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Pillay condemns rampant use of torture in detention in Syria

Monday, 14 April 2014, 10:18 pm | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

GENEVA (14 April 2014) – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Monday condemned the rampant use of torture in detention facilities across Syria by Government forces and some armed opposition groups, as her office issued a paper containing ... More >>

Children can now lodge complaints with the UN

Monday, 14 April 2014, 11:47 am | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

GENEVA (14 April 2014) – United Nations child rights experts have hailed a new treaty that allows children to complain directly to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child about alleged violations of their rights. More >>

UN expert urges States to cut military spending

Saturday, 12 April 2014, 12:07 am | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

GENEVA (14 April 2014) – On the occasion of the Global Day of Action on Military Spending, the United Nations Independent Expert on the promotion of a democratic and equitable international order, Alfred de Zayas, calls upon all Governments to ... More >>

Mission to the Republic of Moldova

Friday, 11 April 2014, 11:04 pm | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

Statement by the UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, Flavia Pansieri, at the end of her mission to the Republic of Moldova More >>

OHCHR Briefing Notes

Friday, 11 April 2014, 11:02 pm | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

We are deeply concerned about the revised penal code in Brunei Darussalam, due to come into force later this month, which stipulates the death penalty for numerous offences. These include rape, adultery, sodomy, extramarital sexual relations for ... More >>

‘Redskins’ Team mascot hurtful reminder of past suffering

Friday, 11 April 2014, 10:59 pm | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

GENEVA (11 April 2014) – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, James Anaya, today called on the owners of the Washington Redskins Football team, to consider “the hurtful reminder that the term ‘redskins’ represents ... More >>

UN Concerns Over Arbitrary Detention in New Zealand

Tuesday, 8 April 2014, 11:11 am | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

AUCKLAND (7 April 2014) – The United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention today expressed concern at specific areas of deprivation of liberty in New Zealand, and recommended several ways for improvement*. More >>

Day of Reflection on the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda

Sunday, 6 April 2014, 12:59 pm | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

Twenty years after the beginning of the genocide in Rwanda, the horror has not diminished. As a former judge for over eight years on the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), I am still haunted by the testimony I heard from victims and witnesses, ... More >>

OHCHR Briefing Notes

Saturday, 5 April 2014, 1:44 pm | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

We have received more detailed information on the incident involving Chadian soldiers in Bangui on March 29, following an initial investigation carried out by a human rights team on the ground. More >>

End mandatory registration of religious communities urges UN

Saturday, 5 April 2014, 1:43 pm | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

ASTANA (5 April 2014) – United Nations Special Rapporteur Heiner Bielefeldt today called on the Government of Kazakhstan to end the mandatory registration of religious communities which has led to situations of legal insecurity affecting especially ... More >>

UN human rights expert to consult with minority communities

Saturday, 5 April 2014, 1:41 pm | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

GENEVA (4 April 2014) – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on minority issues, Rita Izsák, will carry out her first official visit to Ukraine from 7 to 13 April 2014, to gather first-hand information from minority communities in the country. More >>

ICJ should assess legal status of Israeli occupation

Sunday, 23 March 2014, 3:50 pm | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

ICJ should assess legal status of prolonged Israeli occupation of Palestine, says UN rights expert More >>

Fighting racism and hate speech in Europe and beyond

Saturday, 22 March 2014, 12:41 pm | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

UN and Council of Europe experts join forces to fight racism and hate speech in Europe and beyond More >>

Ukraine – UN human rights monitors deployed

Saturday, 15 March 2014, 11:10 am | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

KIEV/GENEVA (14 March 2014) – UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Šimonović on Friday announced the immediate deployment of a UN human rights monitoring team throughout Ukraine to help establish the facts surrounding human rights violations, ... More >>

Burundi: Pillay denounces increasing restrictions

Saturday, 8 March 2014, 6:35 pm | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

GENEVA/BUJUMBURA (7 March 2014) – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Friday expressed concern at the increasing restrictions on civil and political rights in Burundi, following a series of violent acts by the ruling party’s youth ... More >>

Senior UN human rights official visits Ukraine

Saturday, 8 March 2014, 12:17 pm | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

GENEVA (7 March 2014) – UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Šimonović arrived in Ukraine late Thursday evening to conduct a preliminary assessment of the human rights situation following developments in the country since November 2013. ... More >>

Côte d’Ivoire: reconciliation and progress

Saturday, 8 March 2014, 12:15 pm | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

GENEVA (7 March 2014) – The United Nations Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Cote d’Ivoire, Doudou Diène, today called on the authorities to take all necessary measures to allow human rights defenders organisations to play ... More >>

Guinea-Bissau must address the critical needs of the poorest

Saturday, 1 March 2014, 1:09 pm | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

BISSAU (28 February 2014) – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Magdalena Sepúlveda, today called on the political and military authorities of Guinea-Bissau “to address the critical needs of the poorest and ... More >>

Pillay urges respect for human rights

Saturday, 1 March 2014, 1:06 pm | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

GENEVA (28 February 2014) – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Friday condemned the violence that has occurred over several weeks of unrest in Venezuela and urged the Government to ensure respect for freedom of expression and ... More >>

Nigeria: expert on minority issues urges unity in diversity

Saturday, 1 March 2014, 11:51 am | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

ABUJA (28 February 2014) – Good and inclusive governance is essential to ensuring minority rights, equality and peaceful coexistence for all of Nigeria’s citizens, the United Nations Independent Expert on minority issues, Rita Izsák, said* today ... More >>

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