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18 Dec 2012 description

For the UN International Migrants Day Tuesday 18 December 2012

Joint statement by UN experts, the IACHR Rapporteur on the Rights of Migrants and the ACHPR Special Rapporteur on Refugees, Asylum Seekers, Internally Displaced Persons and Migrants*

09 Nov 2012 description

BALI (8 November 2012) – United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Thursday welcomed the emergence of the Bali Democracy Forum as an important platform for the promotion of good governance, the rule of law and human rights in the region, while urging ASEAN leaders to take more time to develop a regional Human Rights Declaration. The draft Declaration is due to be adopted at the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Summit in Phnom Penh later this month.

10 Jul 2012 description

GENEVA (10 July 2012) – A group of United Nations independent experts on poverty, water and sanitation, education, health, food, international solidarity and foreign debt warned today there is no room for complacency with only three years to go until the 2015 deadline to achieve the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and urged States to intensify efforts towards the ultimate goal of full realization of human rights for all.

18 Jun 2012 description

Geneva, 18 June 2012

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

25 May 2012 description


Sixty-sixth General Assembly
110th Meeting (PM)

Candidates Approved for Two Seats on Committee for Programme and Coordination

Acting on the recommendation of the Secretary-General, the General Assembly this afternoon extended for two years the appointment of Navi Pillay as United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.

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.

26 Apr 2012 description

GENEVA (25 April 2012) – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Wednesday expressed deep concern about current or recent moves in a number of countries to curtail the freedom of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other civil society actors to operate independently and effectively.

18 Apr 2012 description

18 April 2012 GENEVA – As negotiations on the Rio+20 Conference outcome enter a critical phase, United Nations Human Rights chief Navi Pillay has urged all United Nations Member States to ensure that human rights are thoroughly integrated in the discussions and in any final outcome.

10 Apr 2012 description

The UN Human Rights office (OHCHR) focuses on the protection of the rights of all migrants, regardless of their legal status. The OHCHR strategy recognizes that migrants in an irregular situation are more likely to face discrimination, exclusion, exploitation and abuse, and are less likely to be able to seek redress for violations, fearing detection and deportation.

28 Mar 2012 description

True development is not about economic growth; it is about the constant improvement of the wellbeing of people, including through productive investment, the creation of decent jobs and the fair distribution of benefits, without discrimination.

It is a lesson that has been brought home by the Arab Spring.

20 Mar 2012 description

Geneva - 20 March 2012

"The relationship between racism and conflict is a deep-rooted, well-established one. A number of studies have shown that one of the earliest indicators of potential violence is the chronic disregard of minority rights. One survey by an international non-governmental organization indicated that more than 55 per cent of violent conflicts of a significant intensity between 2007 and 2009 had violations of minority rights or tensions between communities at their core.

07 Mar 2012 description

Statement by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on International Women’s Day

Geneva, 7 March 2012

18 Jan 2012 description

ADDIS ABABA (18 January 2012) – The UN Human Rights office, in cooperation with the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights convened a two day-meeting of the Special Procedures of the United Nations Human Rights Council and the Special Mechanisms of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights to explore ways of improving cooperation and coordination in promoting and protecting human rights in Africa. The meeting took place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 18 to 19 January 2012.