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10 Sep 2019 description

Geneva, 9 September 2019

Distinguished President of the Council,
Excellencies,
Colleagues and Friends,

A year has gone by since I began my mandate. I won´t lie to you, it has not been an easy task. We are facing difficult challenges. Not only must we tackle traditional human rights issues, but also an array of new ones, such as the new digital landscape, and privacy; or what I will be speaking about shortly: climate change, and its impact on the rights of every single one of us.

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.

09 Dec 2016 description

HUMAN RIGHTS DAY, 10 DECEMBER 2016

GENEVA (8 December 2016) – “Unprecedented pressure on international human rights standards risks unravelling the unique set of protections set in place after the end of World War II,” according to UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein.

Speaking in the run-up to Human Rights Day on 10 December, Zeid also stressed it was within the power of every individual to play a role in pushing back against such pressures, and that many are already doing so.

01 Dec 2016 description

Informal briefing to the Human Rights Council

30 November 2016

Thank you Mr President, Good morning, Excellencies, Colleagues and friends,

14 Sep 2016 description

I am honoured to address this first session of the Council's second decade.

After two years as High Commissioner, I believe it is important for me to share with you in this oral update our concern over an emerging pattern: the growing refusal on the part of an increasing number of Member States to grant OHCHR, or the human rights mechanisms, access – either to countries generally, or to specific regions, when that access is requested explicitly, or in other instances to engage with us.

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.

15 Dec 2015 description

Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: Cécile Pouilly

Location: Geneva

Date: 15 December 2015

**Subjects: (1) Burundi, (2) Israel / Occupied Palestinian Territory, (3) Cuba and (4) High Commissioner speeches **

(1) Burundi

The High Commissioner is deeply alarmed by the latest developments in Burundi’s unfolding crisis.

26 May 2015 description

The following statement was delivered today by United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva: