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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.

30 May 2016 description

Commentaire du Haut-Commissaire des Nations Unies aux droits de l’homme, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein

GENEVE (30 mai 2016) - « Je salue le verdict prononcé à l’encontre de l’ancien Président du Tchad, Hissène Habré, pour crimes contre l’humanité, exécutions sommaires, torture et viol, par une cour spéciale au Sénégal.

Après des années de lutte et de nombreux déboires sur le chemin de la justice, ce verdict est aussi historique que durement acquis. J’espère sincèrement qu’aujourd’hui, enfin, les victimes d’Habré pourront ressentir un certain soulagement.

30 May 2016 description

Comment by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein

GENEVA (30 May 2016) - “I warmly welcome the verdict of the special court in Senegal convicting the former President of Chad Hissène Habré of crimes against humanity, summary executions, torture and rape.

After years of struggle and many setbacks on the way to justice, this verdict is as historic as it was hard-won. I sincerely hope that today, at last, Habré’s victims will experience some sense of relief.

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.

01 Sep 2015 description

Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: Cécile Pouilly
Location: Geneva
Date: 1 September 2015

1) Yemen

We are alarmed by the steep increase in the number of civilian casualties in Taiz in recent weeks, as well as the untenable humanitarian situation, which is being made worse by the blockage of supply routes into Taiz city by Popular Committees affiliated with the Houthis.

20 Jul 2015 description

GENEVE (20 juillet 2015) – Le Haut-Commissaire des Nations Unies aux droits de l'homme Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein s’est félicité lundi de l’ouverture du procès de l’ancien Président du Tchad, Hissène Habré, devant une cour spéciale au Sénégal, déclarant qu’il s’agissait d’un « tournant pour la justice en Afrique ».

20 Jul 2015 description

GENEVA (20 July 2015) – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on Monday welcomed the opening of the trial of Hissène Habré, the former President of Chad, before a special court in Senegal, calling it “a milestone for justice in Africa.”

04 Apr 2014 description

1) Central African Republic

We have received more detailed information on the incident involving Chadian soldiers in Bangui on March 29, following an initial investigation carried out by a human rights team on the ground.

Earlier this week, the team from the Human Rights and Justice Section of BINUCA visited two medical centers (the Hopital Communautaire, and the Hopital General) where most of the survivors are being treated and also visited the site where the shooting took place at PK 12, in the North of Bangui.

18 Jun 2012 description

Geneva, 18 June 2012

Madame President, Distinguished Members of the Human Rights Council, Excellencies, Colleagues and Friends,

04 Apr 2012 description

N’DJAMENA / GENEVA (4 April 2012) – At the end of the first high-level mission to Chad by a UN human rights official, Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, Kyung-wha Kang said that while the Government had a difficult task ahead in improving the human rights situation in the country, it was clear that the political will to do so exists.

10 Dec 2010 description

Situation des droits de l'Homme à l'est du Tchad : encore des défis à relever

N'Djamena, 10 décembre 2010 - La Mission des Nations Unies en République centrafricaine et au Tchad (MINURCAT) et le Haut Commissariat aux Droits de l'Homme viennent de publier un rapport sur la situation des droits de l'Homme à l'est du Tchad au cours de la période d'avril 2008 à novembre 2010.

Tout en reconnaissant les efforts déployés par le Gouvernement tchadien pour lutter contre les violations des droits de l'Homme, le rapport met en lumière les principaux défis …

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.

03 Jun 2009 description

Geneva, 3 June 2009

Mr. President,

Distinguished Members of the Human Rights Council,


Ladies and Gentlemen,

I appreciate this opportunity to present some updates on human rights themes and on situations of particular concern. But first, I wish to congratulate those States that have been re-elected or were newly selected as Members of the Human Rights Council.

19 May 2009 description

Launching her Office's latest yearly report on its human rights work around the world, the 2008 Report on Activities and Results, High Commissioner Navi Pillay called 2008 a "landmark year for the human rights community," pointing to a number of significant institutional reforms, new international legal instruments and a series of historic milestones, among them the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

As the organisation with the lead responsibility for implementing …

29 Apr 2009 description

Committee against Torture

The Committee against Torture this morning began its consideration of the initial report of Chad 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, Abderaman Djasnabaille, Minister for Human Rights and the Promotion of Freedoms of Chad, said that the report set out the institutional and legal framework for the promotion and protection of human rights and the respect for human dignity.

22 Feb 2008 description

Detentions in Chad

We are concerned about the reported abduction and detention of several opposition leaders as well as members of civil society organizations in Chad in the wake of the recent fighting in N'Djamena. While appreciating that the government faced a major crisis, with fighting taking place right in the heart of the capital city, it is important that detentions take place in full accordance with standards laid down under international law, and that the fundamental rights of detainees are maintained. We remain concerned about reports of killings of large numbers of …

05 Feb 2008 description

Geneva, 5 February 2008 - The High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ms. Louise Arbour, expressed her deep concerns regarding the military escalation in Chad in recent days and the threat this represents for civilians. In expressing her sorrow at the reported loss of lives and wounded among the Chadian population, the High Commissioner called on both Government forces and rebel groups to respect international human rights and humanitarian law and to take all appropriate measures to protect civilians.

17 Nov 2006 description

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour expressed deep concern today over continuing attacks against civilians and deadly inter-communal clashes in the area of Chad bordering Sudan's Darfur region.

According to recent reports, armed men on horseback have attacked, looted and burned several remote villages in south-eastern Chad over the past week, leaving many dead and forcing hundreds to flee their homes.