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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.

 

Threats to human rights are rising – but so are solutions, High Commissioner says
Threats to human rights are rising – but so are solutions, High Commissioner says
Opening the 43rd session of the Human Rights Council, Michelle Bachelet said “Today’s turbulent political landscape requires usable policy tools that are rooted in experience, with a proven track record. These tools exist.”
24 February 2020
Multilateralism in action: cooperating with the OSCE to prevent crises and uphold human rights
Multilateralism in action: cooperating with the OSCE to prevent crises and uphold human rights
“We can choose to work for peace – or we can watch as grievances fester and build up, until violence escalates into conflict,” the High Commissioner said at the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly. “Peace depends on us.” She emphasised the increasing effectiveness of cooperation between the Office and OSCE bodies.
20 February 2020
Justice for past crimes can build a shared future
Justice for past crimes can build a shared future
The High Commissioner briefs the Security Council on experiences with transitional justice across the world
13 February 2020
Impartial, independent rule of law is vital to sound societies
Impartial, independent rule of law is vital to sound societies
The rule of law makes institutions accountable for upholding human rights and the fair delivery of public services. And it empowers all individuals – including those who suffer entrenched discrimination -- to claim their rights. But the independence and impartiality of the judiciary is coming under threat in many countries.
6 February 2020
Human rights education helps protect all societies from the mindset that produced the Nazi Holocaust
Human rights education helps protect all societies from the mindset that produced the Nazi Holocaust
75 years after the liberation of the extermination camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau, and the end of the devastating crimes of the Holocaust, violence and discrimination continue to be directed against Jews and others.
27 January 2020
High Commissioner Bachelet launches a 2020 funding appeal based on fundamental new challenges
High Commissioner Bachelet launches a 2020 funding appeal based on fundamental new challenges
Total extra-budgetary resources required for 2020 amount to US$ 375.5 million, for a programme the High Commissioner termed “unmatched in the history of this Office”
15 January 2020
Venezuela: High Commissioner Bachelet details plans for new human rights assistance
Venezuela: High Commissioner Bachelet details plans for new human rights assistance
Briefing to the Human Rights Council on important human rights issues in Venezuela, and prospects for a newly signed human rights cooperation agreement
18 December 2019
Bachelet: International Migrants Day
Bachelet: International Migrants Day
On International Migrants Day, High Commissioner Bachelet reflects on the human desire to belong, and calls for celebration of our shared humanity.
18 December 2019
Report on Chile crisis describes multiple police violations and calls for reforms
Report on Chile crisis describes multiple police violations and calls for reforms
Report on the mass protests and state of emergency in Chile concludes the police and army failed to adhere to international norms and standards, and calls for reforms.
13 December 2019
Urging business actors to grasp the scope of climate-related impacts on human rights
Urging business actors to grasp the scope of climate-related impacts on human rights
At the COP25 in Madrid, the High Commissioner detailed human rights-based actions that States, businesses and investors should employ
9 December 2019
Young people
Young people's advocacy and activism for climate justice brings us all hope for climate action
At the COP25 in Madrid, the High Commissioner applauds youth movements for climate justice, pledging help to uphold young people's human rights
9 December 2019
Bachelet: We salute youth for standing up on climate
Bachelet: We salute youth for standing up on climate
We owe a debt of gratitude to the millions of children, teenagers and young adults who have been standing up and speaking out more and more loudly about the climate crisis facing our planet.
9 December 2019
Our climate crisis makes labour rights and activism even more crucial, the High Commissioner said at the COP25
Our climate crisis makes labour rights and activism even more crucial, the High Commissioner said at the COP25
Trade unions' combat for dignity will be invaluable to ensure that adaptation to climate change creates new jobs, and lifts people out of poverty.
8 December 2019
The Climate Vulnerable Forum is crucial for climate action, High Commissioner says
The Climate Vulnerable Forum is crucial for climate action, High Commissioner says
Climate change threatens people's livelihoods, communities, health, development – even their lives, and nowhere is this clearer than in small island States and other members of the Climate Vulnerable Forum.
2 December 2019
Engaging business and investment institutions to end human trafficking and slavery
Engaging business and investment institutions to end human trafficking and slavery
There’s a new realisation that financial institutions may also be involved in slavery and trafficking – and can help end these crimes, which currently victimise “one in every 185 people alive”.
27 November 2019
Governments need to step up action for human rights in business activities
Governments need to step up action for human rights in business activities
We need stronger frameworks for accountability and governance, to ensure business activities don't involve exploitation of workers and users of their products; land grabs and other abuses of the rights of local communities; increased inequalities and damage to our right to a healthy environment.
25 November 2019
Bachelet calls for "a multilateralism which expresses people’s needs, and which protects and advances their human rights"
Bachelet calls for "a multilateralism which expresses people’s needs, and which protects and advances their human rights"
"If Governments and security forces treat their people as enemies, enemies is what they may become," High Commissioner Bachelet said, of today's mass protests. "The excessive use of force breaks bones, breaks lives, and it also breaks trust – in institutions; in leaders; in the rule of law."
22 November 2019
Ceremonies in Geneva and New York underscore the urgency of stronger action to uphold children’s rights
Ceremonies in Geneva and New York underscore the urgency of stronger action to uphold children’s rights
Bridging two events on either side of the Atlantic to mark 30 years of the child rights convention, High Commissioner Bachelet emphasised the need for action to stem the “deprivation, misery, exploitation and violence” so many children suffer.
20 November 2019
Mass protests cry out for more effective and sustainable policies and governance based on human rights
Mass protests cry out for more effective and sustainable policies and governance based on human rights
High Commissioner Bachelet looks at the human rights issues at the core of today’s mass protests -- and suggests ways they can be solved
19 November 2019
Accelerating the world
Accelerating the world's promise of accountability for sexual and reproductive health and rights
At the Nairobi Summit to mark the 25th anniversary of the ground-breaking International Conference on Population and Development, the High Commissioner called for a “more explicit human rights approach, to hold ourselves and our Governments accountable”
13 November 2019
Chris Mburu, winner, 2019 Eleanor Roosevelt Human Rights Award
Chris Mburu, winner, 2019 Eleanor Roosevelt Human Rights Award
Right to education defender and former UN Human Rights staff, Chris Mburu, receives the 2019 Eleanor Roosevelt Human Rights Award.
7 November 2019
Cyberspace cannot be an ungoverned zone, or a
Cyberspace cannot be an ungoverned zone, or a 'human rights black hole'
High Commissioner Bachelet issues a strong statement on digital risks – and potential solutions
18 October 2019
“The lifeblood which sustains every healthy society”: human rights-based solutions to today’s challenges
“The lifeblood which sustains every healthy society”: human rights-based solutions to today’s challenges
As a new global and digital landscape comes into sharper focus, the challenges we face are tightly intertwined, the High Commissioner told students at Harvard's Kennedy School – and they require a coherent approach that is principled, grounded in a very broad consensus, and which has demonstrated its value for decades.
18 October 2019
Katura Halleday: “The youth today are the leaders of tomorrow”
Katura Halleday: “The youth today are the leaders of tomorrow”
Young Australian rights defender, Katura Halleday, is helping reduce education inequality. On the International Day of the Girl Child, 11 October, we celebrate her and the countless other girls who are proving they are unscripted and unstoppable.
11 October 2019
Navigating uncertainty and change with a human rights approach that embraces dialogue, clarity, principles – and justice
Navigating uncertainty and change with a human rights approach that embraces dialogue, clarity, principles – and justice
In Australia, the High Commissioner weighs today's turbulence with that of past eras – and advocates global engagement and the implementation of human rights.
9 October 2019
A Human rights conversation in Australia
A Human rights conversation in Australia
"Ambitious human rights gains are achievable and Australians can be mobilised to uphold the rights of others, as they showed the world in legislating marriage equality. Reason, evidence and empathy can help temper visceral emotional responses and advance rights for all. We need a conversation," Bachelet.
8 October 2019
First-ever visit by UN Human Rights Chief to Malaysia
First-ever visit by UN Human Rights Chief to Malaysia
Bachelet calls on the people of Malaysia to celebrate the kaleidoscope of ethnicity, religion, language and other identities that make the country so special by standing up for the rights of those whose beliefs and backgrounds differ from their own.
5 October 2019
High Commissioner signs “milestone agreement” to open UN Human Rights Office in Sudan
High Commissioner signs “milestone agreement” to open UN Human Rights Office in Sudan
With an agreement to open UN human rights offices in Sudan, we are poised to accompany the country through an important moment in its history.
25 September 2019
“Universal health coverage is achievable,” says High Commissioner
“Universal health coverage is achievable,” says High Commissioner
High-level meeting on universal health hears that healthy societies are the key to unlocking sustainable development
23 September 2019
“The world has never seen a threat to human rights of this scope”: High Commissioner
“The world has never seen a threat to human rights of this scope”: High Commissioner's update highlights climate threats
Michelle Bachelet's wide-ranging update to the Human Rights Council outlines human rights gains and setbacks across the world, and urges greater partnership
9 September 2019
Oral Update on the Human Rights Situation in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela
Oral Update on the Human Rights Situation in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela
At the Human Rights Council, High Commissioner Bachelet details continuing and serious human rights concerns in Venezuela
9 September 2019
"The cost of doing nothing is far too expensive": High Commissioner informally briefs States
"The cost of doing nothing is far too expensive": High Commissioner informally briefs States
A wide-ranging statement details many human rights and procedural concerns, days before the Human Rights Council opens session.
4 September 2019
New Partnership: UN Human Rights Office and Wikimedia Foundation
New Partnership: UN Human Rights Office and Wikimedia Foundation
United Nations Human Rights and Wikimedia Foundation signed a partnership agreement to improve the quality and quantity of human rights content on Wikipedia multilingual platforms.
29 August 2019
A tribute to humanitarians who have lost their lives in serving people across the world
A tribute to humanitarians who have lost their lives in serving people across the world
We mourn the deaths of the selfless humanitarians and human rights defenders who have been killed in their service to save lives and ensure respect for human rights
19 August 2019
Older people need stronger human rights protection
Older people need stronger human rights protection
Older persons need a dedicated convention to protect their human rights, experts told the Human Rights Council. “We are leaving older people behind, they tend to be forgotten,” said Idah Mukuka Nambeya from the Grandmothers to Grandmothers programme, which supports older women working in communities across Africa.
22 July 2019
New labour Convention to tackle violence against women at work
New labour Convention to tackle violence against women at work
UN Human Rights Chief Michelle Bachelet has welcomed a new Convention adopted by the International Labour Organisation on the elimination of violence and harassment against women at work.
18 July 2019
Powering the 2030 Agenda with Sustainable Development Goal 16
Powering the 2030 Agenda with Sustainable Development Goal 16
The construction of peaceful and just societies, with effective, accountable and inclusive institutions, drives development that is sustainable because it is deep, broad, and self-regenerating.
17 July 2019
Venezuela: High Commissioner Bachelet calls for dialogue and change
Venezuela: High Commissioner Bachelet calls for dialogue and change
Briefing the Human Rights Council, she outlines the "dramatic impact" of the crisis on fundamental rights
5 July 2019
Climate change: highlighting the need for gender-specific action
Climate change: highlighting the need for gender-specific action
Climate change has specific adverse impacts on women and girls – but women also have much to contribute to climate action.
28 June 2019
First UN Human Rights presence in Venezuela
First UN Human Rights presence in Venezuela
Ending the first-ever visit by a UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to Venezuela, Michelle Bachelet left a team of two staff to advise on, assist with, and monitor the rights situation in the country.
22 June 2019