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 Shaun Campbell Bush from Nicaragua hopes to teach people in her community about the UN human rights mechanisms © OHCHR Photo


Helping to inform and improve the lives of Afro-Nicaraguans

“I hope to be able to let my people know that we don’t really need to tolerate injustice,” said Shaun Carol Campbell Bush.
 
Bush is a member of the Nicaraguan Black People Association and was recently in Geneva to participate in the UN Human Rights Office Minority Fellowship. Bush, along with 12 other representatives of ethnic, linguistic and religious minorities spent five weeks learning how to use UN human rights instruments and mechanisms to assist their causes. 


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 Nareen Shammo is part of the Yezidi ethnic minority of Iraq © OHCHR

Fellow raises awareness of Yezidi Iraqi plight

Yezidi activist Nareen Shammo tells the story of the plight of her people in war-ravaged parts of Iraq at the UN Human Rights Office.



 Brothers Said and Yarg both inherited the status of ‘slave’. But they escaped with the help of two anti-slavery groups.

Traditional slavery: Said and Yarg’s story

Brothers Said and Yarg both inherited the status of ‘slave’. They had no choice but to obey their master’s orders and were not allowed to go to school. They were also frequently subject to beatings. They were eventually able to escape and with the assistance of two anti-slavery organisations, they have been able to pursue legal action against their former master and begin their schooling.



Human Rights in the news

Oman / human rights defender
Said Ali Said Jadad, a prominent human rights defender, was detained on 21 January without an arrest warrant in Oman. A group of United Nations independent human rights experts urge the Government of Oman to release him.

Austria / rights of the elderly
Ending a 10-day mission to the country, the UN Independent Expert on the human rights of older persons, Rosa Kornfeld-Matte, commends the Austrian Government for its commitment and efforts to ensure that older people are able to fully enjoy their human rights.

Mission to South Sudan
UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, Ivan Simonovic, will visit South Sudan from 1 to 6 February to assess the human rights situation in the country. He will seek updates on progress in investigations of human rights violations and discuss ways to prevent further violations.

Malawi flooding
As result of Malawi worst flooding in the country, United Nations human rights experts urge the international community to rapidly provide funding and assistance to the Government of Malawi, Madagascar, Mozambique and humanitarian actors.

Migrants / Mission to Brussels
The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, François Crépeau, will visit Brussels from 2 to 5 February 2015 as follow-up to a study he carried out in 2012 on the management of the external borders of the European Union.

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