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15 Dec 2018 description

GENÈVE (14 décembre 2018) – La Haut-Commissaire des Nations Unies aux droits de l’homme a exprimé sa grande inquiétude face aux violences perpétrées lors des rallyes organisés cette semaine contre des partisans de l’opposition dans au moins trois provinces de la République démocratique du Congo en vue des élections présidentielles qui se tiendront le 23 décembre prochain.

14 Dec 2018 description

GENEVA (14 December 2018) – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Friday expressed deep concern at violence against opposition rallies this week in at least three provinces of the Democratic Republic of Congo ahead of the presidential elections to be held on 23 December. Bachelet called on the authorities to ensure that these incidents are promptly investigated, and that “the rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly – essential conditions for credible elections – are fully protected.”

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.

30 Nov 2018 description

GENEVA/NEW YORK/SANAA (30 November 2018) – Ten days before the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a senior UN official has been telling leaders on all sides of the Yemen conflict that “virtually every article in that noble document is being flagrantly and brutally disregarded.”

23 Nov 2018 description

Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: Liz Throssell Location: Geneva Date: 23 November 2018

(1) Guatemala

We welcome the ruling this week by a Guatemalan court to convict and sentence a former soldier to 5,130 years in prison for his role in the Dos Erres massacre – one of the most shocking episodes of the country’s long civil war when more than 200 people were killed in the village of Dos Erres in 1982.

20 Nov 2018 description

Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: Ravina Shamdasani
Location: Geneva
Date: 20 November 2018

Cameroon

13 Nov 2018 description

GENEVA (13 November 2018) – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Tuesday urged the Government of Bangladesh to halt plans for the repatriation of more than 2,200 Rohingya refugees to Myanmar, warning that the returns would be in violation of international law and put their lives and freedom at serious risk.

10 Nov 2018 description

GENEVA (10 November 2018) – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Saturday expressed outrage at the “unconscionable toll” that the escalation of hostilities in Al Hodeidah was taking on an already “deeply frightened and starving” population in Yemen. Bachelet urged the Saudi-led Coalition, the Houthi forces and all those supplying arms to the parties to the conflict to take immediate steps to end the suffering of civilians in Yemen.

06 Nov 2018 description
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ISIL’s legacy of terror: at least 200 mass graves in Iraq, says UN report

BAGHDAD/GENEVA (6 November 2018) – More than 200 mass graves containing the remains of thousands of victims have been discovered in areas formerly controlled by ISIL in Iraq, according to a UN report released Tuesday. The report highlights the legacy of ISIL’s relentless campaign of terror and violence and victims’ calls for truth and justice.

27 Oct 2018 description

GENEVE (26 octobre 2018) - La Haut-Commissaire des Nations Unies aux droits de l'homme, Michelle Bachelet, a prévenu vendredi que les expulsions collectives de ressortissants congolais de l'Angola avaient déjà entraîné de graves violations des droits de l’homme par les forces de sécurité des deux côtés de la frontière, laissant au moins 330 000 personnes rapatriées dans une situation extrêmement précaire.

26 Oct 2018 description

GENEVA (26 October 2018) – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Friday warned that the mass deportation of Congolese nationals from Angola has already resulted in serious human rights violations by security forces on both sides of the border, and left at least 330,000 returnees in an extremely precarious situation.

18 Oct 2018 description

UN report urges release of hundreds of abducted civilians

GENEVA / JUBA (18 October 2018) – A UN report has documented the immense suffering of civilians in the Western Equatoria region of South Sudan where 900 people were abducted and 24,000 forced to flee their homes during a surge in violence between April and August.

09 Oct 2018 description

Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: Ravina Shamdasani
Location: Geneva
Date: 9 October 2018
Subject: (1) Bangladesh (2) Venezuela

1. Bangladesh

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.

19 Sep 2018 description

Executive Summary

  1. This twenty-third report on the situation of human rights in Ukraine by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) is based on the work of the United Nations Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine (HRMMU) , and covers the period from 16 May to 15 August 2018.

12 Sep 2018 description

The UN fact-finding mission on Myanmar has issued its findings and recommendations on recent alleged human rights violations and abuses in Myanmar. Its findings point to crimes against humanity and war crimes – and to genocide against the Rohingya. The main responsibility lies with the military (the Tatmadaw).

The Mission analysed allegations of human rights violations and abuses in Kachin, Rakhine and Shan States since 2011. It conducted in-depth fact finding on several emblematic situations in order to reveal broader patterns.

11 Sep 2018 description

Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights:  Ravina Shamdasani 
Location: Geneva 
Date: 11 September 2018

Myanmar freedom of expression

A host of ill-defined laws has been used in Myanmar to exert control over independent journalism across the country, including in Kachin, Shan and Rakhine states, a UN human rights report on freedom of expression in the country has found. The report states that it has become “impossible for journalists to do their job without fear or favour.”

11 Sep 2018 description

Myanmar: UN report details silencing by law of independent journalism

GENEVA (11 September 2018) – A host of ill-defined laws has been used in Myanmar to exert control over independent journalism across the country, including in Kachin, Shan and Rakhine states, a UN human rights report on freedom of expression in the country has found. The report states that it has become “impossible for journalists to do their job without fear or favour.”

10 Sep 2018 description

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