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Opening remarks by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay at the Human Rights Council 21st Session

Geneva, 10 September 2012

I would like to begin by expressing sympathy with the victims and families of those who have lost their lives or been injured as a result of the earthquakes in China and the bombings across Iraq.

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Greece + 4 others
Hate on the Streets: Xenophobic Violence in Greece

Greece: Migrants Describe Fear on the Streets New Government Should Act to Prevent, Punish Xenophobic Attacks

(Athens, July 10, 2012) – The Greek authorities are failing to tackle a rising wave of xenophobic violence that has left migrants afraid to walk the streets, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.

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Greece + 15 others
The EU’s Dirty Hands: Frontex Involvement in Ill-Treatment of Migrant Detainees in Greece

EU: Border Agency Exposes Migrants to Abusive Conditions

Frontex Sends Migrants to Inhuman and Degrading Treatment in Greek Detention Centers

(Brussels, September 21, 2011) – Frontex, the European Union’s external border enforcement agency, is exposing migrants to inhuman and degrading conditions, Human Rights Watch said in a report issued today. Migrants apprehended along Greece’s land border with Turkey are sent to overcrowded detention centers in Greece, Human Rights Watch said.

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Albania + 21 others
Climate change risks overwhelming current global humanitarian capacity

(Poznan, 3 December 2008): Today, for the first time in climate change negotiations, the humanitarian agencies of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee have teamed up with disaster risk reduction staff of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR) system to issue a joint call for scaled-up global action to reduce disaster risk and to strengthen preparedness for effective response.

The current negotiations on risk management and risk reduction in Poznan are a unique opportunity to make sure that adaptation action is able to prevent global humanitarian catastrophe.

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