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 The pilotless ‘Heron’ drone can fly more than 24 hours at a time
The pilotless ‘Heron’ drone can fly more than 24 hours at a time; The 27th session of the Human Rights Council canvassed the use of unmanned armed drones and expressed concern at the resulting human rights violations
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Armed drones: calls for greater transparency and accountability

The use of remotely piloted aircraft or armed drones has grown exponentially in counter-terrorism measures and military operations. The human rights impact on individuals and communities is grave and wide ranging.
 
The Human Rights Council brings the debate on this issue to the fore, urging States to be more transparent and to promptly investigate allegations of violations.


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 Refugees in the Bahirka Camp near Erbil in Northern Iraq © UNAMI

Community, religious leaders must condemn ISIL ‘atrocities’ – UN rights official

Civilians continue to suffer atrocities and “dramatic” human rights violations at the hands of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), warned United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, Mr. Ivan Šimonović, as he concluded his week-long mission to Iraq.



 Mexican human rights attorney Alejandra Ancheita, receives the 2014 Martin Ennals Award from UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein © Martin Ennals Foundation

Mexican attorney receives top human rights defender award

Mexican human rights attorney Alejandra Ancheita is the latest recipient of the Martin Ennals Human Rights Defender Award. The Geneva-based award is granted annually to a person who has an exceptional record of fighting against human rights violations.



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Zeid addresses UN General Assembly
High Commissioner Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein addresses the UN General Assembly in New York about key human rights challenges, the importance of defending human rights defenders and the crucial need to adequately fund the work of the UN Human Rights Office.

Freedom of religion at work
“Freedom to manifest one’s religion or belief without discrimination should also be protected in the area of employment,” says the United Nations Special Rapporteur Heiner Bielefeldt.

Zeid condemns DRC threats
UN human rights chief condemns the DRC's decision to expel his top official and calls for an end to threats made against other human rights staff in the country.

Online mass-surveillance
“Protect right to privacy even when countering terrorism” – UN expert Ben Emmerson tells Governments engaged on mass surveillance online for counter-terrorism purposes.

Development and access to justice
“Development needs access to justice,” the UN Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, Gabriela Knaul, tells the General Assembly in New York.

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