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New UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein speaks at the opening of the twenty-seventh session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland
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Iraq, Syria top priorities for new UN human rights chief

The new United Nations human rights chief, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, urged the international community to stop the “increasingly conjoined” conflicts in Iraq and Syria, lashing out at the armed group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) for trying to create a “house of blood.”


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 The UN Human Rights Council holds a Special Session to discuss the conflict in Gaza © UN Photo/Violaine Martin

An independent, international commission of inquiry to investigate the conflict in the occupied Palestinian territories

Meeting in Special Session to assess the situation in Gaza, the UN Human Rights Council votes to urgently dispatch an independent, international commission of inquiry to investigate all violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights law in the occupied Palestinian territories from the start of the current military operation.



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In Vienna, UN human rights official briefs OSCE on Ukraine

After a visit to Ukraine, Assistant-Secretary General for human rights, Ivan Šimonovic, addressed the Permanent Council of Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) at a special session on Ukraine. Here is the text of his statement.



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Statement to the Security Council by Ivan Šimonović on the human rights situation in Ukraine
The Assistant Secretary-General said intense fighting in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of eastern Ukraine was extremely alarming, with rapid escalation of hostilities since the end of the 10-day ceasefire on 30 June

Reparations for Conflict-Related Sexual Violence
Remarks by ASG Ivan Šimonović at the launch of the Reparations Guidance Note for Conflict-Related Sexual Violence, New York, 31 July 2014

Burundi Configuration of Peacebuilding Fund, Thursday 10 July 2014
Statement of Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Simonovic at the Burundi Configuration of Peacebuilding Fund, Thursday 10 July 2014

Burundi Configuration of Peacebuilding Fund, Wednesday 9 July 2014
Statement of Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Simonovic at the Burundi Configuration of Peacebuilding Fund, Wednesday 9 July 2014

Human rights in Burundi
UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Simonovic calls on Burundi to ensure that human rights are fully protected ahead of next year’s presidential elections.

Ukraine situation remains deeply worrying, Security Council told
Statement of the Assistant Secretary-General Ivan Šimonović at the Security Council meeting on Ukraine, New York, 24 June

Meetings and Events

From : 20-01-2014 To : 24-01-2014
New York
WG on Discrimination against Women in Law and Practice
From : 18-02-2014 To : 18-02-2014
New York
States parties will elect one new member of the Human Rights Committee to fill a casual vacancy arising from the resignation of one member.
From : 25-05-2014 To : 25-05-2014
New York
State Parties will elect nine new members of the Committee on the Rights of the Child which monitors implementation of the Convention.
From : 10-06-2014 To : 12-06-2014
New York
State Parties will elect nine new members of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities which monitors the implementation of the Convention.
From : 24-06-2014 To : 24-06-2014
New York
States parties will elect nine new members of the Human Rights Committee which monitors implementation of the Covenant and one additional member to fill a casual vacancy arising from the resignation of a member Committee.
From : 26-06-2014 To : 26-06-2014
New York
State Parties will elect new members of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women which monitors the implementation of the Convention.
From : 02-07-2014 To : 02-07-2014
New York
Panel discussion, 2 July, CR1, UNHQ, New York
From : 28-07-2014 To : 01-08-2014
New York
WG on the use of mercenaries
 

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