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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.

 

“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
Upholding human rights in a hostile climate
Upholding human rights in a hostile climate
UN Human Rights chief, Michelle Bachelet, highlights the results of her office in 2018 in a report that includes a new format and innovative features.
14 June 2019
Tunisia
Tunisia's Fundamental Covenant, at 150 years old, is a precursor to the UDHR
One of the oldest and most far reaching visions of equality stems from the Arab world.
13 June 2019
Women’s activism has kept every kind of human rights struggle
Women’s activism has kept every kind of human rights struggle 'alive and fertile, like the earth'
The advancement of women's rights can lay claim to be one of the most far-reaching social revolutions the world has seen.
29 May 2019
To shape a life, and a world, which hold steady to core principles
To shape a life, and a world, which hold steady to core principles
The High Commissioner speaks to students graduating from Columbia University
20 May 2019
The "art" of law goes deeper than rules: it is justice
The "art" of law goes deeper than rules: it is justice
In St. Petersburg, the High Commissioner urged work to provide effective, accountable justice institutions for all.
16 May 2019
'Stop the War on Children': an important new campaign
"This is about who we are, and the kind of society we want to live in," the High Commissioner said.
16 May 2019
"People do not lose their human rights because they use drugs"
"People do not lose their human rights because they use drugs"
High Commissioner Bachelet delivers a keynote to an important global conference on drug use.
29 April 2019
Ensuring that supply chains for mineral extraction are free from human rights harms
Ensuring that supply chains for mineral extraction are free from human rights harms
"The interests of the mining industry do not diverge from the interests of humanity", High Commissioner Bachelet tells a key meeting at the OECD.
23 April 2019
Shaping greater justice, equality and dignity across the world
Shaping greater justice, equality and dignity across the world
Today’s threats to human rights – and human life – are connected ; but so are the solutions, the High Commissioner tells law students in Washington DC.
18 April 2019
Working to eradicate torture in Afghanistan
Working to eradicate torture in Afghanistan
Rates of torture and ill treatment for conflict-related detainees in Afghanistan have declined since 2016, according to a new report from UN Human Rights. However, there is still a long way to go to fully eradicate the practice.
17 April 2019
"Racism is the opposite of everything we stand for"
"Racism is the opposite of everything we stand for"
All of us need to call out and openly condemn all messages – especially political messages or discourses – which disseminate ideas based on racial superiority or hatred, or which incite racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance.
21 March 2019
Sri Lanka needs "more consistent, comprehensive and accelerated" measures for accountability and reform
Sri Lanka needs "more consistent, comprehensive and accelerated" measures for accountability and reform
High Commissioner Bachelet updates the Human Rights Council on continuing human rights concerns.
20 March 2019
Venezuela’s far-reaching human rights crisis calls for common agreement on a political solution
Venezuela’s far-reaching human rights crisis calls for common agreement on a political solution
High Commissioner Bachelet discusses the human rights situation in the country.
20 March 2019
A source of life – or a cause for conflict: water is a human right
A source of life – or a cause for conflict: water is a human right
Surely no development priority speaks more directly to fundamental human dignity than the availability of safe drinking water
19 March 2019
Human Rights Council debates racism, nationalism and populism
Human Rights Council debates racism, nationalism and populism
"You can care about your country and still care about the world": High Commissioner Bachelet vows to fight "all forms of racism, every day of every year"
15 March 2019
Attacked because of who they are and what they do
Attacked because of who they are and what they do
“In the current political climate there is a backlash against human rights. Women defenders are often the first to come under attack,” Michel Forst, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders told members of the Human Rights Council.
11 March 2019
High Commissioner Bachelet calls on States to take strong action against inequalities
High Commissioner Bachelet calls on States to take strong action against inequalities
Human rights build hope. And measures that uphold the full range of civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights create powerful synergies, with better outcomes for everyone.
6 March 2019
20 years of the Mine Ban Treaty
20 years of the Mine Ban Treaty
The Treaty’s focus on the protection, dignity and rights of individuals makes it an outstanding example of multilateralism
1 March 2019
"Human rights-based policies are effective. They deliver better outcomes. They prevent conflicts, and build hope"
"Human rights-based policies are effective. They deliver better outcomes. They prevent conflicts, and build hope"
High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet opens the 40th session of the Human Rights Council
25 February 2019
High Commissioner condemns Venezuela violence
High Commissioner condemns Venezuela violence
Michelle Bachelet condemns the “disgraceful” violence in Venezuela, urging the Government to stop its forces from using excessive force and to rein in armed pro-Government elements that are attacking protestors.
25 February 2019
Showcasing human rights success in daily lives
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
Annual Appeal presentation
The Office is a vital tool for greater prevention, and better protection, around the world.
17 January 2019
1,111 days into the 2030 Agenda, are we succeeding in meeting its great goal of leaving no-one behind?
1,111 days into the 2030 Agenda, are we succeeding in meeting its great goal of leaving no-one behind?
"We need a greater sense of urgency about achieving the Agenda's promise to the world's people," the High Commissioner says.
16 January 2019
Action on climate change is a human rights obligation
Action on climate change is a human rights obligation
The worst effects of climate change can be averted, the High Commissioner says, at COP24 – and they must.
12 December 2018
"‘Change’ is too mild a word": human rights law requires action on climate-related violations
"‘Change’ is too mild a word": human rights law requires action on climate-related violations
At the COP24, High Commissioner Bachelet calls for policies to counter “overwhelming” climate impact
12 December 2018
"The force of these rights binds us together as human beings"
"The force of these rights binds us together as human beings"
High Commissioner Bachelet celebrates the power of human dignity, human equality and human rights
10 December 2018
Meeting the complex challenges of climate change and migration
Meeting the complex challenges of climate change and migration
Prompt, effective and principled policies can better protect those most vulnerable.
9 December 2018
Celebrating human rights heroes, the power of the human spirit and #UDHR70 in South Africa
Celebrating human rights heroes, the power of the human spirit and #UDHR70 in South Africa
"A shared river of history runs between us," the High Commissioner says, citing Nelson Mandela and Albertine Sisulu.
7 December 2018
Bachelet celebrates Human Rights Day
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