Statements and Speeches

Statements by the High Commissioner 

HC Statements 2018


August 2018
"This is what true leaders look like" - High Commissioner Zeid's parting message 
30 August 2018
“Now look at today’s politicians. First, those who occupy so much of the news media’s attention: the Trumps, the Orbans, the Salvinis. Keen to be viewed as the virile leaders of their respective countries; eager to inflate their image by harming migrants and refugees, the most vulnerable in society. If there is courage in that, I fail to see it. Authoritarian leaders, or elected leaders inclined toward it, are bullies, deceivers, selfish cowards.”

July 2018
Thousands of Rohingya refugees continue to flee violence
4 July 2018
38th session of the Human Rights Council
Statement by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein

June 2018
Opening statement and global update of human rights concerns by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein at 38th session of the Human Rights Council
18 June 2018

May 2018
Pregnant Rohingya Refugees Are in Desperate Need
By Assistant High Commissioner Andrew Gilmour
May 9, 2018

HC Statements 2017

October 2017
Statement by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein at the end of visit to Libya
Geneva, 12 October 2017

June 2017:
Human Rights Council Intersessional Panel Discussion on Human Rights, Climate Change, Migrants and Persons Displaced across International Borders
June 06, 2017
By United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights,  Ms. Kate Gilmore

September 2017:
Oral update of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on Libya pursuant to Human Rights Council resolution 34/38
Human Rights Council – 36th session
Address by Ms. Kate Gilmore, United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights
9/27/2017

Panel discussion on the impact of multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination and violence in the context of racism
Addresses by Ms. Kate Gilmore, United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights at the 36th session of the Human Rights Council
Geneva, 25 September 2017

Human Rights Council 36th session
Opening Statement by Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
11 September 2017

Panel discussion on unaccompanied migrant children and adolescents and human rights
Statement by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein
35th regular session of the Human Rights Council

6/9/2017

Returned migrants are being robbed, raped and murdered in Libya
Opinion by By Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
8 September 2017

February 2017
Malta summit: Protect rights of migrants, Zeid urges EU
3 February 2017

HC Statements 2016

December 2016
UN report urges end to inhuman detention of migrants in Libya
13 December 2016

September 2016
Zeid warns against populists and demagogues in Europe and U.S.
5 September 2016

August 2016
Jailing migrants is not the solution to Bulgaria’s migration challenges
11 August 2016

July 2016
Press briefing note on Hungary
By the spokespersons for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Rupert Colville
5 July 2016 

March 2016
UN rights chief expresses serious concerns over EU-Turkey agreement
24 March 2016

February 2016
Europe/migration: Five-country police agreement exacerbates crisis and puts vulnerable migrants at risk
25 February 2016

UN report documents litany of violations and abuses amid chaos in Libya
25 February 2016

HC Statements 2015

October 2015:
Zeid urges Czech Republic to stop detention of migrants and refugees
22 October 2015

EU migration policy will fail unless comprehensive and grounded in human rights
6 October 2015 

September 2015:
Hungary violating international law in response to migration crisis
17 September 2015

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