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UN High Commissioner For Human Rights On Draft Sexual Intercourse Related Crimes Law In Somalia

Tuesday, 11 August 2020, 8:10 am | OHCHR

“Legislation drafted by parliamentarians in Somalia risks legitimizing child marriage, among other alarming practices, and must be prevented from passing into law. Provisions of the Sexual Intercourse Related Crimes Law constitute serious breaches of international ... More >>

International Day Of World’s Indigenous Peoples: Message From UN High Commissioner For Human Rights

Saturday, 8 August 2020, 7:33 am | OHCHR

COVID-19 is a critical threat to indigenous peoples, at a time when many are also struggling against man-made environmental damage and economic depredation. In almost all the 90 countries where they live in often remote locations, many indigenous communities ... More >>

Yemen: Journalists Under Attack From All Quarters, Says Bachelet

Friday, 7 August 2020, 7:15 am | OHCHR

The UN’s human rights chief said today she is appalled by the high number of human rights violations against journalists across Yemen - including killings, disappearances and death sentences in violation of international human rights law. Since the start ... More >>

Work Of Human Rights Treaty Bodies At Risk, Warn UN Committee Chairs

Wednesday, 5 August 2020, 7:04 am | OHCHR

Chairpersons of the 10 UN committees that monitor the implementation of international human right treaties have called on States to properly support their work, warning that the current underfunding is set to affect upcoming review meetings from September ... More >>

Women Forcibly Returned To North Korea Suffer Appalling Violations In Detention – UN Report

Tuesday, 28 July 2020, 6:05 pm | OHCHR

Women detained in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) are subjected to multiple and serious human rights violations by State security and police officials according to a UN human rights report published on Tuesday. The report is based on ... More >>

UN Committee Stands With Women And Girls In Global Anti-racism Protests

Saturday, 11 July 2020, 7:08 am | OHCHR

The UN women’s rights committee has called for a new era of human rights and gender justice, stressing that the lives of black women and girls also matter. In a statement issued today, the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) ... More >>

Bachelet Urges Israel To Halt West Bank Annexation Plans, Warning 'Shockwaves Will Last For Decades'

Tuesday, 30 June 2020, 6:54 am | OHCHR

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, on Monday added her voice to the wave of international and national calls on the Government of Israel not to proceed with its plans to illegally annex a swathe of occupied Palestinian ... More >>

China/Hong Kong SAR: Security Law Must Meet Human Rights Obligations, Says Bachelet

Saturday, 20 June 2020, 7:20 am | OHCHR

The UN Human Rights chief Michelle Bachelet said today her Office was closely following consideration in China’s National People’s Congress of a draft national security law for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR). While the law is not ... More >>

Surrender Of Sudanese Militia Leader Ali Kushayb Into ICC Custody 'Extremely Significant'

Wednesday, 10 June 2020, 7:23 am | OHCHR

Comment by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet “I welcome the news that Darfur militia leader Ali Muhammad Ali Abd-Al-Rahman ("Ali Kushayb") is now in the custody of the International Criminal Court (ICC) after he surrendered ... More >>

1,300 Civilians Killed In The DRC In Past Eight Months – Bachelet

Saturday, 6 June 2020, 7:35 am | OHCHR

Around 1,300 civilians have been killed in a number of separate conflicts involving armed groups and government forces in the Democratic Republic of the Congo over the past eight months, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said on ... More >>

UN Human Rights Chief Urges 'serious Action' To Halt US Police Killings Of Unarmed African Americans

Friday, 29 May 2020, 8:26 am | OHCHR

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Thursday condemned the killing of George Floyd, an African American man whose death in police custody on Monday was captured on video and has led to serious ongoing protests in Minneapolis. ... More >>

Bachelet Hails Arrest Of Rwanda Genocide Suspect Félicien Kabuga

Wednesday, 20 May 2020, 6:51 am | OHCHR

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet has hailed the arrest on 16 May in Paris of Félicien Kabuga, who is accused of playing a leading role in the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda. “The arrest of Félicien Kabuga, ... More >>

COVID-19: Exceptional Measures Should Not Be Cover For Human Rights Abuses And Violations – Bachelet

Tuesday, 28 April 2020, 6:47 am | OHCHR

As Governments face the formidable challenge of protecting people from COVID-19, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet has called on them to ensure human rights are not violated under the guise of exceptional or emergency measures. ... More >>

Bachelet Alarmed By Media Clampdowns, Says Public Has Right To Know About COVID-19

Saturday, 25 April 2020, 7:34 am | OHCHR

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said today she was alarmed by restrictive measures imposed by several States against the independent media, as well as the arrest and intimidation of journalists, saying the free flow information ... More >>

COVID-19: Targeted Actions Needed To Protect LGBTI People Amid Pandemic – Bachelet

Saturday, 18 April 2020, 7:31 am | OHCHR

States need to ensure that lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex people do not face discrimination or fear retribution for seeking healthcare amid the COVID-19 crisis, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said Friday, as the ... More >>

UN Experts Call For Urgent Action To Mitigate Heightened Risks Of Violence Against Children

Wednesday, 8 April 2020, 6:25 am | OHCHR

UN human rights experts have appealed to States to boost child protection measures to help safeguard the welfare of millions of children worldwide who may be more exposed to violence, sale, trafficking, sexual abuse and exploitation during the COVID-19 ... More >>

UN Rights Expert Urges Governments To Save Lives By Lifting Sanctions Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Saturday, 4 April 2020, 7:05 am | OHCHR

A UN human rights expert today called for the lifting of all unilateral sanctions that obstruct the humanitarian responses of sanctioned States, in order to enable their health care systems to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and save lives. “I urge ... More >>

COVID-19: UN Human Rights Chief Distressed Over Plight Of India’s Internal Migrants

Friday, 3 April 2020, 8:14 am | OHCHR

UN Human Rights chief Michelle Bachelet said today she was distressed by the plight of millions of internal migrants affected by the sudden announcement of a lockdown in India. She welcomed subsequent measures to address their situation but noted that ... More >>

Right to Recognition Before the Law

Friday, 16 November 2018, 11:31 am | OHCHR

After setting standards for dignity and freedom, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) devotes a cluster of articles to standards for the administration of justice including what is often known as “due process.” Roughly one-fourth of ... More >>

Egypt: “systematic targeting” of human rights defenders

Friday, 28 September 2018, 10:39 pm | OHCHR

GENEVA (28 September 2018) – UN human rights experts* have urged Egyptian authorities to ensure that all detained human rights defenders are afforded every right to due process and a fair, impartial and public trial in accordance with Egypt’s obligations ... More >>