Human rights around the world are currently under major attack. I feel it even in the rarefied atmosphere of the UN in New York and Geneva, where High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, my colleagues and I are criticized from many quarters, and attempts are made to silence us, slash our budgets and reduce our capacities. So if we feel it, even there, you on the frontline surely feel it far more acutely. An antagonistic nationalism is on the rise, with mounting levels of racism and xenophobia.
Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: Rupert Colville
Date: 13 October 2017
(1) Azerbaijan, Egypt and Indonesia / LGBT
We are deeply concerned by a wave of arrests in Azerbaijan, Egypt and Indonesia of more than 180 people perceived to be lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) – many of whom have reportedly been mistreated by law enforcement officials.
Geneva, 12 October 2017 - No UN High Commissioner for Human Rights ever managed to make an official visit to discuss the human rights situation in Libya during the time of Muammar Gaddafi or in the years following the end of his dictatorial regime.
Civilian casualties remain near record high levels in Afghanistan
KABUL - Civilian deaths and injuries in Afghanistan remained near record high levels in the first nine months of the year, largely as a result of ground engagements, new data from the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) indicates.
- Overall levels of violence affecting the well-being of civilians in the majority of areas covered by the 4 May 2017 "Memorandum on the Creation of De-escalation Areas in the Syrian Arab Republic" continue to remain low compared to earlier in the year. However, hostilities elsewhere, including in Raqqa and Deir-ez-Zor, have had a significant impact on civilians. In Idleb Governorate OHCHR is concerned about the situation of civilians and their ability to enjoy their human rights due to ongoing hostilities.