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 James Anaya, the then UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous People, on an official visit to El Salvador in 2012
James Anaya, the then UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous People, greets a representative of El Salvador's indigenous peoples on an official visit in 2012

An historic debt settled: recognition of indigenous rights in El Salvador

An historic debt has been settled in favour of the indigenous peoples of El Salvador, says UN Human Rights representative, Carmen Rosa Villa Quintana, welcoming an historic parliamentary vote, which recognises the country’s indigenous peoples and commits to policies safeguarding their ethnic and cultural identities.
The vote by the Legislative Assembly has been hailed as an historic step in the restoration and protection of the rights of El Salvador’s sizeable indigenous population.

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 New UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein is sworn-in by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in New York © UN

Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein: the new UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, formerly Jordan’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York, takes up his post as the new UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

 Zeid Ra'ad Zeid al-Hussein, UN Human Rights Chief, at the 27th session of the Human Rights Council, 8 September 2014 © UN Photo / Jean-Marc Ferré

UN Human Rights Chief Zeid addresses the 27th Human Rights Council session

In his first speech to the Human Rights Council, High Commissioner Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein addresses global human rights challenges and priority areas for his tenure.

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High Commissioner Zeid
Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein delivers his first speech as High Commissioner for Human Rights at the opening of the Human Rights Council's 27th session, on an extraordinary range of human rights concerns around the world.

Disability rights milestone
Disability rights worldwide reach a major milestone as the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is ratified by the 150th state.

Justice for mass atrocities
Special Rapporteur on transitional justice Pablo de Greiff warns that despite clear international obligations, few perpetrators of mass violations are ever investigated and prosecuted. He stressed the importance of effective strategies for justice to prevent recurrence of violence.

Oman / Human rights
“Just as Oman has successfully modernized and is a strong state, it can and should embrace further openness,” says UN human rights expert Maina Kiai at the end of his country visit.

Enforced disappearances
The UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances meets in Geneva to review more than 2500 cases of enforced disappearance from 37 countries (15-19 September).

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