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26 Dec 2018 description

Award Ceremony for the United Nations Prize in the field of human rights award

Statement by Michelle Bachelet
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

General Assembly Hall, UN Headquarters, New York, 18 December 2018

Madam President of the General Assembly,
Secretary General,
Honourable recipients of the UN Prize,
Colleagues, Friends,

It is an enormous pleasure and honour to welcome the recipients of the 2018 United Nations Prize in the field of Human Rights.

20 Dec 2018 description

Migrants and refugees crossing Libya subjected to "unimaginable horrors" – UN

GENEVA/TRIPOLI (20 December 2018) – Migrants and refugees are being subjected to "unimaginable horrors" from the moment they enter Libya, throughout their stay in the country and – if they make it that far -- during their subsequent attempts to cross the Mediterranean sea, according to a UN report released on Thursday.

18 Dec 2018 description

GENEVA (18 December 2018) — The Global Compact on Migration is an important starting point for improved global migration governance that puts migrants and their human rights at the centre, UN human rights experts said on the occasion of today’s International Migrants Day, December 18. The experts call on all States who have not yet done so to join this unique global initiative, and contribute to its human rights based implementation.

06 Dec 2018 description

Statement by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet

Geneva, 6 December 2018

As we celebrate the 70th anniversary and many achievements of this trailblazing document, High Commissioner Bachelet calls on "each of us to do our part to breathe life into the beautiful dream of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights." The statement below will be available in all official UN languages on www.ohchr.org tomorrow, ahead of Human Rights Day on 10 December 2018.

28 Sep 2018 description

GENEVA/NIAMEY (28 September 2018) – The UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, Felipe González Morales, will visit Niger from 1 to 8 October 2018 to assess the country’s current migration laws, policies, practices and agreements, and their impact on migrant women, men and children.

10 Sep 2018 description

Distinguished President,
Director-General of the UN Office in Geneva,
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.

10 Aug 2018 description

GENEVA (10 August 2018) – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on Friday warmly welcomed the UN General Assembly’s appointment of Michelle Bachelet to succeed him when his mandate comes to an end on 31 August 2018.

21 Jun 2018 description

GENEVA (21 June 2018) –UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein has condemned the decision by the Hungarian Parliament to pass legislation that criminalizes individuals and groups deemed to be supporting asylum-seekers, refugees and undocumented migrants.

18 Jun 2018 description

Mr. President, Excellencies, Distinguished Delegates, Colleagues and Friends,

As this is my last global update to the Human Rights Council in a regular session – and before I turn, once again, to the important matter of access and cooperation – I wish to draw on some final reflections.

05 Jun 2018 description

Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: Ravina Shamdasani
Location: Geneva
Date: 5 June 2018
Subject: (1) Egypt, (2) United States and (3) Ethiopia

(1) Egypt

A spate of arrests, interrogations and detentions of activists, bloggers and journalists in Egypt over the last few weeks appears to indicate a significant escalation in the crackdown against the rights to freedom of expression, association and assembly in the country.

23 May 2018 description

Porte-parole du Haut-Commissaire aux droits de l’homme des Nations Unies : Ravina Shamdasani Lieu : Genève Date : 22 mai 2018

Nous demandons au gouvernement algérien de cesser les expulsions collectives de migrants particulièrement en provenance de pays d’Afrique subsaharienne. Alors que les chiffres exacts sont difficiles à obtenir, le nombre de migrants expulsés est estimé à plusieurs milliers.

22 May 2018 description

Vienna (22 May 2018) – In a speech delivered Tuesday at an international conference marking the 25th anniversary of a landmark human rights declaration, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein issued a stark warning that the world in general, including Europe, is back-sliding on human rights.

22 May 2018 description

Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: Ravina Shamdasani Location: Geneva Date: 22 May 2018 Subject: (1) Algeria and (2) Libya

(1) Algeria

We call on the Government of Algeria to cease the collective expulsions of migrants, particularly from sub-Saharan African countries. While exact figures are difficult to obtain, the number of people expelled is believed to run into many thousands.

08 May 2018 description

Justice for women is one of the main accelerators for achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Not only does investing in justice for women help to achieve gender equality and advance women’s empowerment, but it also creates a foundation for long-term growth and peaceful and inclusive societies. Despite the recent progress made in this area globally, women still face barriers to accessing justice that are often the result of policy, legislative, institutional, and societal failure to remove discrimination, gender bias, stereotyping, stigma, and indifference.

30 Apr 2018 description

Despite progress in the realization of children’s rights, as set out in the Convention on the Rights of the Child, too many commitments remain unfulfilled. This is particularly true for children deprived of liberty, who often remain invisible and forgotten.

29 Apr 2018 description
report Concern Worldwide, Catholic Relief Services, American Refugee Committee International, Africare, United Nations Population Fund, UN Office of the SRSG for Children and Armed Conflict, United Nations, World Health Organization, UN Development Programme, UN Volunteers, Italian Red Cross, UNOPS, Tearfund, UN Observer Mission in Georgia, UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo, UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations, UN Office on Drugs and Crime, CARE, UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, UN Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea, Caritas, Pact, UN Department of Political Affairs, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, World Food Programme, UN Human Settlements Program, Mercy Corps, UN Children's Fund, Médecins du Monde, Lutheran World Relief, International Rescue Committee, Operation USA, International Medical Corps, Relief International, UN Mission in Sudan, UN Interim Force in Lebanon, Refugees International, UN Department of Safety and Security, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Action by Churches Together International, HelpAge International, Save the Children, Plan International, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Médecins Sans Frontières, UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara, Women's Refugee Commission, ChildFund International, UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, World Renew, Monaco Red Cross, UN Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste

We, UN and non-UN entities, re-affirm our determination to prevent future acts of sexual exploitation and abuse by our personnel.

We note the issuance of this Statement at the High-level Conference on Eliminating Sexual Exploitation and Abuse by UN and NGO Personnel on 4 December 2006 in New York, USA and welcome future endorsement of this Statement by others.

25 Apr 2018 description

ADDIS ABABA (24 April 2018) – The UN Human Rights Office and the African Union on Tuesday agreed to enhance their strategic partnership to prevent and address human rights abuses and violations on the continent before they grow into full-fledged crises.

At a High-Level Dialogue on Human Rights at the African Union in Addis Ababa, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said that the African Union’s work on conflict resolution and conflict prevention “is a lynchpin of stability and security in many troubled regions.”

17 Apr 2018 description

GENEVA (16 April 2018) - The Committee on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families this afternoon held a panel discussion entitled “Putting migrant children’s rights upfront: challenges and duties in protecting the human rights of children in the context of international migration,” thus marking the launch of its joint General Comments with the Committee on the Rights of the Child on the human rights of migrant children.

15 Apr 2018 description

(Dakar, 14 avril 2018) Le Haut-Commissariat des Nations Unies aux droits de l'Homme-Bureau Régional pour l’Afrique de l’Ouest (HCDH-BRAO), le Bureau des Nations Unies pour l'Afrique de l'Ouest et le Sahel (UNOWAS), la Communauté économique des États de l'Afrique de l'Ouest (CEDEAO), en collaboration avec le Réseau des Institutions Nationales des Droits de l'Homme d’Afrique de l'Ouest, ont organisé du 12 au 14 avril à Dakar, les consultations régionales rassemblant les Institutions Nationales des Droits de l’Homme de l’Afrique de l’Ouest et du Sahel.

12 Mar 2018 description

Brussels, February 28, 2018: We, the undersigned civil society and UN organizations, are concerned by proposals now under consideration as part of the ongoing reform of the Common European Asylum System which would allow the use of coercion to take the fingerprints and facial images of children. The new EURODAC proposal being considered by the European Commission, Council and Parliament expands the purpose of the current database of asylum applicants to facilitate the identification of “irregularly staying third country nationals” through the use of biometric data.