causes and challenges of child and forced marriage, and solutions to end and prevent that practice.



Human Rights in the news

Gaza / Occupied Palestinian Territory
Statement by High Commissioner Pillay, to the Special Session of the Human Rights Council on the human rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.

Human rights violations in Iraq
A UN report documents serious human rights violations committed by the ISIL and associated armed groups, including some that may amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity. It also documents violations committed by Iraqi security forces and associated forces.

Nigeria / internal displacement
UN human rights experts call for a swift and stronger response to the plight of some 3.3 million people displaced in the country due to violence since 2010.

Right to privacy in the digital age
High Commissioner Pillay warns that studies by her office and others have revealed a “disturbing” lack of transparency about governmental surveillance policies and practices.

Political breakthrough in Cambodia
UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Cambodia warmly welcomes the political agreement reached by the leaders of the two main political parties, finally breaking the deadlock that has gripped the country for almost a year.

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