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Syria’s brutal war threatens international peace and security, says UN rights panel
In its latest report, the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria emphasized that with the continuous influx of foreign fighters and the success of extremist groups, “risks of the conflict spreading further are palpable.”
27-08-2014
Ban deplores recent upsurge in anti-Semitic incidents since start of Gaza conflict
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has deplored the recent upsurge in anti-Semitic attacks, particularly in Europe, in connection with protests concerning the escalation of violence in Gaza.
05-08-2014
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.
24-07-2014
UN reports serious human rights violations, potential war crimes in Iraq
The group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and its allies are imposing “untold hardship and suffering” on Iraqi civilians, the United Nations said today in a report.
18-07-2014
Alarmed at rising death toll in Gaza, UN rights chief appeals to all sides to protect civilians
Voicing alarm at the Israeli military operations resulting in the killing of Palestinian civilians in Gaza, as well as the indiscriminate firing of rockets from Gaza into Israel, the United Nations human rights chief appealed to all sides to abide by their obligations to protect civilians.
11-07-2014
In Afghanistan, ground combat taking ''devastating civilian toll” UN says
According to a new report by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), ground combat among the warring parties surpassed improvised explosive devices (IEDs) as the leading cause of conflict-related death and injury to Afghan civilians in the first six months of 2014.
09-07-2014
‘Death penalty has no place in 21st century,’ declares UN chief
The death penalty has no place in the 21st century, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared, calling on all States take concrete steps towards abolishing or no longer practicing this form of punishment.
02-07-2014
Burundi: curbs on free expression ahead of elections draw concern of senior UN rights official
Expressing deep concern about growing restrictions on freedom of expression in Burundi, Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, Ivan Šimonovic, today called on the authorities there to ensure that human rights are fully protected ahead of next year’s presidential elections.
27-06-2014
‘It is not a crime to carry a camera,’ UN rights chief warns as Egypt sentences journalists
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay expressed deep concern over a string of recent court decisions in Egypt, including the verdicts and heavy jail sentences handed down to three Al Jazeera journalists.
24-06-2014
UN cites total breakdown of law and order in eastern Ukraine
The new report describes the breakdown of law and order in the areas held by armed groups in the country’s east – with increasing evidence of abductions, detentions, torture, and killings.
19-06-2014
General Assembly confirms Jordan’s Prince Zeid as new High Commissioner for Human Rights
The United Nations General Assembly today unanimously approved Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid al-Hussein of Jordan as the new High Commissioner for Human Rights,
16-06-2014
Safety of journalists essential to vibrant, democratic societies, UN rights chief stresses
“The safety of journalists is quite simply essential to the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of all of us, as well as to the right to development,” High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay says.
11-06-2014
Facing human rights challenges in DR Congo and Afghanistan
In a series of radio interviews, OHCHR officials talk about the challenges DR Congo and Afghanistan face and what field-based colleagues do to assist those countries.
02-06-2014
Ukraine: UN official cites ‘worsening’ human rights situation in southern, eastern regions
Situation in southern and eastern regions of Ukraine has worsened with more weapons being used as well as numerous violations being committed, according to Ivan Šimonović, Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights.
21-05-2014
Powerful New Video on the International Day against Homophobia & Transphobia
The UN Human Rights Office has released a compelling new video to encourage people to share their stories and speak up in support of LGBT friends, colleagues and family members on the occasion of the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia.
16-05-2014
New global development goals must fight inequality and discrimination
“To eradicate poverty, we must address inequality,” said UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay during a side event of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals at the United Nations headquarters in New York.
13-02-2014
Sports stars come out against homophobia
Celebrity athletes join UN leaders and rights activists at a special event co-organized by the UN Human Rights Office on the role of sports in the fight against homophobia.
06-01-2014
Human Rights Prizes awarded in New York on Human Rights Day
In a ceremonial session of the UN General Assembly, Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson awarded the prizes to winners of the 2013 UN Prize in the Field of Human Rights.
12-12-2013
2013 United Nations Human Rights Prize
Every five years, the UN Human Rights Prize is an award given to individuals and organizations in recognition of outstanding achievement in human rights.
06-12-2013
New UN campaigns use Google search results to reveal prevalence of sexism and homophobia
New social media campaign uses Google search results to reveal hidden depths of homophobic hate.
31-10-2013
Unprecedented ministerial meeting on LGBT rights protection
Foreign ministers call for worldwide respect of the human rights of LGBT people at the first ministerial UN meeting on that issue.
07-10-2013
Vienna+20: A new vision for human rights
The Vienna+20 high-level event, held at the United Nations in New York, brought together Presidents, Ministers, civil society, the Deputy Secretary-General and, for the first time ever, two former and the current UN Human Rights Chiefs, to reflect on the human rights progress over the past 20 years and the way forward.
26-09-2013
Free and Equal: a new global public education campaign against homophobia and transphobia
The UN Human Rights Office officially launches Free & Equal—an unprecedented global public education campaign to promote greater respect for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people everywhere.
26-07-2013
Moving away from the death penalty: spotlight on wrongful convictions
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged Member States to move towards the abolition of the death penalty: “We have a duty to prevent innocent people from paying the ultimate price for miscarriages of justice.“
05-07-2013
“The Riddle”: What exists in every corner of the world but remains illegal in more than 70 countries?
“The Riddle”, a video produced by the UN Human Rights Office and released to coincide with the International Day against Homophobia, draws attention to the impact of homophobia and transphobia on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people around the world.
17-05-2013
Pillay renews call to refer Syria to world criminal court
UN human right chief, Navi Pillay, tells UN Security Council that referring the situation in Syria to the International Criminal Court could help stem human rights violations.
13-02-2013
Justice for victims of economic, social and cultural rights violations
UN agreement empowering victims of economic, social and cultural rights violations to seek justice set to enter into force.
06-02-2013
UN taps celebrity power in fight against homophobia
Pop singer Ricky Martin and the “Princess of Africa” Yvonne Chaka Chaka stand with UN chief Ban Ki-moon to call for an end to violence and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
13-12-2012
Austerity measures may violate human rights
As governments respond to public deficits by tightening their belts, they risk failing in their international obligations to protect social and economic rights.
02-11-2012
Rule of law without human rights is an empty shell
At a United Nations meeting on the rule of law, world leaders reaffirm linkages between human rights, rule of law and democracy and make pledges to strengthen the rule of law.
05-10-2012
UN leads the way on disability rights
Government, civil society and United Nations representatives discuss ways to strengthen protection and promotion of the rights of persons with disabilities.
24-09-2012
Born Free and Equal
A new publication of the UN Human Rights Office sets out the source and scope of State obligations under international human rights law to protect the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.
14-09-2012
Dying to tell the story: Safety of journalists in conflict
Despite UN and civil society efforts to strengthen the safety of journalists covering conflict, their job remains dangerous.
17-08-2012
How women's rights treaty serves Jamaican women
Joyce Hewett, representing Jamaican NGOs at the 52nd session of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women, explains why the work of the Committee is important to women in her country.
03-08-2012
Learning to negotiate human rights
United Nations diplomats expand their knowledge of human rights and how to reflect them in their work
26-07-2012
Fair trial and due process in the counter-terrorism context
Experts and practitioners discuss how to better protect human rights while responding to terrorism in Europe.
18-07-2012
Working towards more women leaders
UN women’s rights committee celebrates 30th anniversary with a focus on women’s political participation and leadership
13-07-2012
Calls for end to death penalty
With United Nations member countries set to discuss the abolition of the death penalty later this year, activists and top UN officials call for an end to capital punishment.
03-07-2012
Wanted: New ways to protect civilians in conflict
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, says international community has a responsibility to use every tool available to protect civilians in armed conflict.
26-06-2012
UN officials press for united action to end Syria crisis
Amid growing atrocities and little evidence that the Syrian Government is living up to its commitment to stop the ongoing violence, United Nations officials urge the world community to act with one voice to end the crisis.
07-06-2012
Novel effort to prevent torture reaches milestone
While torture remains a reality in all regions, a pioneering mechanism adopted 10 years ago to prevent the practice gains ground.
30-05-2012
Congolese migrants suffer dire abuses in Angola
Beaten, raped, robbed and humiliated, thousands of Congolese migrants leave Angola with nothing but shattered dreams.
24-05-2012
Wanted: Human Rights in Rio
Civil society and UN experts call for an inclusive, just and equitable outcome at the forthcoming United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development.
02-05-2012
A one-of-a-kind UN Human Rights database
The updated Universal Human Rights Index database puts more than a decade of human rights data and recommendations at your fingertips.
23-04-2012
Rapping silently for equality
UN teams up with Finnish hip-hop artist Signmark to promote the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
18-04-2012
Stronger treaty monitoring for better human rights results
With the UN’s human rights treaty monitoring system stretched, the international community discusses means to strengthen the system and its role in protecting human rights.
04-04-2012
People-centred Development: What the Arab Spring taught us
Economic growth without decent jobs, social inclusion and fair distribution of benefits is not true development.
27-03-2012
Using geography to protect human rights
Satellite imagery can provide evidence of gross human rights abuses, ranging from burnt villages to mass graves
05-03-2012
Combating homophobic violence against women
A combination of legal reforms and public education needed to combat discrimination and violence against lesbians, bisexual women and transgender persons.
01-03-2012
States set for second human rights review
In the second cycle of the Universal Periodic Review, countries are expected to report on human rights commitments made during the first cycle.
21-02-2012
Human rights chief urges united action on Syria
UN human rights chief, Navi Pillay, tells world body to “act now” to end the bloodshed in Syria.
14-02-2012
How human rights secure peace
Top UN officials underscore the importance of human rights in preventing and ending conflict.
10-02-2012
Strengthening human rights in peace operations
Heads of human rights sections of United Nations peace missions meet in New York to discuss promotion and protection of human rights through peace operations.
02-02-2012
Human Rights concerns about armed brigades holding detainees in Libya
Addressing the UN Security Council on the situation in Libya, Pillay warned that, “lack of oversight by the central authorities creates an environment conducive to torture and ill treatment.” She urged the Libyan ministry of justice and the prosecutor’s
26-01-2012
Making a human rights wish
Join United Nations human rights chief, Navi Pillay, and thousands around the world in making a wish for human rights.
06-01-2012
A year for people of African descent
A chapter closes but another one opens: the International Year should lead to an International Decade for People of African Descent.
30-12-2011
Political transitions provide opportunities to promote women’s human rights
Political transitions provide a unique opportunity to promote the human rights of women.
26-12-2011
Campaigning on social networks for human rights in Tunisia
Under the pseudonym of Hamadi Kaloutcha, Sofiane Belhaj, a blogger and human rights defender, has been campaigning on social networks against former President Ben Ali’s regime since 2007.
07-12-2011
Make a wish for Human Rights
What would you wish for? The UN Human Rights office launches its very own Mash Up video as part of its social media campaign launched to celebrate Human Rights on its 10 December birthday. The Mash Up video is there to inspire and help you make a choice.
06-12-2011
16 Days of Activism: 15 years of initiatives to end violence against women
Since its creation in 1996, the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women has delivered more than USD 78 million to support 339 initiatives around the world.
30-11-2011
Human Rights based approach to trafficking
The human rights- based approach to trafficking places the victim at the centre of any credible action to this problem through addressing the root causes and the factors increasing vulnerabilities.
29-11-2011
16 days of activism to eliminate violence against women
The 16 days of activism campaign, which runs from 25 November to 10 December, calls for the elimination of violence against women and invites everyone to take action against it.
23-11-2011
A new social contract needed to advance the realization of the right to development
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urges the global community to negotiate a “new social contract”, to achieve the social, economic, cultural and political progress envisaged in the Declaration on the Right to Development.
22-11-2011
For children on the streets there are no soft pillows
The UN Human Rights office convenes experts from many countries in the search for the most effective ways to help children living on the streets whose voices are seldom heard and whose rights are regularly abused with impunity.
17-11-2011

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