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 Nareen Shammo is part of the Yezidi ethnic minority of Iraq
Nareen Shammo is an investigative journalist from Iraq and a member of the minority Yezidi community; She was part of the UN Human Rights Office Minority Fellowship Programme
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Fellow raises awareness of Yezidi Iraqi plight

Nareen Shammo, an investigative journalist from Iraq, came to the UN Human Rights Office with a mission – to raise the alarm and awareness of what was happening to her community in Iraq.
 
Shammo belongs to the Yezidi minority community in Iraq. She was in Geneva as part of the UN Human Rights Office Minority Fellowship Programme, where members of ethnic, linguistic and religious minorities spend five weeks learning how to use UN human rights instruments and mechanisms to assist their cause.


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 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.



 (A group of patients in iron cots in their rooms) © Credit EPA/SASA STANKOVIC SERBIA OUT

Taking a human rights approach to psychosocial disability

Getting the issues concerning persons with psychosocial disabilities or mental health problems dealt with from a human rights perspective has been the focus of work by the UN Human Rights Regional Office for Europe. A recent event of the “Forgotten Europeans” series looked at human rights challenges faced by these groups.



Human Rights in the news

Zeid condemns abuse of UN expert
UN human rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein condemns sexist, insulting language used against the UN independent human rights expert on Myanmar, Yanghee Lee, by an influential monk.

Human rights in Myanmar
The space for expression of dissent and demands for accountability must be protected and expanded in Myanmar - UN expert Yanghee Lee says at the end of her official visit to the country.

Development goals
The post-2015 sustainable development goals must be backed by strong means of ensuring accountability for meeting them, leading UN human rights experts stress.

Portugal justice
UN rights expert Gabriela Knaul makes an official visit to visit Portugal from 27 January to 3 February to assess the independence of the country's judiciary.

Algeria / right to education
The UN Special Rapporteur on the right to education, Kishore Singh, is visiting Algeria from 27 January to 3 February 2015 to evaluate the Government’s ongoing education reform plans

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