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Political Impasse in Macedonia Raises Concern

Wednesday, 18 March 2015, 5:19 pm | OHCHR

We are deeply concerned about the prolonged political impasse in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and its human rights implications.  More >>

OHCHR Press Briefing Notes: Ukraine, Congo, El Salvador

Saturday, 24 January 2015, 12:26 pm | OHCHR

OHCHR PRESS BRIEFING NOTES - (1) Ukraine, (2) Democratic Republic of the Congo, (3) El Salvador More >>


Thursday, 15 January 2015, 9:42 am | OHCHR

Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights : Ravina Shamdasani Location : Geneva Subjects: (1) Nigeria / Boko Haram More >>

Repeated attacks on civilians in Yemen taking terrible toll

Sunday, 11 January 2015, 10:19 pm | OHCHR

GENEVA (9 January 2015) – Deepening insecurity and violence in Yemen are wreaking a terrible toll on civilians, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein warned on Friday, as he appealed for more international attention to be ... More >>


Sunday, 11 January 2015, 10:15 pm | OHCHR

Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights : Rupert Colville Location : Geneva Subjects: (1) Yemen (2) South Sudan (3) Cuba (in response to a question) _________________________________ (1) Yemen More >>

Zeid hails entry into force of global arms trade treaty

Wednesday, 24 December 2014, 11:34 am | OHCHR

UN Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on Tuesday hailed the imminent entry into force of the UN Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) as a landmark step in curbing the human rights violations that stem from the poorly regulated international trade ... More >>

Persistent fighting kills hundreds across Libya

Wednesday, 24 December 2014, 11:32 am | OHCHR

Fighting in recent months between armed groups in western and eastern Libya, as well as in the south, has resulted in hundreds of civilian deaths, mass displacement and acute humanitarian conditions for those trapped in conflict zones, a new UN human ... More >>

UN Commission of Inquiry on Gaza hears moving testimony

Wednesday, 24 December 2014, 11:30 am | OHCHR

The United Nations Independent Commission of Inquiry on the 2014 Gaza Conflict, (established under Resolution A/HRC/RES/S-21/1) continues to do its utmost to obtain access to the Gaza Strip, as well as the West Bank including East Jerusalem, and access to ... More >>

UN urges all States to ratify Arms Trade Treaty

Wednesday, 24 December 2014, 11:28 am | OHCHR

A group of United Nations human rights experts urged all Governments around the world to ratify the landmark United Nations Arms Trade Treaty that will enter into force tomorrow. So far, only 60 out of the 130 Treaty signatories have ratified it. More >>

Pakistan: Resumption of death penalty for terrorism acts

Wednesday, 24 December 2014, 11:25 am | OHCHR

A group of United Nations human rights experts have warned today against a growing trend towards lifting of moratorium on death penalty and the risks of overusing capital punishment for terrorism acts. More >>

Resumption of executions in Pakistan and Jordan

Tuesday, 23 December 2014, 11:28 am | OHCHR

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on Monday expressed deep regret at the lifting of the moratorium on the death penalty in Pakistan and Jordan in recent days, stressing that no judiciary – anywhere – can be infallible. More >>

Maldives: Arbitrary removal of Supreme Court judges

Tuesday, 23 December 2014, 11:27 am | OHCHR

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, Gabriela Knaul, expressed today serious concern about the recent removal of former Supreme Court Chief Justice Ahmed Faiz and Judge Muthasim Adnan. More >>

Sudan: UN urges release of political detainees

Monday, 30 June 2014, 11:30 am | OHCHR

The UN Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in the Sudan, Mashood Adebayo Baderin, at the end of his 5thmission to the Sudan, urged the Government to enable a conducive environment for national dialogue by releasing political detainees ... More >>

Egypt: Review of laws urged after journalists' conviction

Tuesday, 24 June 2014, 3:38 pm | OHCHR

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said she was “shocked and alarmed” by the verdicts and heavy jail sentences of between 7 and 10 years handed down to three Al Jazeera journalists on Monday, as well as 11 other defendants who were tried ... More >>

UN expert group on mercenaries to visit Comoros

Tuesday, 6 May 2014, 1:12 pm | OHCHR

The United Nations Working Group on the use of mercenaries will carry out an official visit to Comoros from 8 to 16 May 2014, to examine and assess the situation of mercenarism and its impacts on human rights in the country. More >>

UN strengthens key human rights reporting system

Friday, 11 April 2014, 5:06 pm | OHCHR

International human rights reporting received a significant boost after the UN General Assembly on Wednesday approved steps to strengthen the system for reviewing how member states comply with their human rights treaty obligations. More >>

DPRK: UN expert embarks on a new stage of human rights work

Friday, 11 April 2014, 5:04 pm | OHCHR

This is my first visit to Japan since the Commission of Inquiry completed its work last month. I am here in the wake of a strong resolution on Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) adopted by an overwhelming majority in the United Nations ... More >>

Lithuanian ex-president lifelong politics ban not objective

Thursday, 10 April 2014, 2:19 pm | OHCHR

Lithuania violated the political rights of ex-president Rolandas Paksas when it introduced a rule to ban anyone who had been impeached from running for or holding high office just weeks after the former leader had himself been removed from his post for abuse ... More >>

UN urges full inclusion of Roma in decision-making in Europe

Wednesday, 9 April 2014, 3:04 pm | OHCHR

On International Roma Day, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on minority issues, Rita Izsák, calls on all European States and institutions to fully include Roma people in the decision-making process in Europe at all levels. More >>

Myanmar: UN expert raises alarm on Rakhine State

Tuesday, 8 April 2014, 2:17 pm | OHCHR

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Myanmar, Tomás Ojea Quintana, today pressed the alarm bell on the further deterioration of the human rights situation in Rakhine State. More >>



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