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 Indonesian fishermen have rescued hundreds of Bangladeshis and Rohingya from Myanmar in May, including these children. ©Photo: UNHCR
Indonesian fishermen have rescued hundreds of Bangladeshis and Rohingya from Myanmar in May, including these children.
Photo: UNHCR

UN calls on Southeast Asian countries to better protect migrants making ‘perilous journeys’ by sea

In a joint statement issued today, several senior UN officials have strongly urged the leaders of Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand, to protect migrants and refugees stranded on vessels in the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea, to facilitate safe disembarkation, and to give priority to saving lives, protecting rights, and respecting human dignity.

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 Shot of the “FACES” video for LGBTI equality on the NASDAQ screen in Times Square, New York, United States, 14 May 2015 © Malia Hurwitz.

New video presents the faces of LGBT “everyday heroes” to the world

“FACES”, a video produced by the UN Human Rights Office as part of its Free & Equal campaign celebrates the contributions that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people make to families and local communities around the world.



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‘Not ghosts but human beings:’ UN rights office launches website on Albinism

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) launched a website dedicated to the issue of albinism aimed at debunking the myths of the rare condition.



HR in the news

Zeid on small arms and human rights
High Commissioner Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein briefs the UN Security Council on the human cost of the illicit transfer, destabilizing, accumulation and misuse of small arms and light weapons.

The human cost of small arms and light weaponry
At the Security Council, the High Commissioner said small arms "are the weapons of the easy kill: the most portable, most easily accessible, most casual instruments of death... If they were to reflect reality more closely, the silhouettes used for target practice would not then be menacing gunmen, but terrified people hiding under tables, or cowering in the corners of dark rooms with their families, or lying face down in a ditch".

Optional Protocol to the Convention on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
At an event organised by the Group of Friends of the Optional Protocol to the Convention on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, the High Commissioner said that thanks to the Optional Protocol, “Individuals can now seek out justice for violations of their rights enshrined in both Covenants. And this recognition that the individual is entitled to claim rights is rich with hope”.

Victims’ Voices: A Conversation on North Korean Human Rights
"Victims’ Voices: A Conversation on North Korean Human Rights"; opening remarks by Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Šimonović, UN Headquarters, New York, 30 April 2015

Protect Afghan civilians - Simonovic
UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Simonovic urges stronger protection for civilians in Afghanistan at the end of a seven-day mission to the country which took him to Kabul and the provinces of Nangarhar and Kapisa.

Meetings and Events

From : 23-06-2015 To : 23-02-2015
New York
Third Meeting of States Parties to the Convention on the Protection of all Persons from Enforced Disappearance (CPED) to elect five members of the Committee on Enforced Disappearances (CED) whose terms are set to expire on 30 June 2015; 23 June 2015, 10am, Conf. Room 1, UN Headquarters
From : 26-06-2015 To : 26-06-2015
New York
Twenty-sixth Meeting of States Parties to the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, to elect nine members of the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD); Thursday, 25 June 2015, 10am, Conf. Room 1, UN Headquarters
From : 30-06-2015 To : 30-06-2015
New York
Seventh Meeting of States Parties to the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families to elect seven members of the Committee on Migrant Workers (CMW); Tuesday, 30 June 2015, 10am, Conf. Room 1, UN Headquarters
 

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