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Nigeria: Bachelet Condemns Army Killings, Calls For “root And Branch” Reform Of The Security Forces

Thursday, 22 October 2020, 8:43 am | OHCHR

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Wednesday strongly condemned the use of excessive and disproportionate force by Nigerian armed forces in Lagos on Tuesday evening. She called on the Nigerian authorities to take urgent ... More >>

Rape Is A Monstrous Crime, Perpetrators Must Be Held – But Death Penalty Not The Answer - Bachelet

Friday, 16 October 2020, 8:32 am | OHCHR

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Thursday called on governments worldwide to redouble their efforts to prevent rape and other forms of sexual violence, improve access to justice and reparations for victims, and ensure prompt criminal ... More >>

Spain’s Age Assessment Procedures Violate Migrant Children’s Rights, UN Committee Finds

Wednesday, 14 October 2020, 8:21 am | OHCHR

Spain’s procedures to determine the age of unaccompanied migrant children violated their fundamental human rights, the Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) has found. The Committee, composed of 18 independent experts, has adopted 14 decisions ... More >>

Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict: Bachelet Urges Protection For Civilians Amid Escalation In Hostilities

Saturday, 10 October 2020, 8:05 am | OHCHR

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Friday expressed her alarm at the suffering of civilians as hostilities continue to widen along the line of contact in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone – also impacting other populated ... More >>

Hate Speech Ahead Of Guinea Elections Must Be Curbed And Condemned – Bachelet And Patten

Thursday, 8 October 2020, 7:48 am | OHCHR

Political leaders, in particular the candidates campaigning for the upcoming presidential election in Guinea, should refrain from invoking ethnic affiliations and using provocative language that may lead to violence, discrimination and other human rights violations, ... More >>

Citing COVID Risk, Bachelet Calls On Iran To Release Jailed Human Rights Defenders

Wednesday, 7 October 2020, 8:03 am | OHCHR

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Tuesday expressed deep concern at the deteriorating situation of human rights defenders, lawyers and political prisoners held in Iran’s prisons and called on the authorities to release them ... More >>

‘Shocking’ Cycle Of Violence For Migrants Departing Libya To Seek Safety In Europe

Saturday, 3 October 2020, 8:27 am | OHCHR

The UN Human Rights Office is calling for urgent action to address the dire situation of migrants attempting to cross the central Mediterranean Sea in search of safety in Europe and to tackle the shocking conditions they face in Libya, at sea, and – ... More >>

Stranded Migrants Need Safe And Dignified Return – UN Migrant Workers Committee

Friday, 2 October 2020, 9:11 am | OHCHR

The UN Committee on Migrant Workers has today called on governments to take immediate action to address the inhumane conditions of migrant workers who are stranded in detention camps and ensure they can have an orderly, safe and dignified return to ... More >>

Urgent Debate On Situation Of Human Rights In Belarus: Statement By UN High Commissioner

Saturday, 19 September 2020, 7:08 am | OHCHR

45th session of the Human Rights Council. Urgent debate on the situation of human rights in Belarus. Statement by Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. Madam President, Your Excellencies, The Council’s consideration of the ... More >>

Execution Of Iran Athlete Sends Deeply Disturbing Message To Protesters, Say UN Experts

Tuesday, 15 September 2020, 7:26 am | OHCHR

UN human rights experts today strongly condemned the summary execution of champion wrestler Navid Afkari in Iran, raising alarm at the latest execution in a series of death penalty sentences handed down in the context of protests in 2018 and 2019. ... More >>

Bachelet's Global Update To The UN Human Rights Council 45th Session

Tuesday, 15 September 2020, 7:22 am | OHCHR

Distinguished President, Excellencies, Colleagues and Friends, In a context of sharply escalating suffering and turmoil across the world, human rights principles, norms and actions offer effective solutions to build stronger resilience to shocks, and ... More >>

UN Human Rights Chief Calls For Independent Investigation Into Poisoning Of Alexei Navalny

Wednesday, 9 September 2020, 7:15 am | OHCHR

Welcoming the news that Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny has emerged from his coma in a Berlin hospital, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Tuesday urged the Government of the Russian Federation to carry out, ... More >>

Enforced Disappearances: UN Committee Welcomes Mexico’s Decision On Individual Complaints

Sunday, 6 September 2020, 7:22 am | OHCHR

The unanimous decision by the Mexican Senate to recognize the competence of the UN Committee on Enforced Disappearances to examine individual complaints is a significant step in the country’s human rights development, the Committee said in a statement ... More >>

UN Human Rights Office Highlights Fabricated Information In Relation To Algeria

Sunday, 6 September 2020, 7:21 am | OHCHR

An article published in French , Arabic and English by the Algérie Presse Service (APS) on Tuesday 1 September claimed that a body called “The Geneva Office of the United Nations Dispute Tribunal” (‘le Bureau des Contentieux de l’ONU à Genève’) ... More >>

Belarus: UN Committee Hails Role Of Women In Political Process And Protests

Friday, 4 September 2020, 8:24 am | OHCHR

Reports of violence against women in Belarus, including sexual abuse and rape, received by UN human rights experts, are deeply concerning, the UN women’s rights committee said on Thursday. The Committee also underlined how women voices are not marginal, ... More >>

Enforced Disappearances: UN Committee To Hold Special Online Dialogue With Iraq

Friday, 4 September 2020, 8:04 am | OHCHR

The UN Committee on Enforced Disappearances (CED) will hold a special public dialogue with Iraq during its upcoming online session to discuss what the country is doing to address the issue of enforced disappearances. Iraq ratified the International ... More >>

Bachelet Welcomes Sudan Peace Deal, Urges Accountability

Wednesday, 2 September 2020, 7:27 am | OHCHR

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet has welcomed the signing of a peace deal between the Transitional Government of Sudan and the majority of the country’s armed groups as a major step in ending the suffering and human rights ... More >>

Bachelet Urges Investigation Into Death Threats Against Dr Mukwege

Saturday, 29 August 2020, 7:02 am | OHCHR

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Friday expressed deep concern over the recent death threats directed at the Congolese human rights defender and Nobel Prize laureate Dr. Denis Mukwege, and called for swift action to investigate ... More >>

International Day Of The Victims Of Enforced Disappearances, 30 August 2020

Friday, 28 August 2020, 7:34 am | OHCHR

Countries must continue to search for victims of enforced disappearances even during COVID-19 pandemic, UN human rights experts* said today. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Declaration for on the Protection of all Persons from Enforced ... More >>

UN: Accountability For Human Rights Violations During Peaceful Protests Is Key

Friday, 28 August 2020, 7:27 am | OHCHR

Despite promising steps by the current Government of Iraq concerning human rights violations and abuses committed in the context of recent demonstrations, accountability remains elusive, according to a UN report released on Thursday. The report details ... More >>