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02 Feb 2018 description

Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: Rupert Colville
Location: Geneva
Date: 2 February 2018
Theme: Maldives, Kenya and Myanmar

(1) Maldives

We urge the Government of the Maldives to fully respect yesterday’s decision by the Supreme Court to overturn the conviction and order a retrial of former President Mohamed Nasheed and to release eight other political prisoners who have been detained in the Maldives, as well as the Court’s reinstatement of 12 suspended opposition Members of Parliament.

15 Aug 2017 description

GENEVA (15 August 2017) – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on Tuesday commended the peaceful voting in the recent presidential election in Kenya but urged Kenya’s political leaders “to take the responsible path and exercise their leadership to avoid violence.”

05 Jul 2016 description

Spokespersons for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: Rupert Colville
Location: Geneva
Date: 5 July 2016
Subject: (1) Iraq, (2) Saudi Arabia, (3) Kenya, (4) Myanmar and (5) Hungary

(1) Iraq

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein will issue a press release on Iraq shortly.

(2) Saudi Arabia

24 May 2016 description

Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: Rupert Colville
Location: Geneva
Date: 24 May 2016
Subjects: (1) Syria, (2) Kenya, (3) Iraq and (4) Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)

(1) Syria

We condemn the series of suicide and car bombings which took place yesterday morning in the two Syrian coastal cities of Jableh and Tartous.

17 Mar 2013 description


Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: Rupert Colville
Location: Geneva
Date: 15 March 2013

2) Thailand/Rohingyas

We are very concerned by allegations that in north of Phuket the Thai Navy shot dead at least two Rohingya asylum seekers, fleeing Myanmar by boat. The shooting allegedly took place on 22 February while the Navy was transferring around 130 people from the boat they had arrived in into smaller boats.

18 Oct 2012 description

Opening statement

Geneva, 18 October 2012

Good afternoon,

As you may know, I began my second term last month. I thought this would be a good opportunity to reflect on the past four years since I became High Commissioner in September 2008, and also to look forward to what I hope can be achieved over the next two years before handing over the baton to my successor.

10 Sep 2012 description

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.

15 Sep 2011 description

Dr. Shamsul Bari, the UN Independent Expert on Somalia has visited the country twice this year, in February and again in July. In his account of those visits to the Human Rights Council, Bari points out that he and others warned months ago of the “terrible consequences of the drought” but he says he “was pained to discover that, despite clear warnings by all concerned, the international response has been far from satisfactory.”

08 Jun 2010 description

Good evening,

We are currently in the midst of one the most crucial periods in Kenya's history. The events of 2007-08 shook the country to the core. In such a fragile situation, it is essential that the right steps are taken to bring about quick recovery.

There is a need for healing of the injuries inflicted on individuals and entire communities, and a need for profound reform of the system - so that what happened before does not happen again.

There is no institutional reform more profound than the reform of a nation's constitution.

22 Oct 2009 description

GENEVA / KAMPALA - The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay warmly welcomed a ground-breaking new treaty for internally displaced people in Africa, which was endorsed Thursday at the African Union Heads of States Special Summit in Uganda.

"The endorsement of the Convention on the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons in Africa marks a significant step forward in filling the unfortunate vacuum that has traditionally been the lot of internally displaced people," the High Commissioner said.

04 Sep 2009 description

Member States of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region, a grouping of 11 African nations, have taken an historic step forward with the establishment of a Regional Center which aims to strengthen good governance, democracy and human rights.

The 11 signatory countries to the Pact on Security, Stability and Development in the Great Lakes RegionThe Regional Center for Democracy, Good Governance, Human Rights and Civic Education is based in Zambia's capital, Lusaka.

21 Jul 2009 description

Women and girls who are refugees, asylum-seekers, internally displaced, returnees, stateless or at risk of becoming stateless are frequent victims of sexual violence and multiple forms of discrimination. Their situation is "alarming", and "we need concrete actions to improve their protection," said Dorcas Coker-Appiah, member of a committee of experts on women's rights as she opened a two-day seminar.

"The violations that women experience in these contexts will never be dealt with appropriately until justice issues receive sufficient attention both …

10 Jul 2009 description

GENEVA - The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, said Friday it is clear that grave violations of international human rights and humanitarian law - possibly amounting to war crimes - are being committed in Somalia, as fighting continues to ravage the capital Mogadishu, and the situation in South Central Somalia remains extremely precarious.

Pillay said that attacks against civilians have been one of the main features of the conflicts that have engulfed Somalia since 1991.

25 Feb 2009 description

I conducted a fact-finding mission to Kenya from 16-25 February 2009. The aim of my visit was to investigate allegations of unlawful killings, and I focused on three issues of critical importance to the people of Kenya: killings by the police; violence in the Mt Elgon district; and killings in the context of the post-election violence.

Let me begin by expressing my gratitude to the Kenyan Government for having invited me to the country.

13 Nov 2008 description

Committee against Torture

The Committee against Torture this morning began its consideration of the initial report of Kenya on the efforts of that country to give effect to the provisions of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.

Introducing the report, Martha Karua, Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs of Kenya, highlighted that, on coming to power in 2003, the current Government had closed down the notorious Nyayo House torture chambers in which many political prisoners had been routinely tortured by State agents.

07 Nov 2008 description

Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

The Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights has considered the initial report of Kenya on how that country implements the provisions of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

24 Oct 2008 description

It is a pleasure to have this opportunity to address you here on United Nations Day as I end my brief visit to Kenya. I would like to first express my thanks to the Government of Kenya and my UN colleagues for having made my past three days extremely engaging and fruitful.

The purpose of my visit was three-fold, all converging on the fundamental aspects of justice and accountability to the promotion and protection of human rights.

23 Oct 2008 description

Thousands of Somali refugees have fled their homes to escape violence only to find themselves stranded for years in overcrowded camps in Dadaab, northern Kenya, waiting for peace which continues to elude Somalia.

"Today I have seen children who have been born, raised and grown up in this camp.

28 Feb 2008 description


From 6 to 28 February 2008, the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights deployed a Fact-Finding Mission (OHCHR Mission) to the Republic of Kenya to look into the violence and allegations of grave human rights violations following the presidential elections in December 2007. The OHCHR Mission also analysed underlying civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights issues and formulated recommendations on possible accountability mechanisms.

05 Feb 2008 description

Geneva, 5 February 2008 - Following the agreement late last week from the Government of Kenya, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ms. Louise Arbour, will deploy a fact-finding mission to assess allegations of grave human rights violations committed in Kenya in the recent weeks.