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10 Dec 2008 description

More impact on mankind than any other document

"December 10 marks the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a single short document of 30 articles that has probably had more impact on mankind than any other document in modern history.

Immediately after the end of World War II, the world's politicians, diplomats, journalists, activists, thinkers, and - above all - its general population wanted to prevent such a war happening again, which meant tackling its causes as well as its aftermath. They were determined to ensure that there would never be …

03 Dec 2008 description

Climate change poses a direct threat to a wide range of universally recognized human rights.

25 Jun 2008 description

Six United Nations entities regularly involved with issues relating to the prevention of torture and helping its victims have said that, despite a strong international legal framework outlawing torture, much remains to be done "to ensure that everybody is free of this scourge," and urged that special attention be paid to ensure better protection for women.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights joins in with the following human rights entities and experts on the statement marking the UN International Day in Support of Victims of Torture.

The other five signatories of the …

05 Jun 2008 description

Rome, 3-5 June 2008




04 Jun 2008 description

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour on Wednesday told world leaders and other high-level delegates attending the Conference on World Food Security in Rome that human rights violations by governments often lie at the roots of food crises as well as hinder efforts to feed affected populations.

"Food insecurity is often compounded by warfare, bad governance, and natural disasters," Arbour said.

01 May 2008 description

GENEVA -- The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Louise Arbour, today joined the Secretary-General in urging the international community to respond promptly and effectively to the crisis generated by the rapid growth in food prices around the world.

'As the Secretary-General has stressed, the first priority must be to feed the hungry', said the High Commissioner, adding that while this is a response of a fundamentally humanitarian character, it should nevertheless be understood not as an act of charity, but a matter of obligation.

01 Apr 2008 description

The OHCHR 2007 Report represents the latest document in a set of management tools that has guided OHCHR's internal operational approach, and has steered the direction of our relations with the community of stakeholders and donors since 2005. Together with my 2005 Plan of Action and the biennial Strategic Management Plan, this report offers a comprehensive overview of our activities and strategies.

01 Apr 2008 description

Hybrid courts are defined as courts of mixed composition and jurisdiction, encompassing both national and international aspects, usually operating within the jurisdiction where the crimes occurred. This rule-of-law policy tool aims to serve two purposes: first, to explore the potential positive impact hybrid courts may have on the domestic justice system of post-conflict States so as to ensure a lasting legacy for the rule of law and respect for human rights; second, to examine how hybrid courts can receive the mandates and necessary political support required to be more effective in terms …

01 Apr 2008 description

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has long been committed to promoting work on reparations for victims of human rights violations. Some of these efforts have borne fruit in recent years with the adoption by the General Assembly of the Basic Principles and Guidelines on the Right to a Remedy and Reparation for Victims of Gross Violations of International Human Rights Law and Serious Violations of International Humanitarian Law.

07 Mar 2008 description

On the occasion of International Women's Day (8 March), UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Louise Arbour, issued the following statement:

GENEVA (OHCHR) - Laws that discriminate against women are still to be found on the statute books of virtually every country in the world, and repeated promises by states to revise or repeal them are not being honoured, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour said Friday.

Arbour, who was speaking on the eve of International Women's Day, said a newly released report commissioned by OHCHR shows that "the effects of …

29 Feb 2008 description

The aim of the project was to examine the advisability of creating a new mechanism to address laws that discriminate against women. The terms of reference specified two key objectives. The first was to overview existing UN mechanisms to ascertain the extent to which they addressed the issue of discriminatory laws. This involved interviewing UN human rights and agency officials working in both Geneva and New York and also reviewing the reports and jurisprudence of human rights committees and special procedure mechanisms.