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 Students from the University of Nairobi celebrate their graduation
Students from the University of Nairobi celebrate their graduation; The University and the UN Human Rights Office have agreed to include human rights on the curriculum for undergraduate students
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The study of human rights becomes a core subject in Kenyan universities

The United Nations Human Rights Office and the University of Nairobi have initialled an agreement ensuring human rights has a place in the curriculum for undergraduate students.
This is the latest in a series of formal arrangements with higher education institutions in Kenya, which underscore the importance of human rights in the governance principles laid out in the country’s 2010 constitution.

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 Navi Pillay and Flavia Pansieri meeting with the NGOs in Geneva © OHCHR

NGOs bid farewell to High Commissioner Pillay

Geneva-based civil society organizations hold last meeting with UN Human Rights Chief, Navi Pillay, and thank her for her resolute support at the international arena.

 Flowers are placed at the bust of former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Sergio Vieira de Mellow on World Humanitarian Day © OHCHR Sandeep Prasanna

In memory of those who lost their lives working for human rights

On World Humanitarian Day, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay pays tribute to colleagues in her Office and the wider UN who have lost their lives in the course of their humanitarian work.

Human Rights in the news

Conflict Prevention - Security Council briefing
In a public briefing to the Security Council, High Commissioner Navi Pillay recommends new measures to prevent or de-escalate conflicts.

Syria - Aleppo Prison inmates
A UN human rights paper details the “indescribable suffering” that detainees and prisoners at Aleppo Central Prison endured prior to and during a year-long siege by several armed opposition groups, as well as serious human rights violations and abuses by Government officials.

Persecution of rights activists
“Show leadership and reverse the trend of repression, criminalization and prosecution of human rights work in the country” – UN rights experts call on the Government of Azerbaijan.

Japan / "Comfort women"
High Commissioner Pillay expresses profound regret that Japan has failed to pursue a comprehensive, impartial and lasting resolution of the issue of wartime sexual slavery, warning that the human rights of the victims, known as “comfort women”, continue to be violated decades after the end of the Second World War.

Political detainees in Sudan
UN human rights expert Mashood Adebayo Baderin calls on the Government of Sudan for the immediate release all political detainees to enable an inclusive national dialogue.

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