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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.

26 Apr 2012 description

GENEVA (26 April 2012) – The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay welcomed Thursday’s judgement by the Special Court for Sierra Leone in the Charles Taylor case, and said the guilty verdict against the former Liberian President for planning, aiding and abetting war crimes and crimes against humanity marked a major milestone in the development of international justice.

02 Dec 2009 description

New York, 2 December 2009

Dialogue with Member States on rule of law at the international level organized by the Rule of Law Unit


Ladies and Gentlemen,

I welcome this opportunity to address you.

01 Sep 2009 description

Alpbach, Austria

Ambassador Mayr-Harting,


Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am pleased to participate in this important stock-taking discussion on the United Nations Security Council and the protection of civilians in armed conflict since resolution 1265 (1999).

20 Mar 2009 description


On the occasion of World Water Day (22 March), the Independent Expert on the issue of human rights obligations related to access to safe drinking water and sanitation, Ms. Catarina de Albuquerque, expresses her particular concern about access to water and sanitation during emergencies.

"The chaos and insecurity caused by war and natural disasters frequently block access to water and sanitation, with devastating results," said the Independent Expert.

29 May 2008 description

The Committee on the Rights of the Child today considered the second periodic report of Sierra Leone on the implementation of the provisions of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in that country.

Teresa Vamoi, Chief Social Development Officer and Head of the Delegation of Sierra Leone, in her opening remarks, said that she was hoping for a fruitful dialogue with the Committee for the improvement of the protection of the rights of children in Sierra Leone.

Responding to questions, the delegation of Sierra Leone said that concerning birth registration, there was a policy which …

04 Dec 2007 description

Le Haut-Commissariat des Nations Unies aux droits de l'homme et le Gouvernement de la République du Sénégal ont signé, ce 3 décembre 2007 à Dakar, un accord de siège portant établissement d'un bureau régional pour l'Afrique de l'Ouest. La Haut-Commissaire adjointe, Mme Kyung-wha Kang, et le Ministre d'État, Ministre des affaires étrangères, M.

03 Dec 2007 description

Dakar/Geneva 3 December 2007 - The United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Government of Senegal signed today in Dakar a Memorandum of Understand establishing a regional office for West Africa.

05 Jul 2005 description

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour is embarking on a 10-day visit to three countries in West Africa emerging from armed conflict.

The High Commissioner will be traveling to Côte d'Ivoire, Liberia and Sierra Leone to witness the efforts being made to build effective systems of human rights protection in societies that have suffered from strife in recent years. All three countries host major United Nations peace operations comprising human rights components.


05 Dec 2003 description

GENEVA, 5 December (UN Information Service) -- The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) is seeking $54.8 million in contributions to fund activities in the coming year and to continue efforts to strengthen the institution.

04 Jun 2003 description

Bertrand Ramcharan, United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, currently performing the functions of High Commissioner for Human Rights, said today the indictment by the Special Prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone of Charles Taylor for war crimes, crimes against humanity and serious violations of international humanitarian law is highly significant.

08 Mar 2002 description

ADDIS ABABA/NEW YORK, 7 March (OSRSG) -- Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict Olara A. Otunnu has expressed his distress and grave concern about recent reports alleging extensive sexual exploitation of children in refugee camps in West Africa.

14 Jun 2001 description

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary Robinson, welcomed the release of the Global Report on Child soldiers by the Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers.

21 Jun 2000 description

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson has approved, on behalf of the Secretary-General, grants amounting to $7 million to organizations supporting victims of torture.
These grants were recommended by the Board of Trustees of the United Nations Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture at its nineteenth session, held in Geneva from 15 to 26 May 2000. The Board is an advisory body to the Secretary-General. The Fund was established by the General Assembly in 1981.

28 Apr 2000 description

Conference on War-Affected Children in West Africa
Accra, Ghana 27-28 April 2000
Workshop 3A -- Implementing Norms and Standards for War-Affected Children : At National, Regional and International Levels

Erin Mooney on behalf of The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and The Representative of the Secretary-General on Internally Displaced Persons

Madam Chairperson,
Fellow Speakers,

31 Dec 1999 description

Points to Situations in Chechnya, East Timor, Kosovo, Sierra Leone and Great Lakes Region of Africa as Evidence of Work Still to Be Done

27 Sep 1999 description

Sounding the Century Lecture
By Mary Robinson, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
London, 23 September 1999