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 High Comissioner Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al Hussein addresses audience at launch of technical guidance note  © OHCHR Photo
High Comissioner Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al Hussein addresses audience at launch of technical guidance note
© OHCHR Photo

A human rights approach to reducing child deaths

More than 6 million children died last year before their fifth birthday. Most of those deaths could have been prevented.
Calling this a human rights tragedy, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al Hussein said a human rights-based approach would help lower the number of preventable deaths of children. Zeid spoke during the UN Human Rights Office launch of the technical guidance note on using human rights to address child mortality and morbidity.
The note, which was launched during the 27th Human Rights Council session, lists tangible, concrete measures that States can take, using a human rights-based approach to reduce and eliminate preventable deaths of children under five years of age.

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 A man points to a chalk board in front a group of children in a small classroom in China. © EPA Photo/ZHOU CHAO

Out of many perspectives comes one history

History and memorials are not the spoils of the victor. In a panel discussion held during the 27th Human Rights Council, Human Rights special rapporteurs discussed with guests and Member States the best way to ensure that history teaching and memorialization processes are being used as a way of fostering mutual understanding between communities so as not to repeat past wrongs.

 A woman stands between two men dressed in Indian wedding clothes. It is a still shot from a Bollywood video made for the Free and Equal campaign © Credit

One Year. One Campaign. One Billion People

A new video looks back on a year of the UN Human Rights Office’s Free & Equal campaign against homophobia and transphobia. In twelve months, the campaign has reached more than a billion people, created a stream of popular video and written content, and spawned national campaigns in countries around the world.

Actualités des droits de l'homme

Five years on: impunity in Guinea
High Commissioner Zeid urges immediate, concrete steps to advance the investigation and prosecution of human rights violations, including killings, rapes and enforced disappearances, allegedly committed by security forces in 2009 against peaceful protestors in Conakry.

Human rights situation in Eritrea
“The dire human rights situation in Eritrea persists,” UN expert Sheila B. Keetharuth warns after visiting Italy to collect first-hand information from Eritrean refugees and migrants.

‘Sealing’ EU borders to migrants
“Attempts at ‘sealing’ borders and preventing at any cost irregular migrants from entering the European Union will continue to fail,” warns UN Special Rapporteur François Crépeau.

Iraq: Horrifying violations against women
High Commissioner Zeid condemns ISIL’s cold-blooded slaying of Iraqi human rights defender Sameera Salih Ali Al-Nuaimy, who was publicly executed in central Mosul this week, as well as the continuing detention, sexual exploitation and sale of hundreds of women and girls in ISIL-controlled areas.

A devastating impact on children
UN Special Rapporteur Makarim Wibisono expresses alarm at the terrible cost paid by Palestinian civilians, especially children in Gaza, as a result of Israel’s military operation.

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