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 Hadjara, 8, fled a Boko Haram attack against Baga in Nigeria with her family. She was shot during the attack and her arm had to be amputated at Baga-Sola hospital in Chad. Photo: OCHA/Caroline Birch

UN rights chief urges concerted action to tackle Boko Haram's 'extensive and far-reaching' abuses

Describing a pattern of vicious and indiscriminate attacks by Boko Haram in north-east Nigeria that stretched back years, the United Nations human rights chief today urged the international community to help the sub-region begin to repair the damage.

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 In 1995, a government soldier reads out the names of soldiers who are confirmed survivors or escapees from the fallen city of Srebrenica. UNICEF/NYHQ1995-0553/LeMoyne

Recalling 'responsibility to protect' UN pays tribute to victims of Srebrenica genocide

During a high-level commemorative event in New York, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today paid tribute to the victims of the Srebrenica genocide, perpetrated 20 years ago.

 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) pride march. Photo: OHCHR/Joseph Smida

Ban welcomes US Supreme Court ruling guaranteeing right to same-sex marriage

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed today the United States Supreme Court ruling that the US Constitution guarantees the right to same-sex marriage.

Actualités des droits de l'homme

Rights of migrants - meeting of States Parties to ICMW
Opening Statement by Mr. Ivan Šimonović, Assistant Secretary-General, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, at the Seventh Meeting of States Parties to the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families, New York, 30 June 2015

Universality and the Post-2015 Sustainable Development
Side event: Universality and the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda, statement by the Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Šimonović; New York, 23 June 2015

Media freedom and safety of journalists
Statement by Ivan Šimonović, Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, at the Conference on Journalists' Safety, Media Freedom and Pluralism in Times of Conflict, Vienna, 15 June 2015

"Human suffering, moral blankness and the ties of sentiment"
"I want you to imagine, for a moment, a world without human rights. A space so brutal, violence is the only currency of human exchange."

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".

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