How we make a difference 2013

New advanced studies courses on human rights in Bolivia and Kenya
Advanced studies institutions in Bolivia and Kenya introduce new human rights curricula.
Rimon Albeer Misattr, a defender of the Iraqi Christian minority
Minority Fellow Rimon Albeer Misattr works to increase global awareness on issues pertaining to minorities.
“Realizing the Right to Development” – a vision for transformative development
The UN Human Rights Office launches a publication, which clarifies the meaning and status of the right to development, and examines its principles, as they are applied to national development policies and governance as well as to the issues of aid, debt, trade, technology transfer, intellectual property, access to medicines, climate change and sustainable development.
Changing the debate on migration through art
On the occasion of International Migrants Day, the UN Human Rights Office and the International Labour Organization launch a series of cartoons to challenge myths and encourage a positive public perception of migration.
A call to “Orange the World” to end violence against women
Physical violence inflicted by intimate partners is the most common form of violence experienced by women. The UN Human Rights Office supports the UNiTE Campaign to create a symbolic vision of a world free from violence against women.
Making human rights in business a priority
More than 1,000 participants from over 100 countries across the world representing civil society organizations, affected persons and communities, governments and corporations in manufacturing, information and communication technology, mining, oil and energy, agribusiness, banking and finance recently met at the United Nations second annual Forum on Business and Human Rights to address the impacts of business on human rights.
Human Rights Day Celebrated Around the World
Human Rights Day events throughout the world commemorated the 20th Anniversary of the establishment of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the adoption of the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action.
Human Rights Prizes awarded in New York on Human Rights Day
In a ceremonial session of the UN General Assembly, Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson awarded the prizes to winners of the 2013 UN Prize in the Field of Human Rights.
UN discussion addresses violence against women human rights defenders
“Too often, women human rights defenders are targeted, often even physically attacked, when perceived as challenging socio-cultural norms and traditions related to their status as women,” says Navi Pillay at the UN Human Rights Council’s annual day to explore questions of gender equality.
Human Rights: a look at the next 20 years
A special event marked the end of the year-long commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the UN Human Rights Office with a series of interactive conversations on human rights issues.
Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela
The world mourns the passing of Nelson Mandela, one of the greatest statesmen of the modern era. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay remembers her fellow countryman as a man who fought for dignity and liberty for all citizens, regardless of race.
2013 United Nations Human Rights Prize
Every five years, the UN Human Rights Prize is an award given to individuals and organizations in recognition of outstanding achievement in human rights.
Human Rights Day event celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Office
A special day-long event will mark the end of the year-long commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the UN Human Rights Office with a series of conversations on human rights issues.
Access to justice and reparations for victims of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
The UN Human Rights Office develops a project to enable the social and economic reintegration of survivors of sexual violence in the South Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, a region plagued by army and militia violence.
Global security at stake: Transparency and accountability are crucial in drone warfare
In their reports to the General Assembly, two UN independent experts have focused on the use of armed drones and warn about their potential illegal use.
Ending Forced Marriage Worldwide
Forced marriage is a global problem, affecting both boys and girls and cutting across countries, cultures, religions and ethnicities.
Making strides in protecting and promoting human rights in Europe
The UN Human Rights Office and the Council of Europe Secretariat agree to strengthen cooperation to promote and protect human rights.
Human rights at the centre of development
Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay and Chair of United Nations Development Group Helen Clarke affirm that human rights mainstreaming has become part of the core work of the United Nations development system.
A National Human Rights Action Plan – Uganda follows through on its commitment to the Universal Periodic Review
The Government of Uganda acts to improve the promotion and protection of human rights through the negotiation of a National Human Rights Action Plan.
Society at large should combat racism, say sports professionals
Racism is a societal problem not inherent to sport and more precisely football, say football associations at a special event at the United Nations in Geneva.
The situation of Human Rights Defenders in Mexico
A report launched earlier this year by the UN Human Rights Office in Mexico provides an update on the situation of human rights defenders in the country.
The right to privacy in the digital age
UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay describes a ‘blurring of lines between the public and private sphere” brought about by modern communications technology and the challenges this poses to ensuring effective protection of the right to privacy.
New UN campaigns use Google search results to reveal prevalence of sexism and homophobia
New social media campaign uses Google search results to reveal hidden depths of homophobic hate.
“Everyone turned a blind eye”- UN Rights Chief at Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum
UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay commemorates the victims of the Nazi regime at the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum during her first official visit to Poland.
Post-conflict societies: learning history from different points of view
In a report presented during the United Nations General Assembly’s 68th session in New York, Special Rapporteur in the Field of Cultural Rights Farida Shaheed said the writing and teaching of history in divided and post-conflict areas should serve the purpose of fostering critical thinking.
Demystifying migration: giving a voice to millions
“We urgently need to demystify migration and present a more accurate picture of contemporary migration,” said UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay during the 2013 High-Level Dialogue on International Migration and Development, held at the United Nations in New York.
Working for a more inclusive policy towards migrant Roma in France
The UN Human Rights Regional Office for Europe works with civil society organizations and the French Government to change the policy of forced evictions of migrant Roma in France.
Syria: seeking protection of children’s rights during times of war
“We must do more to save children from the scourge of conflict,” says the Special Representative of the Secretary- General for Children and Armed Conflict, Leila Zerrougui at the 24th Session of the UN Human Rights Council.
Martin Ennals Award: recognizing the work of human rights defenders
The Joint Mobile Group was awarded the prestigious Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders for its work in the Chechen Republic, Russian Federation. The ceremony also recognized human rights defenders in Egypt and Haiti.
Human Rights history: a journey through the past 20 years
The UN Human Rights Office launched today a website on the 20th Anniversary of the Office and an interactive timeline of key events in the human rights field in the past 20 years.
"Hidden" victims: the children of parents on death row
The Human Rights Council, at its latest meeting in Geneva, has brought to the fore the human rights of children whose parents are on death row, urging States to provide appropriate protection and assistance.
UN expert group calls for the recognition of people of African descent
Recognizing that people of African descent are a distinct group particularly vulnerable to racism, racial discrimination and xenophobia is essential to increasing their visibility and enabling them to realize their human rights, say UN human rights experts.
Assault on medical care: a distinct and chilling reality of the civil war in Syria
The Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria, in a special report to the 24th Human Rights Council meeting in Geneva has focused attention on the assault on medical care of the sick and wounded, as one of the “most alarming features of the Syrian conflict.”
Unprecedented ministerial meeting on LGBT rights protection
Foreign ministers call for worldwide respect of the human rights of LGBT people at the first ministerial UN meeting on that issue.
Justice achieved: two wrongful convictions overturned by the Cambodian Supreme Court
More than nine years on, justice is finally achieved for two men wrongfully convicted in the killing of one of Cambodia’s most prominent unionists.
UN experts highlight pressing issues ahead of the first indigenous peoples’ world conference
Rights experts at the Human Rights Council discuss remaining challenges and objectives for the first World Conference on Indigenous Peoples’ Rights scheduled for September 2014.
Democratic Republic of the Congo: joining forces in the fight against sexual violence
Sylvie Vwiranda is a clinical psychologist who helps victims of sexual violence in the Ituri district in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
Embracing a new paradigm for development
A UN Human Rights Office side event on the Post-2015 Agenda held at the United Nations in New York focused on innovative and practical human rights recommendations from Member States, the UN and civil society.
Vienna+20: A new vision for human rights
The Vienna+20 high-level event, held at the United Nations in New York, brought together Presidents, Ministers, civil society, the Deputy Secretary-General and, for the first time ever, two former and the current UN Human Rights Chiefs, to reflect on the human rights progress over the past 20 years and the way forward.
Post-2015 development agenda must be inclusive of the rights of persons with disabilities
A high level side event at the United Nations in New York provided an interactive forum for promoting a post-2015 development agenda that is accessible and inclusive of persons with disabilities.
Imelde Sabushimike: calling for the protection of Burundi's Batwa community
Indigenous Fellow Imelde Sabushimike campaigns for greater attention to integrate the Batwa into Burundi society.
Cutting-edge technology enhances human rights monitoring during Togo elections
A new electoral monitoring system in Togo, launched by the UN Human Rights Office in the country, creates an environment conducive to the free exercise of citizens' rights.
“Unspeakable atrocities” reported by the UN Inquiry into the Human Rights Situation in North Korea
The chair of the UN inquiry investigating human rights in North Korea has called on the global community to respond to a situation which indicates a large-scale pattern of abuse that may constitute systematic and gross human rights violations.
A new electronic database helps eradicate racial discrimination
A new database, developed by the UN Human Rights Office, illustrates existing measures and practices to combat racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance at the international, regional and national levels.
Open House Day at the Palais Wilson highlights 20 years of human rights achievements
The UN Human Rights Office will host an open house at the historic Palais Wilson in Geneva on Saturday, 14 September.
Modern slavery: victims' rehabilitation depends on the UN Trust Fund's financial sustainability
The United Nations Voluntary Trust Fund on Contemporary Forms of Slavery is facing a dramatic decrease in annual voluntary contributions, which impacts on its ability to assist victims of modern slavery.
Human Rights Council’s 24th session opens in Geneva
At the opening of the 24th Session of the Human Rights Council, UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay expressed her distress over the current human rights challenges throughout the world starting with the catastrophic situation in Syria, and highlighted the Office’s recent achievements.
Migration: human stories that mirror rising global inequalities
In the lead-up to a summit on migration at the UN General Assembly in New York, Pillay urges a switch in approach by policy makers from one which frames the movement of millions annually as an economic and political phenomenon to one which is based on universal agreement that every person is entitled to the full range of human rights.
Experts call for proper oversight of private military and security firms working for the UN
The UN Working Group on the Use of Mercenaries raises concerns about the growing practice of the use of private military and security companies by the United Nations without adequate oversight and accountability mechanisms.
Rajani Maharjan: campaigning for social change for the Newar people in Nepal
Indigenous Rights defender Rajani Maharjan from Kathmandu, Nepal, is working to protect the rights of the Newar people.
A UN declaration to promote the rights of people working in rural areas
A working group representing governments from all regions begins consideration of a draft UN Declaration on the rights of peasants and other rural poor.
Achieving equality for women in Tunisia
Women and men in Tunisia’s far-flung regions react positively to a campaign promoting the equal rights of women.
A woman’s mission to eliminate the tradition of FGM in her Kenyan community
Female Genital Mutilation is a traditional ritual afflicting millions of girls worldwide. Nice Nailantei Lengete is working towards eliminating the harmful practice of FGM/C in her Masaai community in Kenya.
The UN Human Rights Office honours staff members who have lost their lives in the service of human rights
A memorial ceremony is held at the UN Human Rights office in Geneva to honour staff members who lost their lives in the line of duty.
The Library of the UN Human Rights Office expands after generous donation
The Library of the UN Human Rights Office has been enriched by a donation reflecting more than a decade of research into emerging human rights issues by the International Council on Human Rights Policy.
Threatening the rights of LGBT persons in Eastern Europe
At a recent meeting in Kiev, participants expressed concern at the human rights impact of new laws in Eastern Europe, which threaten basic rights of LGBT people.
Alma Grace Barla: defending the rights of tribal women in India
Indigenous Fellow Alma Grace Barla promotes the empowerment and socio-economic development of tribal women in India.
Women’s rights in political transitions
A group of leading human rights advocates share their views on political transitions and women’s enjoyment of their rights in their respective countries at an event organized by the UN Human Rights Office.
Tracking progress in achieving human rights goals
The United Nations looks beyond the Millennium Development Goals set fifteen years ago and begins work on the succeeding strategies, most importantly how to assess progress in reaching the agreed targets.
Lebanon: a Code of Conduct to recruit migrant domestic workers
A newly-lunched Code of Conduct provides guidance to recruiting agencies on promoting and protecting the rights of migrant domestic workers in Lebanon.
Free and Equal: a new global public education campaign against homophobia and transphobia
The UN Human Rights Office officially launches Free & Equal—an unprecedented global public education campaign to promote greater respect for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people everywhere.
Access to justice for indigenous peoples
A major new study finds indigenous peoples are more likely to be the victims of crime, to come into contact with police, be charged with offences and to serve time.
EU border management: protecting the rights of migrants
The Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants reported on the result of a one year study on EU management to the HRC at the 23rd Session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva.
States should respect people’s right to privacy- UN expert
Modern State surveillance techniques impede individual’s ability to freely express themselves, seek and receive information, consequently infringing on their right to privacy, finds Frank La Rue, UN expert on freedom of expression.
Mandela’s strength and commitment: an example to all and a call for action
Every year on 18 July, the United Nations observes "Nelson Mandela International Day" in recognition of the former South African President’s contribution to the culture of peace and freedom.
Freedom from fear and want, a sustainable development imperative
The new development framework that will replace the MDGs needs to address the full range of human rights, experts say.
In the search for justice, the whole truth must be told
The UN Human Rights Office in Tunisia urges those working to establish a democracy in the country to deal with past corruption and economic crimes.
ICPD Beyond 2014: advancing human rights for all women
The ICPD Beyond 2014 International Conference on Human Rights provided an interactive forum for highlighting human rights achievements since the landmark 1994 Programme of Action, while addressing the current challenges impacting sexual and reproductive health rights.
Moving away from the death penalty: spotlight on wrongful convictions
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged Member States to move towards the abolition of the death penalty: “We have a duty to prevent innocent people from paying the ultimate price for miscarriages of justice.“
Migrant workers: their right to health care
The Special Rapporteur on the right to health says many of the more than a hundred million migrants who leave their countries every year have little or no access to medical help of any kind.
Demand fosters human trafficking
The UN Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, Joy Ngozi Ezeilo, highlights that the link between demand and supply needs to be better understood by States to end human trafficking.
The Vienna+20 conference looks to the future of the global human rights movement for the next two decades
Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay calls on the global human rights community to stick with the hard-won fundamentals already in place and strive to bridge the implementation gap.
Vienna+20 – the future of human rights
The Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action agreed at the World Conference on Human Rights in 1993 has been described as one of the landmark documents of the twentieth century. The global human rights movement reviews progress since and assesses the future.
Healing torture survivors: A call for action on the International Day in support of victims of torture
Over the past three years, the annual voluntary contributions to the UN Fund for Victims of Torture have decreased dramatically by 30% although needs for assistance are on the rise.
Paving the way to a better future for Roma families in Serbia
The United Nations Human Rights Office and its partners engaged with the Serbian Government to ensure human rights standards were observed in the process of moving Roma families from the slums of Serbia’s capital Belgrade.
Seeking justice for the victims of sexual violence from the armed conflict in Kosovo*
A study commissioned by the UN Human Rights Stand-alone Office in Kosovo recommends a range of reparation measures for the victims of sexual violence committed during the armed conflict in Kosovo in the late 90’s.
The Luminarium: A creative space for discussion
A 1,000 square metre inflatable art installation—Luminarium—was displayed on the grounds of the Palais des Nations in Geneva, which was sponsored by the United Kingdom Permanent Mission to the United Nations.
What we can learn from the story of the Geneva school boy executed by drowning 450 years ago
In June 1566, a 15-year-old school boy, was convicted on charges of homosexuality and sentenced to death by drowning. Almost 450 years later, a commemorative plaque on the spot where the teenager was executed is being unveiled.
“A little bit of money makes a real difference”
Romani human rights activist, Valeriu Nicolae, runs and funds from his own resources a project aimed at giving young people in a Bucharest ghetto a future free of drugs and crime through education and sports.
Indigenous communities in Cambodia claim land rights
Indigenous communities in Cambodia are claiming their land rights through a communal land registration programme that has seen more than 4,000 people benefit from land titles.
Between tradition and exclusion: struggling for the right to pitch a trailer
Candy Sheridan advocates for the rights of the Irish Travellers who were evicted from Dale Farm in Basildon, United Kingdom, over a year ago.
A call for a moratorium on the development and use of lethal autonomous robots
UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Christof Heyns calls for a moratorium on the development and use of lethal autonomous robots.
Paris Principles: 20 years guiding the work of National Human Rights Institutions
The Paris Principles, a set of international standards which frame and guide the work of National Human Rights Institutions mark this year their 20th Anniversary.
Syria: “an intolerable affront to the human conscience”
The Human Rights Council holds its twenty-third regular session from 27 May to 14 June 2013 at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.
The factual backdrop for human rights protection and development agendas
UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay says statistics promoted by her Office can bring clarity and focus to the goal of human rights implementation.
Assisting Communities Together: ACT promoting human rights education
Young Roma women and students in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia explore and put into practice basic human rights principles with the assistance of programmes supported by a joint funding venture of the UN Human Rights Office and the UN Development Programme.
Sierra Leone: Equal opportunities for persons with disabilities
The voice of persons with disabilities and their rights have been amplified in a new law on disabilities ensuring inclusion on all fronts, in the country’s development and in political plans.
“The Riddle”: What exists in every corner of the world but remains illegal in more than 70 countries?
“The Riddle”, a video produced by the UN Human Rights Office and released to coincide with the International Day against Homophobia, draws attention to the impact of homophobia and transphobia on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people around the world.
UN disability rights body confirms that equal access to banking services should be granted to all
The UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities issues an unprecedented decision on a case involving two visually impaired complainants against Hungary.
The politics of exclusion continue in and around Rome
Roma migrants and their defenders describe the living conditions in camps, and forced evictions by the local authorities in Rome, Italy.
An end to mob justice in Haiti
Perceived as an acceptable form of retributive justice, lynching is alarmingly recurrent in Haiti.
Secure housing for millions remains a global challenge
“Millions of people around the world still face the threat of eviction or displacement,” says the Special Rapporteur on adequate housing, Raquel Rolnik, in her latest report, which was presented during the 22nd Session of the UN Human Rights Council.
UN Human Rights Prize 2013
The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights is seeking nominations for the 2013 UN Prize in the Field of Human Rights. Nominations can be sent from a variety of sources: Member States, SA, NGOs and from other appropriate sources.
Innovative grassroots projects for Roma integration in the Czech Republic
The UN Human Rights Office has welcomed projects for the integration of the Roma population launched by the local authorities in Ostrava, Czech Republic. Regrettably, critical civil society voices were excluded in the process.
Ending abusive practices against people with mental disabilities in Moldova
Procedures that deprive people with mental or intellectual disabilities of their legal capacity put them in a situation of excessive vulnerability to abuse, according to a study on the guardianship system in Moldova.
Empowering Roma in rural Hungary
UN and civil society are making efforts to empower the Roma in Cserehát region in their struggle against socio-economic exclusion and racial discrimination.
In difficult economic times, human rights should not be expendable
Human rights experts call on national and international financial institutions to integrate human rights considerations when trying to mitigate the impacts of financial and economic crises.
Equality in family relations: recognizing women’s rights to property
During its 54th session, the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) adopted a General Recommendation on how to protect women’s equal rights to property in or after the dissolution of marriage or similar relationships.
Breaking barriers to equal access to work for persons with disabilities
“The right to work is a fundamental human right that is inseparable from human dignity”, said UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay at the annual interactive panel on human rights and persons of disabilities.
Combating child sex tourism
By 2030 the number of international tourists will reach an estimated 1.8 billion. Tourism, however, has a dark side and can be a potential vehicle for child abuse. Child sex tourism (CST) is a growing trend affecting millions of children around the globe.
Bringing inclusion to Roma communities in Moldova’s rural areas
In Moldova, efforts to improve access to basic services of Roma living in some of the most excluded rural communities contribute to support their integration.
Governance and accountability for global development post-2015
The final meeting of the Global Consultation on Governance and the Post-2015 Development Agenda identifies priority areas of governance and accountability for the framework that will replace the MDGs.
The right to peace
An intergovernmental working group has begun what is expected to be a long and complex negotiation aimed at drafting a UN Declaration on the Right to Peace. A first report is to be presented to the June 2013 session of the Human Rights Council.
Providing victims of enforced disappearances adequate reparation
States´ obligation to provide reparation to victims of enforced disappearances is not limited to monetary compensation, stressed a UN report on enforced disappearances.
The Human Rights Case Against Corruption
Implementing human rights is the most effective means to fight corruption, said UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay.
Fear of reprisals in the aftermath of Mali occupation
The UN Human Rights Office presents its report to the Human Rights Council on the crisis in Mali, amidst allegations of human rights violations committed by the Malian Army.
Women and the Arab spring: an ongoing struggle for equal rights
Women human rights defenders, at the forefront of the uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa, now say they face ongoing discrimination in their efforts to achieve lasting reforms.
Time to kick racism out of football
“Sport at its best is inclusive, generous-hearted and fundamentally multicultural, based on values such as teamwork, loyalty, merit and self-control”, said the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, at a panel discussion on racism in sport.
A move to raise a healthier generation of kids
Human rights and health experts participated in an interactive dialogue on the challenges in achieving the full realization of the right of the child to health during the full-day meeting on the Rights of the Child.
Misusing the law to clamp down on human rights defenders
The UN expert on human rights defenders says governments are continuing to restrict and even criminalize human rights work in different countries.
Mistreatment in healthcare settings: when a carer becomes a torturer
The Special Rapporteur on torture, Juan Méndez, analyses forms of abuse in healthcare settings which could constitute torture.
Discrimination faced by rural women impacts negatively food security
The UN independent expert on the right to food deplores the negative impact of discrimination faced by rural women on food security, in his new report to the Human Rights Council.
Ending gender-based violence and discrimination: Youth as agents of change
UN Human Rights Chief recognizes the crucial role of youth to effect positive transformative change by addressing stereotypes that perpetuate violence against women and girls, at an interactive event with youth activists.
Women are powerful drivers of progress when free to claim their rights
Inspiring women leaders share their personal experience on the enabling factors that have allowed them to assume positions of leadership at the 22nd session of the Human Rights Council.
20 years working for human rights
Two decades on from the World Conference on Human Rights in Vienna, the international community recalls it as a ‘milestone’ in the development of the global human rights movement.
Human rights in Africa: progress and challenges
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay highlights the progress and challenges faced in promoting human rights across Africa at Oxford University.
Stéphane Hessel – human rights champion dies at 95
The Human Rights Council meeting in Geneva pauses and observes a minute’s silence for Stéphane Hessel, a man acknowledged as one of the world’s great proponents of human rights.
The 22nd Session of the Human Rights Council opens in Geneva
At the opening of the 22nd Session of the Human Rights Council, the UN Human Rights Chief, Navi Pillay, evokes the 20th anniversary of the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action, and acknowledges achievements and challenges ahead.
The Equality Imperative
UN Human Rights Chief, Navi Pillay, speaks on addressing inequalities in the future framework for development post-2015, the target date for the UN Millennium Development Goals.
Between Free Speech and Hate Speech: The Rabat Plan of Action, a practical tool to combat incitement to hatred
The Rabat Plan of Action to combat incitement to hatred, discrimination and violence, which was presented by internationally recognized experts, provides practical tools to States, the UN system, political and religious leaders, the civil society and the
Beyond bars: a chance for a meaningful life
Under the UN initiative “Delivering as One,” United Nations agencies in Uruguay bring together their expertise to support a far reaching reform of the prison system, designed to give inmates skills and prepare them for the outside world.
Pillay renews call to refer Syria to world criminal court
UN human right chief, Navi Pillay, tells UN Security Council that referring the situation in Syria to the International Criminal Court could help stem human rights violations.
Fighting incitement to crimes against humanity
A multi-layered approach is needed to counter hate speech that could incite genocide and other crimes against humanity, says Adama Dieng, UN Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide.
Fighting FGM: Girls’ right to education versus traditional practices
One county in Liberia has succeeded in stopping Female Genital Mutilation practices by ensuring girls are not being pulled out of formal studies during the school year to attend ”bush schools".
Justice for victims of economic, social and cultural rights violations
UN agreement empowering victims of economic, social and cultural rights violations to seek justice set to enter into force.
High Commissioner pays tribute to civil rights activist Rosa Parks
On the 100th anniversary of the birth of civil rights activist, Rosa Parks, the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay says her spirit will continue to inspire collective efforts to realize our fundamental rights.
Ending corporal punishment of children
Child rights experts review global progress and challenges in achieving global prohibition of corporal punishment of children.
Eliminating human trafficking from the global business landscape
Private sector businesses should take appropriate measures to prevent any risks of trafficking in their supply chains.
Philippines passes landmark law criminalizing enforced disappearances
Philippines becomes the first country in Asia to criminalize enforced disappearances.
Manal Al-Sharif: a driving force for change
Manal Al-Sharif, a women’s rights activist in Saudi Arabia, participated in the UN Social Forum in Geneva on a panel discussion on the role of social media and activism.
A case of domestic violence in Mexico: Grettel’s quest for justice
The Mexican Supreme Court orders a local tribunal to reinstate attempted murder charges against a man who almost killed a young woman.
Helping Nepal achieve lasting peace
“Peace will only be achieved through the pursuit of justice and the ending of impunity,” says UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay referring to an ordinance recently proposed by the Government of Nepal.