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 Tracy Robinson and Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein signing the Joint Declaration
Tracy Robinson, President of the IACHR, and UN Human Rights Chief, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, formalize their organizations’ long-standing partnership
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Strengthening ties to protect people in the Americas

The UN Human Rights Office and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights reinforce their collaboration to promote greater respect for human rights in the Americas, including fostering greater security and equal access to economic development.
By defining a general framework for cooperation through the new Joint Declaration, both organizations agree to strengthen their long-standing partnership to set and help uphold human rights standards in the region.

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 Somali women's groups campaign against Female Genital Mutilation © EPA/Stringer

Eradicating harmful practices against women and girls

Two of the UN human rights expert committees, the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination again Women and the Committee on the Rights of the Child have joined forces to assist States to put an end to harmful practices primarily affecting women and girls.

 Muslim women praying in the yard of Moscow’s mosque © EPA/VLDIMIR MASHATIN

International Forum of Muslim women discusses their human rights

The first international forum on Muslim women was held in the Republic of Tatarstan, home to the Russian Federations’ largest Muslim community.

Noticias/derechos humanos

Violations persist in eastern Ukraine
Civilians have continued to be killed, unlawfully detained, tortured and disappeared in eastern Ukraine, and the number of internally displaced people has risen considerably despite the announcement of a ceasefire on 5 September, according to a new UN human rights monitoring report.

LGBTI in the Gambia
High Commissioner Zeid criticizes a harsh legal amendment, violence and arrests targeting gay men and lesbians in the Gambia. He also expresses alarm at reports of a wave of arbitrary arrests and detention of individuals perceived to be homosexual.

“The vulnerable of the vulnerable”
The UN Independent Expert on the human rights of older persons, Rosa Kornfeld-Matte, urges the Slovenian Government to focus its attention on the ostracized older people.

Eradicating slavery in Niger
UN Special Rapporteur Urmila Bhoola calls on the Government of Niger to focus on stronger law enforcement in its efforts to eradicate slavery and slavery-like practices in the country.

Crimes against minorities
The UN Forum on Minority Issues gathers in Geneva to look for new initiatives to prevent and respond to violence and atrocity crimes targeted against minorities worldwide (25-26 November).


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