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Peaceful (and Not So Peaceful) Assemblies: Global Webinar On 16 December To Discuss Latest International Standards

Tuesday, 15 December 2020, 8:35 am | OHCHR

The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (UN Human Rights) and the University of Pretoria in South Africa will jointly hold a global webinar on 16 December to raise awareness on two new international instruments relating to the right of peaceful ... More >>

Exceedingly Worrying And Volatile Situation In Ethiopia – Bachelet

Thursday, 10 December 2020, 8:32 am | OHCHR

The following is a transcript of remarks UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet made at a press conference in Geneva on 9 December 2020 in response to questions on Ethiopia: “The situation in Ethiopia is exceedingly worrying and volatile and ... More >>

Afghanistan: Change The Law To Make Justice System Work For Women Survivors Of Violence

Tuesday, 8 December 2020, 9:16 am | OHCHR

Instead of the Afghan justice system working effectively on behalf of female victims of violence, the burden of making the system work is for the most part borne by the women and girls themselves, particularly in cases of child marriages, according to ... More >>

UN Committee Issues Recommendations To Combat Racial Profiling

Friday, 27 November 2020, 8:36 am | OHCHR

The Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination today published its guidance to combat racial profiling, emphasizing, among other issues, the serious risk of algorithmic bias when artificial intelligence (AI) is used in law enforcement. The ... More >>

Ethiopia – Bachelet Expresses Alarm As Tigray Conflict 'Risks Spiralling Out Of Control'

Sunday, 15 November 2020, 2:44 pm | OHCHR

Amid emerging reports of mass killings in the town of Mai-Kadra, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Friday expressed increasing alarm at the rapidly deteriorating situation in the Ethiopian region of Tigray. She warned that if the ... More >>

UN Rights Chief Disturbed By Harassment Of Opposition Following Tanzania Elections

Wednesday, 11 November 2020, 9:03 am | OHCHR

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Tuesday said she was disturbed by reports of continued intimidation and harassment against opposition leaders and members in Tanzania in the aftermath of the general elections. She called ... More >>

UN Committee Urges Saudi Arabia To Release Women’s Rights Activist Loujain Al-Hathloul

Friday, 6 November 2020, 8:25 am | OHCHR

The worsening health of Saudi women’s rights activist Loujain Al-Hathloul, who has been on hunger strike since 26 October to protest against her prolonged detention, is deeply alarming, the UN women’s rights committee said today. The Committee called ... More >>

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 >>





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