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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.

 

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
"The movement to ensure businesses uphold human rights is gaining momentum"
"The movement to ensure businesses uphold human rights is gaining momentum"
In a keynote to the 2018 Business Forum, the High Commissioner argues for greater human rights due diligence and advocacy.
26 November 2018
"I look to a Europe which has the courage and will to continue building on its achievements"
"I look to a Europe which has the courage and will to continue building on its achievements"
In Brussels, the High Commissioner calls for policies that resist discrimination and uphold fairness and dignity.
20 November 2018
Human rights to live in harmony
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
Does digital technology offer us fresh hope for the realization of human rights -- or is it Game Over?
Does digital technology offer us fresh hope for the realization of human rights -- or is it Game Over?
The internet is increasingly becoming an arena for sophisticated forces of propaganda, surveillance and manipulation
14 November 2018
ISIL’s legacy of terror: at least 200 mass graves in Iraq
ISIL’s legacy of terror: at least 200 mass graves in Iraq
The UN has uncovered the existence of some 200 mass graves in areas formely controled by ISIL in Iraq. A new UN report says there may be more.
7 November 2018
"No such thing as an unimportant child"- Bachelet on harm to children by air pollution
"No such thing as an unimportant child"- Bachelet on harm to children by air pollution
“Air pollution deepens inequalities, and compounds injustices. It is unacceptable that children be systematically damaged in this way.”
1 November 2018
High Commissioner Bachelet defends the rights of human rights defenders at a Summit meeting in Paris
High Commissioner Bachelet defends the rights of human rights defenders at a Summit meeting in Paris
“It is not an act of terrorism to disagree with a Government’s policies…. Criticism is not the same thing as treason”, she declared.
29 October 2018
Angola mass expulsions put thousands of Congolese at risk
Angola mass expulsions put thousands of Congolese at risk
Hundreds of thousands of people deported from Angola to the DRC are in an extremely precarious situation with serious rights violations reported on both sides of the border, High Commissioner Bachelet says.
26 October 2018
South Sudan: Call to free hundreds of abducted civilians
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
Bachelet says human rights must be at core of UN action
Bachelet says human rights must be at core of UN action
With 71 field presences, Kenya, Tunisia and Colombia are just a few of the countries where the UN Human Rights Office, working with governments, has recorded key human rights milestones.
15 October 2018
Nobel Peace Prize: Nadia Murad and Denis Mukwege
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
Rights declaration still world’s brightest shining light
Rights declaration still world’s brightest shining light
As it clocks 70 years, the world’s most translated document – 500 languages and counting – is hailed as the conscience of the world and an inspiration for justice for generations to come.
4 October 2018
There is nothing more patriotic than fighting for public good - Bachelet
There is nothing more patriotic than fighting for public good - Bachelet
"We need to hammer this message home: criticism and debate do not constitute terrorism - they are a preventive tool against the rise of violent extremism," High Commissioner Bachelet.
27 September 2018
Syria: justice must be delivered
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
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
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
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
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
To combat the ‘odious scourge’ of genocide, we must make every effort to promote justice
To combat the ‘odious scourge’ of genocide, we must make every effort to promote justice
The genocide convention matters as much today as it did 70 years ago, High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet said.
13 September 2018
"Human rights are a powerful medicine" to heal wounds and develop resilience
"Human rights are a powerful medicine" to heal wounds and develop resilience
High Commissioner Bachelet opens the Human Rights Council session with a statement of hope for universal rights.
10 September 2018
Bachelet applauds Indian Supreme Court LGBT ruling
Bachelet applauds Indian Supreme Court LGBT ruling
As Indian LGBT activists celebrate, Bachelet urges courts in other countries to follow unanimous Supreme Court decision to decriminalize consensual same-sex relations
7 September 2018
Michelle Bachelet becomes new UN Human Rights Chief
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
"This is what true leaders look like" - High Commissioner Zeid
"This is what true leaders look like" - High Commissioner Zeid's parting message
A note of courage and defiance on behalf of human rights defenders, and "a longing for the leadership of the just".
30 August 2018
Nicaragua rights crisis demands action and accountability
Nicaragua rights crisis demands action and accountability
Repression and retaliation continue in the wake of protests in Nicaragua as the world looks away, Zeid warns, as he calls for urgent action to tackle the country’s human rights crisis.
29 August 2018
Kofi Annan: the epitome of human decency and grace
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"
"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
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
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
Civilians in South Sudan killed, raped by Government forces
Civilians in South Sudan killed, raped by Government forces
There must be consequences for the men who reportedly gang-raped children, slit the throats of elderly villagers and shot fleeing civilians in the swamps where they hid, High Commissioner Zeid urges.
10 July 2018
Thousands of Rohingya refugees continue to flee violence
Thousands of Rohingya refugees continue to flee violence
"No amount of rhetoric can whitewash the facts", the High Commissioner says, urging referral of Myanmar to the International Criminal Court.
4 July 2018
What choice will you make – for yourself, and for our world?
What choice will you make – for yourself, and for our world?
True patriotism consists in viewing humanity as a community of mutual responsibility, with shared needs and goals.
2 July 2018