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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.

23 Feb 2018 description

The Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities today concluded its consideration of the initial report of Sudan on its implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

21 Nov 2017 description

GENEVA (21 November 2017) – A report by the UN Human Rights Office and the African Union-UN Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) has called on the Sudanese Government to pursue effective, transparent and durable policies to enable the 2.6 million people internally displaced by the long-running conflict in Darfur to return home voluntarily or to reintegrate into host communities.

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,
Excellencies,
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.

31 Aug 2016 description

“The UN Constitutional” team is pleased to present the fifth issue of its newsletter featuring articles by constitutional experts, reports from the field, and a digest of recent constitutions-related publications. In this edition, we interviewed the former Nepali Constituent Assembly chair on his role in this unique process. We also explore the importance of ‘context’ in constitutional assistance efforts, and consider the links between the SDGs and gender equality provisions in constitutions.

11 Mar 2016 description

10 March 2016

Distinguished President, Excellencies,

Over the past ten days, many delegations have shared with me their alarm about the growing disarray in many countries. And among other issues, I have raised with many of them my concerns about arrests, harassment and spurious prosecutions of journalists, activists, political opponents and human rights defenders.

21 Aug 2015 description

GENEVA (21 August 2015) – Serious human rights violations and abuses that occurred in Darfur in 2014, including killings and sexual violence, have largely gone uninvestigated and unpunished, according to a new report by the UN Human Rights Office.

20 Sep 2014 description

GENEVA (19 September 2014) – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on Friday urged Egypt and other North African and European States with relevant information to make a concerted effort to bring to justice the people smugglers who allegedly deliberately sank a boat causing the deaths of between 300 and 500 refugees and migrants in the Mediterranean last week.

11 Mar 2014 description

GENEVA (11 March 2014) – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay expressed deep concern on Tuesday that civilians in South Darfur, Sudan, have been bearing the brunt of recent attacks.

“There has been a disproportionate use of force by armed groups in areas in South Darfur that are not military targets. There must be an immediate halt to attacks on unarmed civilians,” she said.

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.

28 Jun 2012 description

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Thursday called on the Sudanese authorities to ensure that demonstrations planned for Friday are allowed to proceed peacefully, without security forces resorting to violent measures and mass arrests as they have over the past two weeks.

15 Jun 2012 description

Sudan / Human rights: “Further steps need to be taken,” says the UN Independent Expert on Sudan

GENEVA / KHARTOUM (15 June 2012) – The newly appointed Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in the Sudan, Mashood Adebayo Baderin, urged the Government of Sudan to take further steps to effectively implement its human rights obligations, and reiterated his support by identifying areas for technical assistance and capacity building.

11 May 2012 description

Statement by High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on 4th day of her mission to South Sudan

11 May 2012

Good afternoon, and thank you very much for coming.

I believe that my being able to come here so soon after independence can provide a useful stimulus for the development of a sound human rights framework that will benefit all current and future inhabitants of South Sudan. I therefore thank the Government not only for inviting me to come, but also for their warm reception, interest and cooperation throughout my visit.

04 May 2012 description

GENEVA – United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay is to make her first visit to South Sudan from 8 to 12 May.

17 Apr 2012 description

GENEVA (17 April 2012) – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Tuesday urged the governments of Sudan and South Sudan to stem the violence on both sides before it seriously undermines the hard-won peace agreement that was reached after decades of armed conflict.

Pillay underlined the obligation of both governments under international human rights and humanitarian law to ensure the protection of civilians, and condemned recent attacks by both sides which have resulted in civilian casualties.

12 Apr 2012 description

GENEVA (5 April 2012) – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Thursday warned that comments made by the Governor of South Kordofan State in Sudan, Ahmed Haroun, could amount to a serious crime and lead to an escalation of violence, thereby exacerbating an already dangerous situation in the border state.

11 Nov 2011 description

GENEVA (11 November 2011) – The UN human rights chief on Friday called for an investigation into Thursday's aerial bombing of a refugee camp in Unity State in South Sudan, and said that the information available so far suggested that the bombing may amount to an international crime or serious human rights violation.

15 Aug 2011 description

Sudan: UN human rights office says crimes against humanity and war crimes may have been committed in Southern Kordofan

GENEVA (15 August 2011) – A report* released on Monday by the UN human rights office says that, if substantiated, violations of international criminal law and international humanitarian law which are alleged to have taken place in Sudan’s Southern Kordofan State in June “could amount to crimes against humanity or war crimes.”

16 Jul 2011 description

Given the serious nature of “preliminary findings of preliminary allegations” to be included in a United Nations report on human rights in Southern Kordofan, which was expected to be finalized in the next 10 to 14 days, mechanisms for monitoring human rights in that area must be agreed, now that the mandate of the United Nations Mission in the Sudan (UNMIS) had ended, a top human rights official said during a press conference at Headquarters today.