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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.

06 Apr 2016 description

THE UN VOLUNTARY FUND FOR VICTIMS OF TORTURE

Individuals – women, men and children – are at the heart of the work of this unique United Nations Trust Fund. It was established by the General Assembly in 1981 when the world was faced with the plight of thousands of victims of torture from Chile and Argentina, and today provides direct assistance to over 50,000 victims of torture and their families in all regions of the world yearly. This can be in the form of psychological, medical, legal, social or financial aid.

09 Sep 2014 description

Mr. President, Distinguished Members of the Human Rights Council, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,