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Bachelet pays tribute to Lyudmila Mikhaylovna Alexeyeva

Tuesday, 11 December 2018, 10:20 am | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

“I have learned with sadness that the human rights community has lost one of its greatest human rights defenders, Ms. Lyudmila Mikhaylovna Alexeyeva. She was a Russian historian, leading human rights activist and founding member of the Moscow Helisinki ... More >>

30 Articles of the UDHR - Article 30: Rights are Inalienable

Monday, 10 December 2018, 10:01 am | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

Just two weeks in New Zealand and a win at Te Kuiti – as the sign says at the town’s entrance: “Shearing Capital of the World. More >>

30 Articles of the UDHR - Article 25

Wednesday, 5 December 2018, 9:58 am | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

Article 25: Right to Adequate Standard of Living More >>

30 Articles of the UDHR - Article 24: Right to Rest

Tuesday, 4 December 2018, 9:53 am | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

In 19 crisp words, Article 24 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights presents the flip side of the right to work articulated in Article 23 – the right not to be over-worked. It enshrines the right to limited working hours and paid holidays, ... More >>

30 Articles of the UDHR - Article 23: Right to Work

Monday, 3 December 2018, 10:14 am | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

As First Lady of the United States, Eleanor Roosevelt told striking workers in 1941 that she had always “felt it was important that everyone who was a worker join a labour organization, because the ideals of the organized labour movement are high ... More >>

Article 17: Right to Own Property

Tuesday, 27 November 2018, 10:12 am | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

Australia’s aboriginal people have no written language, so they pass their heritage along through ceremonies and story-telling. As elders recite, others often draw icons in the sand, depicting beliefs, events and life-giving places where water and food ... More >>

Article 11: Presumption of Innocence & International Crimes

Wednesday, 21 November 2018, 10:47 am | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

At first glance, Article 11 says that every human being is innocent until proven guilty, a fundamental element of fair trials and the rule of law, and a concept everyone can understand. But dig a little deeper into this Article, and we uncover a fascinating ... More >>

30 Articles of the UDHR - Article 10: Right to a Fair Trial

Tuesday, 20 November 2018, 10:36 am | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

In the U.S. state of Maryland in 1984, an anonymous woman called police to identify a man shown in a police sketch of a suspect: Kirk Bloodsworth. The former Marine, then 22, was promptly arrested for the gruesome rape and murder of a nine-year-old ... More >>

Freedom from Arbitrary Detention

Monday, 19 November 2018, 11:15 am | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

Can you get locked up for being a poet? Yes, in the Soviet Union in 1964. Joseph Brodsky, now considered one of Russia’s greatest poets,was hauled into court in Leningrad, accused of being “a pseudo-poet in velveteen trousers” – specifically ... More >>

30 Articles of the UDHR - Article 5: Freedom from Torture

Thursday, 15 November 2018, 3:22 pm | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

There is one absolute prohibition in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) that is universally accepted as unequivocal: Article 5’s ban on torture. At times, states may have disputed the definition of what constitutes torture, but virtually ... More >>

30 Articles - Article 3: Right to Life

Tuesday, 13 November 2018, 4:56 pm | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

The first six words of this short article are at the heart of global attempts to end the death penalty. If it enshrines the right to life, abolitionists argue, how can state-sponsored killing be justified? As South African Anglican Bishop Desmond ... More >>

30 Articles - Article 2: Freedom from Discrimination

Tuesday, 13 November 2018, 4:54 pm | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

Article 2 states that everyone is entitled to all the freedoms listed in the UDHR, “without distinction of any kind such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.” ... More >>

70th anniversary of Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Wednesday, 7 November 2018, 11:44 am | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

The UN Human Rights Office on Tuesday announced the start, in mid-November, of “a month of activation,” involving events all across the world, leading up to the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the iconic Universal Declaration of Human Rights ... More >>

Saudi Arabia urged to reveal all it knows about Khasoggi

Wednesday, 17 October 2018, 8:54 am | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

Two weeks after the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Tuesday urged the Governments of Saudi Arabia and Turkey to reveal everything they know about the disappearance and possible extra-judicial ... More >>

Bachelet's first address to the UN Human Rights Council

Monday, 10 September 2018, 8:07 pm | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

Opening Statement by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet to the 39th session of the Human Rights Council More >>

OHCHR MoU with Pacific Islands Development Forum

Saturday, 1 September 2018, 4:30 pm | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

OHCHR MoU with Pacific Islands Development Forum will result in greater focus on human rights in work towards achieving Sustainable Development Goals More >>

Nicaragua: Human rights crisis demands action

Thursday, 30 August 2018, 11:06 am | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

GENEVA (29 August 2018) – Urgent action is needed to address the human rights crisis in Nicaragua, where the level of persecution is such that many of those who participated in the protests that erupted in April, defended protesters’ rights or simply expressed ... More >>

UN Committee presses Saudi Arabia to protect children

Tuesday, 28 August 2018, 1:49 pm | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

GENEVA (27 August 2018) – Saudi Arabia must respect international humanitarian law and international human rights law, the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child asserted following airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen on ... More >>

Zeid on the dynamic, irreplaceable Kofi Annan

Sunday, 19 August 2018, 12:38 pm | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein on the dynamic, irreplaceable Kofi Annan More >>

Committee on Enforced Disappearances registers case 500

Thursday, 14 June 2018, 10:37 am | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

GENEVA (June 12, 2018) — They were having a family dinner at home when security forces entered the house, handcuffed him and took him away. When the family now asks the authorities where he is, they always get the same reply: “we do not know.” More >>

 

 

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