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10 Sep 2018 description

Distinguished President,
Director-General of the UN Office in Geneva,
Excellencies,
Colleagues and friends,

It is an honour to be called to this mandate, to assist States to uphold the human rights of their people, in this year in which we celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

20 Jun 2018 description

The Human Rights Council in a midday meeting held a clustered interactive dialogue with Obiora Chinedu Okafor, Independent Expert on human rights and international solidarity, and Koumbou Boly Barry, Special Rapporteur on the right to education.

The Council heard the presentation of reports by Mr. Okafor and Ms. Barry yesterday afternoon. A summary of their statements can be found here.

07 Mar 2018 description

7 March 2018

Distinguished President,
Excellencies,
Colleagues, Friends,

A few days ago, we celebrated the centenary year of Nelson Mandela’s birth. We spoke of his example; his fortitude, his suffering and compassion, while recalling also the declaration that he and my predecessor Mary Robinson signed in 2000 on diversity and tolerance.

28 Feb 2018 description

Human Rights Council AFTERNOON

27 February 2018

The Human Rights Council this afternoon heard statements from dignitaries of 11 countries and two organizations and closed the second day of its high-level segment.

Edward Nalbandian, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Armenia, said Armenia continued to implement the national plan of action for human rights protection, had a good record of submission of national and follow-up reports to the treaty bodies, and would submit the Universal Periodic Review second mid-term report on a voluntary basis.

20 Sep 2017 description

Human Rights Council
Thirty-sixth session
11-29 September 2017
Agenda item 10
Technical assistance and capacity-building

Note by the Secretariat

24 Nov 2016 description

GENEVA (24 November 2016) – A United Nations rights expert has criticised Egypt’s increasing use of travel bans on human rights defenders, warning that the measures are hindering their legitimate work and infringing their fundamental rights.

“Restrictions imposed on defenders’ freedom of movement have regrettably become routine in what is seen as a broader crackdown against Egyptian civil society that has continued unabated since 2011,” said the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, Michel Forst.

23 Nov 2016 description

GENEVA (23 November 2016) – United Nations expert Maina Kiai has expressed serious alarm at Egypt’s approval of a draft law which would impose major restrictions on the work of non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

Mr. Kiai said that if the bill became law, it would devastate the country’s civil society for generations to come and turn it into a government puppet.

11 Oct 2016 description

GENEVA (11 October 2016) - The UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, Maina Kiai, warned today about the growing restrictions imposed on civil society in Egypt and the targeting of human rights defenders and human rights organizations.

13 Jun 2016 description

In a wide-ranging opening speech to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad al Hussein sheds a light on "preventable calamities" and worrying trends in human rights around the world, including detailed concerns about the situation in more than 50 countries

Distinguished President of the Council,
Director-General,
Excellencies
Colleagues and friends

09 May 2016 description

GENEVA (9 May 2016) – Three United Nations human rights experts today urged the Egyptian Government to put an end to the disproportionate reactions against the exercise of the rights to assembly and expression in the country.

“The worsening crackdown on peaceful protest and dissent in Egypt represents a further setback for an open political environment and a vibrant civil society,” today said the UN Special Rapporteurs on freedom of expression, David Kaye; on freedom of peaceful assembly and association, Maina Kiai; and on human rights defenders, Michel Forst.

11 Apr 2016 description

GENEVA (11 April 2016) – Three United Nations human rights experts today raised alarm at the continuing crackdown on human rights defenders and civil society organisations in Egypt. They warned that many NGOs have been closed down, and human rights defenders have been interrogated by the security forces, subjected to travel bans and had their assets frozen in retaliation for their legitimate and peaceful human rights work.

26 May 2015 description
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Human Rights Council

Twenty-ninth session

Agenda item 3

Promotion and protection of all human rights, civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to development

Summary

The Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants conducted a visit to Italy from 2 to 6 December 2014. He visited Rome and held consultations with government officials, civil society organizations and agencies of the United Nations.

09 Feb 2015 description

GENEVA (9 February 2015) – A group of United Nations human rights experts* expressed outrage at the decision by an Egyptian court to uphold the death sentences against 183 people, and called on Egypt to respect its obligations under international human rights law.

19 Sep 2014 description

GENEVA (18 September 2014) – The new United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967, Makarim Wibisono, will undertake his first official visit to the region from 20 to 28 September.

30 Jun 2014 description

GENEVA (30 June 2014) – A group of UN human rights experts* expressed outrage after a Criminal Court in Minya, Egypt, confirmed death sentences against 183 people, in what constitutes the largest mass death sentence to be confirmed in Egypt in recent history. The experts urged the Government to quash the sentences and offer new and fair trials to all defendants.

26 Nov 2013 description

GENEVA (26 November 2013) – United Nations Special Rapporteur Richard Falk today called for urgent action to address the power shortage in occupied Palestine that has left 1.7 million residents of the Gaza Strip in a dire situation. More than three weeks after the only power plant shut down due to a critical fuel shortage, power supply has been limited to six hours a day.

16 Aug 2013 description

GENEVA (16 August 2013) – A group of United Nations human rights experts* today called for restraint and an immediate end to violent confrontations that have seen hundreds killed and thousands injured in Cairo in recent days. “Egypt is facing an escalating and deeply worrying human rights crisis,” they stressed, while urging all parties involved to take immediate steps towards political reconciliation. “We condemn any excessive use of force by the security forces and urge a full investigation into their actions,” said Mr.

18 Feb 2013 description

Human Rights Council
Twenty-second session
Agenda item 4
Human rights situations that require the Council’s attention

Summary

14 Dec 2012 description

GENEVA (14 December 2012) – The United Nations Working Group on the issue of discrimination against women in law and in practice has expressed deep concern regarding equality, non-discrimination and protection and promotion of women’s human rights in the final draft of the new Constitution which was approved by the Constituent Assembly on 30 November.