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.
| |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
| |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
| |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
| |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
| |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
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
| |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
| |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
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