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11 Sep 2017 description

Human Rights Council 36th session
Opening Statement by Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

11 September 2017

Distinguished President of the Council,
Colleagues, Friends,

As I enter the final year of my current mandate – a year which I will discharge with vigour and determination – I wish to begin with a few short reflections drawn from the past three years.

09 Aug 2013 description

This month’s update highlights children and armed conflict concerns and provides recommendations for the protection of children in the situations of Sudan, Myanmar, Yemen and the Philippines. It includes recommendations in particular pertaining to new reports by the Secretary-General on children and armed conflict in Yemen and the Philippines.

28 Jun 2013 description

HART’s summer newsletter is now available and features a report from HART’s recent visit to Kachin state, Burma, as well as information about our upcoming Channel Swim for Change, HART Highlights and dates for your diary.

24 Jun 2013 description
report ACTED

FOCUS - South and South-East Asia


08 Dec 2009 description
report European Union


Brussels, 8 December 2009

The Council adopted the following conclusions:

"1. The Council reiterates its firm commitment to the promotion and protection of human rights. In 2009, further action has been taken to continue to implement the EU policy on human rights and democratisation in third countries. Human rights remain a priority of the Common Foreign and Security Policy.

04 Dec 2009 description

Washington, DC - As world leaders gather to negotiate an agreement to address the impact of climate change, Refugees International urged them to make climate displacement a priority. Natural disasters, such as cyclones and droughts, have already forced millions of people from their homes. It is clear that developing countries will need a great deal of support to prevent displacement and to provide shelter and other resources to displaced people.

27 Aug 2009 description
report UN General Assembly

Sixty-fourth session
Item 72 (a) of the provisional agenda
Strengthening of the coordination of humanitarian and
disaster relief assistance of the United Nations, including
special economic assistance: strengthening of the coordination

12 Feb 2009 description


The European Commission has adopted a new funding decision for €27 million to strengthen global humanitarian preparedness and the response capacity of international organisations. Daily experience confirms the view of the Commission's humanitarian partner organisations that there are still significant gaps to be filled, notably in respect of logistics, pre-positioning and disaster-preparedness in sectors such as health, water/sanitation, shelter, food assistance and protection.

Previous capacity-building support (€120m to date) has helped the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) …

13 Nov 2008 description

Much of the loss of life in the great cyclone Nargis in Myanmar could have been avoided. Humanitarian organizations urge governments to take action before the disasters hit.

Every year natural disasters are becoming more frequent and the humanitarian consequences of global climate change more devastating. But much could be done to predict storms, floods and droughts and to communicate them effectively, UN Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees L.

03 Oct 2008 description

Unity should be seen as the guiding principle in political, economic and individual life, Miguel d'Escoto Brockmann, President of the sixty-third session of the General Assembly, said at a Headquarters press conference today.

Speaking at his first press conference since the conclusion of the general debate this morning, the President described his early efforts to build unity among Member States, while responding to numerous questions about "hot potato" issues.

In response to a question on democracy and human rights in Myanmar, he described his role as that of a …

12 Jun 2008 description

Each week, the World Health Organization Health Action in Crises in Geneva produces information highlights on critical health-related activities in countries where there are humanitarian crises. Drawing on the various WHO programmes, contributions cover activities from field and country offices and the support provided by WHO regional offices and headquarters. The mandate of the WHO departments specifically concerned with Emergency and Humanitarian Action in Crises is to increase the effectiveness of the WHO contribution to crisis preparedness and response, transition and recovery.

31 May 2008 description



MALI: The Tuareg armed group led by Ag-Bahanga clashes with the army in the region of Kidal just one month after it reached an agreement on cessation of hostilities.

MYANMAR: The Military Junta announces a support to the Constitution of 92% of voters amid reports of fraud and intimidation of the opposition and the humanitarian crisis caused by the Nargis cyclone, which left 77,000 people dead and 55,000 others missing.

PHILIPPINES: The appointment of the up to now chief of the army as the new presidential counsellor for the peace process raises …

20 May 2008 description

'It remains too easy and convenient for adults to use children as soldiers,' said the Director of the Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers, Victoria Forbes Adam, as she launched the Coalition's 2008 Child Soldiers Global Report today at a Headquarters press conference.

Tens of thousands of children were currently operating in the ranks of dozens of armed groups in at least 24 different countries or territories across the globe, according to the report.

31 Mar 2008 description
report Human Rights Watch

Use Security Council Presidency to Save Lives

(New York, March 31, 2008) - South Africa should use its Security Council presidency in April 2008 to make significant progress on human rights crises in Somalia, Darfur and Burma, Human Rights Watch said in a letter to South Africa'sminister offoreignaffairs, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, and members of the United Nations Security Council.

'The Security Council should be signaling hope to civilians in crisis, but so far it has failed the people of Darfur, Burma and Somalia,' said Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human …

17 Mar 2008 description

Human Rights Council

Concludes Interactive Dialogue with Special Rapporteur on Situation of Human Rights in Sudan

The Human Rights Council this afternoon conducted a review, rationalization and improvement of the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar. It also concluded its interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Sudan.

14 Dec 2007 description

Geneva_(dpa) _ The UN Human Rights Council agreed to send their special rapporteur back to Myanmar Friday to maintain pressure on the authorities over human rights and freedom of expression.

The Council, concluding its sixth session in Geneva, also voted to keep the post of special rapporteur to Sudan for another year, while disbanding the group of experts who were assigned to carry out a mission to the country in February.

They had accused the government of complicity in killings and rapes carried out by militia in Darfur.

The 47-strong member council agreed to end the …

14 Dec 2007 description

Human Rights Council
AFTERNOON 14 December 2007

Council Establishes Expert Mechanism on Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Adopts Texts on Myanmar and Darfur

11 Dec 2007 description

Defending Democracy Burma's Struggle for Human Rights, Freedom and Justice

"Peace and stability have been restored in Myanmar, and life has returned to normal all over the country." Thus spoke the UN envoy to Burma, Kyaw Tint Swe, to the United Nations Security Council on November 13. Unfortunately, Swe's comments do not reflect the reality of the situation on the ground in Burma, where AJWS is working closely with those fighting for democracy and human rights.

In August and September of 2007, mass demonstrations swept across Burma.

11 Dec 2007 description

Human Rights Council
AFTERNOON 11 December 2007

The Human Rights Council today discussed the reports of the Group of Experts on Darfur and the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar.