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10 Sep 2019 description

Geneva, 9 September 2019

Distinguished President of the Council,
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.

02 Sep 2019 description

Committee on the Rights of Migrant Workers

2 September 2019

Committee on the Rights of Migrant Workers Opens its Session, Hears Non-Governmental Organization Flag Discriminatory Discourse by High-Level Authorities in Argentina as well as Family Separations

10 Jul 2019 description

GINEBRA (8 de julio de 2019) - La Alta Comisionada de las Naciones Unidas para los Derechos Humanos, Michelle Bachelet, dijo el lunes que está profundamente alarmada por las condiciones de personas migrantes y refugiadas, niñas, niños y adultas, que permanecen en detención en los Estados Unidos después de cruzar la frontera sur. Bachelet enfatizó que las niñas y los niños nunca deben ser recluidos en detención migratoria o separados de sus familias.

08 Jul 2019 description

GENEVA (8 July 2019) - UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said on Monday she is appalled by the conditions in which migrants and refugees - children and adults - are being held in detention in the United States of America after crossing the southern border. She stressed that children should never be held in immigration detention or separated from their families.

07 Jun 2019 description

We are deeply concerned about the ghastly conditions in which migrants and refugees are being held in detention in Libya – with some 22 having died of tuberculosis and other illnesses in the Zintan detention facility since September 2018 – as well as ongoing reports of disappearances and human trafficking after people were intercepted at sea by the Libyan Coast Guard.

03 May 2019 description

Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: Ravina Shamdasani
Location: Geneva
Date: 3 May 2019

1) Iran

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

08 Mar 2018 description

Informe revela que las niñas refugiadas en edad de recibir educación secundaria tienen solo la mitad de las posibilidades de inscribirse a la escuela que sus compañeros de sexo masculino.

06 Mar 2018 description

“Last week, the Hungarian Foreign Minister, Péter Szijjártó, said it was "slanderous" and "unacceptable" of me to call his Prime Minister a racist. He claimed I had "accused Hungary of being comparable to the worst dictatorships of the last century" and demanded I resign.

26 Feb 2018 description

GENEVA (26 February 2018) – Placing migrants and asylum seekers in detention should be seen as a last resort to be used only in strictly limited circumstances, the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention has stated in its position document based on international law and its own jurisprudence.

The group’s intervention comes amid concern over the increasing use of detention of migrants, a worldwide practice which has grown steadily over recent years.