Feature stories


Rohingya refugees and the right to education
Rohingya refugees and the right to education
A learning centre in Malaysia is giving Rohingya refugees a chance to have an education. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet visited the centre on a recent trip to the country.
15 October 2019
Maximizing the transformative power of education
Maximizing the transformative power of education
Victoria Ibiwoye struggled with education as a student. Now, she works to create a more inclusive learning environment that would provide better prospects for the youth in her country, Nigeria.
15 October 2019
Education has the power to transform lives
Education has the power to transform lives
“As the global refugee crisis deepens, children are often most affected,” said Maya Ghazal, 20-year-old Syrian refugee. “But they are also extraordinarily resilient. They find ways to cope, to progress and if given the opportunity, thrive!” Ghazal was a featured speaker during the 2019 Social Forum in Geneva.
9 October 2019
Summer School Programme in Russia focuses on SDGs and human rights
Summer School Programme in Russia focuses on SDGs and human rights
Students in the Human Rights Summer School programme in Russia say that States achieving the SDGs will guarantee them a bright future. They learn why promoting human rights is crucial in leaving no one behind.
31 July 2019
More than 40,000 Scouts learn to Stand Up for Human Rights
More than 40,000 Scouts learn to Stand Up for Human Rights
More than 40,000 scouts from across the globe gathered to promote peace, mutual understanding and learn about the sustainable development goals, during the 24th World Scout Jamboree in West Virginia, USA.
26 July 2019
"Because your voice is valid"
"Because your voice is valid"
Law student and UN Human Rights Fellow, Mary Consolata Namagambe, has decided to challenge the exclusion she and other people of African descent endure in a majority-white Danish society.
29 March 2019
When you stand up for girls, you stand up for everyone
When you stand up for girls, you stand up for everyone
Francis Oko Armah is a student who stands up for the right for young people to have access to and be educated about reproductive and sexual health. He works for the Young Leaders for Change Foundation in Accra, Ghana.
8 February 2019
Learning how to better defend his community
Learning how to better defend his community
"I am going to share (what I have learned)…with my community, so they can know how to defend themselves, but also know their rights," said Edwin Álvarez, Vice President of the Organization of Ethnic and Community Development in Honduras. Álvarez was recently in Geneva to receive training in human rights and advocacy as one of the 2018 African Descent Fellows.
26 December 2018
The leaders they are looking for
The leaders they are looking for
Over 400 pupils and students in Geneva, the human rights capital, commemorate the 70th years of the rights declaration and shine a light on their role as the current and next generation of human rights defenders.
14 December 2018
Human rights education key to overcoming conflict and inequality
Human rights education key to overcoming conflict and inequality
As the world experiences more conflicts and inequalities based on ethnic, religious and socio-economic identities and differences, now more than ever, there is a need for approaches that promote understanding, respect, participation and inclusion. And a key element in this strategy is human rights education.
26 December 2017
Playing their way to a better community
Playing their way to a better community
Youth human rights clubs in Kosovo* bring communities together, through their love of sport.
10 November 2017
A girl
A girl's education comes first, marriage will follow later
Thanks to her human rights training, a pupil prevents an early marriage and stands up for girls’ education.
6 March 2017
Empowering young lawyers in Kyrgyzstan through human rights training
Empowering young lawyers in Kyrgyzstan through human rights training
An inter-ethnic conflict that took place in the south in June 2010 that left many without proper legal recourse. The UN Human Rights Office in Kyrgyzstan, in response to this situation, held a series of workshops training young aspiring and practicing defense lawyers on dealing with human rights redress issues.
30 December 2016
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights now available in more than 500 languages and dialects
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights now available in more than 500 languages and dialects
The OHCHR collection of the world’s most translated document includes versions ranging from the most widely spoken languages to nearly extinct languages and dialects.
2 November 2016
Starting young to help her community
Starting young to help her community
“I started being an activist by the time I was in high school,” said Milka Chepkorir Kuto, a member of the Sengwer indigenous people of Kenya. Kuto was in Geneva to obtain training in human rights and advocacy as one of the 2016 UN Human Rights Office Indigenous Fellows.
8 August 2016
Vanuatu: translating human rights standards into actions
Vanuatu: translating human rights standards into actions
Vanuatu government officials have learned how to prepare to report on how they help women achieve their rights.
18 March 2016
Children draw rights and freedoms
Children draw rights and freedoms
An 11-year-old from Samoa and a 15-year-old from Pakistan are the global winners of the UN Human Rights Office poster contest to design a poster for the 50th Anniversary of the Human Rights Covenants campaign.
11 March 2016
Fiji police receive vital human rights training to improve public image
Fiji police receive vital human rights training to improve public image
In an effort to integrate human rights in all aspects of police work, the Fiji Police Force participated in a workshop on human rights provided by the UN Human Rights Regional Office for the Pacific.
15 January 2016
Workshop provides critical space for activists working on sexual and reproductive health rights
Workshop provides critical space for activists working on sexual and reproductive health rights
Improving the promotion of sexual and reproductive health rights was the focus of a recent workshop organized by the UN Human Rights Regional Office for West Africa. The workshop trained NGOs from across West Africa on how to use human rights mechanisms to increase respect for sexual and reproductive health and rights.
4 August 2015
All rise! The Moot Court is in session
All rise! The Moot Court is in session
The third edition of the Summer School on Human Rights ends in Kazan, Republic of Tartastan, with a Moot Court Competition based on the European Court of Human Rights.
15 July 2015
Films help educate students about human rights
Films help educate students about human rights
For ten years the UN Human Rights Office has supported the use of films as a way to educate about human rights. In partnership with the Geneva International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights, the Office co-organizes special screenings of films aimed at Geneva schoolchildren.
6 May 2015
States must renew dedication to inalienable human rights
States must renew dedication to inalienable human rights
The near daily news of atrocities and needless human suffering at the hands of terrorists and others demands a stronger and more inspired leadership from Member States toward upholding human rights, said UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein. Zeid made his comments at the opening of the 28th session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva.
2 March 2015
Helping to inform and improve the lives of Afro-Nicaraguans
Helping to inform and improve the lives of Afro-Nicaraguans
Shaun Carol Campbell Bush believes that Nicaraguans of African descent need to be more proactive to have their rights recognized. As a participant in the UN Human Rights Office Minority Fellowship programme, she believes she will learn how to use human rights mechanisms to assist her community to do this.
28 January 2015
Fellow raises awareness of Yezidi Iraqi plight
Fellow raises awareness of Yezidi Iraqi plight
Yezidi activist Nareen Shammo tells the story of the plight of her people in war-ravaged parts of Iraq at the UN Human Rights Office.
23 January 2015
Kamira Nait Sid: advocating for the rights of the Amazigh people in Algeria
Kamira Nait Sid: advocating for the rights of the Amazigh people in Algeria
Kamira Nait Sid, a participant in the 2014 Indigenous Fellowship Programme of the UN Human Rights Office in Geneva, promotes the Amazigh language, culture and identity in Algeria.
16 October 2014
Web resource gathers human rights education commitments of States in one place
Web resource gathers human rights education commitments of States in one place
A web resource called “The Right to Human Rights Education”, which was unveiled during a side event at the 27th session of the Human Rights Council, is a compilation of all the provisions of international and regional instruments that highlight commitments made by States to human rights education.
22 September 2014
The study of human rights becomes a core subject in Kenyan universities
The study of human rights becomes a core subject in Kenyan universities
The United Nations Human Rights Office and the University of Nairobi have initialled an agreement ensuring human rights has a place in the curriculum for undergraduate students.
21 August 2014
Summer School on Human Rights ends in Moscow
Summer School on Human Rights ends in Moscow
Seventy five Masters Students, senior undergraduates and post-graduates participate in the second edition of the Summer School on Human Rights programme in Russia.
27 June 2014
UN Human Rights Office advances human rights education in Mozambique
UN Human Rights Office advances human rights education in Mozambique
The UN Human Rights Office contributes a variety of human rights publications to the Eduardo Mondlane University’s new Human Rights Resource Centre in Maputo, Mozambique.
10 January 2014
New advanced studies courses on human rights in Bolivia and Kenya
New advanced studies courses on human rights in Bolivia and Kenya
Advanced studies institutions in Bolivia and Kenya introduce new human rights curricula.
30 December 2013
“A Path to Dignity: The Power of Human Rights Education”
“A Path to Dignity: The Power of Human Rights Education”
A documentary film on the positive impact of human rights education in people’s lives is launched by the UN Human Rights Office together with two civil society organizations.
20 September 2012
Knowledge for change in Nepal
Knowledge for change in Nepal
The United Nations Human Rights office in Nepal helps protect the rights of indigenous communities near wildlife conservation parks across the country through human rights training
9 August 2010
Moscow Universities offer Master’s degrees in Human Rights for the first time
Moscow Universities offer Master’s degrees in Human Rights for the first time
The Moscow Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights negotiates an agreement for the first Master’s degree in Human Rights in Russia.
5 October 2009
A new practical guide to human rights education
A new practical guide to human rights education
A new practical guide to human rights education, which collects 101 exemplary practices from Central Asia, Europe and North America, is now available.
2 October 2009