Protection and Human Rights

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03 Mar 2015 description

ICRC president Peter Maurer addresses the Human Rights Council in Geneva

High Commissioner,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am honored to address the Human Rights Council (HRC) for the third time and would like to take this opportunity to congratulate you, Mr. President, on your recent election.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) works in the midst of conflict and violence in more than 80 States around the world. Most of the countries you will discuss during this session are countries where we witness – day after day – the effects of war on people.

03 Mar 2015 description

In February, the political crisis worsened in Yemen, whose territorial disintegration is in danger of accelerating, while in Bangladesh political violence threatens to further destabilise the country; Venezuela’s downward spiral also continued amid deep political polarisation. Deadly violence rose in Libya, where the prospects of a diplomatic solution to the internal conflict receded further; in Syria, where the regime and its allies initiated a major campaign against rebels in the south; and in areas affected by the Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria and Niger.

02 Mar 2015 description


Hears Statements by the President of The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, the Prime Minister of Fiji and Dignitaries from 20 States

02 Mar 2015 description


Hears from United Nations Secretary-General, High Commissioner for Human Rights and Chief of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland

The Human Rights Council this morning opened its twenty-eighth session, hearing video messages from the United Nations Secretary-General and the President of the General Assembly and statements by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Chief of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland.

02 Mar 2015 description

BADIL Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights publishes a new edition of the Handbook on the Protection of Palestinian Refugees in State Signatories to the 1951 Convention.

Building on the 2005 edition and the 2011 update, this year’s Handbook provides a comprehensive, up-to-date analysis of international legal protection standards applicable to Palestinian refugees – most notably, Article 1D of the 1951 Refugee Convention.

02 Mar 2015 description

China’s presidency of the Security Council during the “very busy” month of February was guided by the principles of objectivity, impartiality, efficiency and transparency, the country’s Permanent Representative said at a Headquarters briefing this afternoon.

“By and large, the Council’s work has been accomplished in a smooth way,” Ambassador Liu Jieyi told correspondents, through 20 public meetings and 15 informal consultations to consider more than 20 agenda items. Seven resolutions and two presidential statements were adopted and 14 press statements were issued.

02 Mar 2015 description

Key messages

  • While several elections will take place in 2015, the region is experiencing a mix of progress and setbacks, with encouraging transition in Burkina Faso occurring on the back of an alleged coup attempt in Gambia and the escalation of violence in Nigeria.

  • The region has demonstrated a certain degree of resilience towards the economic impact from Ebola outbreak and falling commodity prices. Such impacts have been mitigated and offset by the increasing diversification of West African economies.

02 Mar 2015 description

“According to the principles of humanitarian aid and the international legal framework related to gender-based violence, the humanitarian community, host governments, donors, peacekeepers, the UN and all others engaged in working with and for affected populations are collectively accountable for preventing and responding to gender-based violence.”

Source: Inter-Agency Standing Committee (2005). Guidelines for Gender-Based Violence Interventions in Humanitarian Settings: Focusing on Prevention of and Response to Sexual Violence in Emergencies.

02 Mar 2015 description

*Children separated from their parents and families because of conflict, disaster or population displacement, or because of economic or social reasons, are at increased risk of violence, abuse, exploitation and neglect in an emergency. Every child has the right to the right to know and be cared for by his or her parents as recognised in the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC Article 7).

26 Feb 2015 description

Argentina – La OIM y el Gobierno de Argentina, en representación del Mercado Común del Sur (MERCOSUR), firmaron un memorando de entendimiento que permitirá una colaboración más estrecha en asuntos de interés común, tales como proyectos relacionados con la migración.

El memorando de entendimiento fue suscrito por el Director Regional de la OIM para América del Sur, Diego Beltrand, y el Director Nacional de Migraciones de Argentina, Martín Arias Duval. Argentina ocupaba la Presidencia Pro Tempore del MERCOSUR en diciembre de 2014, cuando se aprobó el acuerdo.

26 Feb 2015 description

ABIDJAN, CÔTE D’IVOIRE, 25 February 2015

Following two days of high-level consultations on 23-24 February, Member States of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) adopted today a Declaration on the prevention, reduction and elimination of statelessness in West Africa at a joint UNHCR/ECOWAS Ministerial Conference hosted by the Government of Côte d’Ivoire.

26 Feb 2015 description
report United Nations



Following is Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson’s remarks, as delivered, at the panel discussion on “A Transformative Approach to Transitional Justice: Building a Sustainable Peace for All”, today, in New York:

25 Feb 2015 description


Session to Include High-level Segment; Presentations by Commissions of Inquiry on Syria, Gaza and Eritrea; and Discussions on more than 100 Reports on a Wide Range of Human Rights Themes and Countries

25 Feb 2015 description
report CARE

L'ONG CARE met les filles et les femmes au cœur de ses programmes et renforce leur autonomie en favorisant leur accès aux ressources, à l'éducation et à la santé. CARE implique les hommes et les garçons dans ses actions afin de changer durablement les attitudes à l'égard des femmes lorsque leurs droits sont bafoués. Découvrez quelques exemples de nos actions à travers le monde :

25 Feb 2015 description

1 Safety, Security and Justice:
What do we know?

Safety, security and justice are priorities for poor people and are associated with development outcomes, including the prevention of violent conflict, accountable and effective states, economic growth and service delivery. Security and justice programming aims to support development, as well as peace, stability and democratic governance, which donors see as beneficial to their own economic and security interests and reflective of their values.

25 Feb 2015 description

What evidence exists for links between women’s empowerment (or lack of) and outbreaks of violent conflict?

Helpdesk response

Key findings:

  • A number of studies quantitatively find a strong correlation between levels of gender inequality and conflict. They find that gender inequality increases the likelihood that a state will have internal conflict and international disputes.

25 Feb 2015 description
report UN Security Council

For the first time, under the presidency of Chile, the upcoming biannual debate on the protection of civilians, to be held on 27 January 2015, will focus on the protection challenges and needs faced by women and girls in armed conflict and post - conflict settings.

25 Feb 2015 description
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Global response to atrocities by states and armed groups ‘shameful and ineffective’

  • Amnesty International releases Annual Report along with forecast of human rights trends for the coming year

  • Report highlights horrific violence by states and armed groups and global failure to protect civilians

  • Says governments must ‘stop pretending the protection of civilians is beyond their power’