Human Rights Day 2012 - Feature stories
Many inspirational stories on inclusion and the right to participate in public life throughout this year have been featured on our website and can be found here.
| |Showcasing human rights success in daily lives
Defending cultural rights of indigenous weavers in Guatemala; challenging discrimination against minorities in Moldova; supporting families of missing persons in South Korea and Kosovo*. As the UN Human Rights Annual Appeal kicks off for 2019, witness the difference our everyday work in human rights makes in people’s lives.
18 January 2019
| |Annual Appeal presentation
The Office is a vital tool for greater prevention, and better protection, around the world.
17 January 2019
| |Bachelet celebrates Human Rights Day
As we celebrate the 70th anniversary and many achievements of this trailblazing document, High Commissioner Bachelet calls on "each of us to do our part to breathe life into the beautiful dream of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights."
7 December 2018
| |Human rights to live in harmony
The UN Human Rights office kicks off in Manchester “a month of activation,” with other events taking place across the world, leading up to the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the iconic Universal Declaration of Human Rights on 10 December.
15 November 2018
| |South Sudan: Call to free hundreds of abducted civilians
UN report details surge in violence between April and August in South Sudan where hundreds of civilians were abducted, raped, forced into sexual slavery and forcibly recruited. Accountability for these crimes is essential.
18 October 2018
| |Nobel Peace Prize: Nadia Murad and Denis Mukwege
UN human rights chief salutes Nobel Peace Prize winners Nadia Murad and Denis Mukwege. “This is richly deserved recognition of these two extraordinarily brave, persistent and effective campaigners against the scourge of sexual violence, and the use of rape as a weapon of war.”
5 October 2018
| |Syria: justice must be delivered
Impunity and denial of the truth, like dry gunpowder, can ignite the flames of conflict at any time. High Commissioner Bachelet calls for justice for Syria, citing Latin America's successful examples.
27 September 2018
| |Telling good human rights stories
Sometimes we lose sight of the good human rights stories - stories that produce a ripple effect, even a surge, forging new mind-sets across society.
27 September 2018
| |Empowering women unlocks economic potential
Gender inequality is damaging to society as a whole. High Commissioner Bachelet at the UN in New York urges us to confront obstacles to women’s economic empowerment and unleash their potential.
27 September 2018
| |In 70 years of the Universal Declaration, a thousand steps forward
We still have a long way to go towards protection of the human rights of all, everywhere, but in the 70 years since the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted, humanity has moved a thousand steps forward, Bachelet tells the UN in New York.
26 September 2018
| |Poverty makes people especially vulnerable to injustice
"There is no more heart-rending example of the failure of the rule of law than when inequity in the justice system is compounded by poverty to expose people to the ultimate injustice of the death penalty," Michelle Bachelet tells high-level officials in New York.
25 September 2018
| |Michelle Bachelet becomes new UN Human Rights Chief
On 1 September 2018, Michelle Bachelet assumed her functions as the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. The UN Human Rights Office was established in 1993 and Ms. Bachelet is the seventh High Commissioner.
1 September 2018
| |Kofi Annan: the epitome of human decency and grace
The United Nations Human Rights Office is deeply saddened by the passing of Kofi Annan. He will always be remembered for his leadership as a courageous, dynamic and charismatic Secretary-General.
18 August 2018
| |"A piece of me died that day"
"No matter how many years go by, there is always that one moment, like a secret drawer where the pain is still intact," said Laura Dolci. Her husband, Jean-Sélim Kanaan, was among the 22 UN staff who were killed during the 2003 UN compound bombing in Baghdad.
16 August 2018
| |A reflection on past war crimes and today’s crimes against humanity
Zeid and Nuremberg prosecutor, Benjamin Ferencz, reflect on progress achieved in protecting human rights since the end of World War II. “We are all inhabitants of a single planet … I regret that the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is being violated … more than it is being accepted,”Ferencz says.
8 August 2018
| |Zeid disturbed and concerned by current human rights situation in OPT
“Only an end to occupation can bring about lasting peace an establish the conditions in which the human rights of all can be fully respected and each side respects the humanity and equality of each other,” said UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein.
23 July 2018
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