Source: Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) |

South Sudan: Brutal sexual violence persists in northern Unity region – UN report

The actual level of sexual violence is likely to be considerably higher than the number of cases recorded

A UN report released Friday highlights persistently high levels of sexual violence in South Sudan’s northern Unity region, with at least 134 women and girls raped, and 41 having suffered other forms of sexual and physical violence just between September and December 2018.  Among the survivors, some were as young as eight. The…

Source: Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) |

UN women’s rights committee to review Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Botswana, Colombia, Ethiopia, Myanmar, Serbia, and the United Kingdom

The Committee will also hold dialogues with delegations from the respective governments and be briefed by NGOs and national human rights institutions

The UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) is meeting in Geneva from February 18 to March 8 to review women’s rights in the following countries: Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Botswana, Colombia, Ethiopia, Serbia, and the United Kingdom. On Friday, February 22 from 15:00-18:00, the Committee will…

Source: Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) |

UN Human Rights Office and African Court on Human and People’s Rights sign cooperation agreement

The two organizations aim to support each other’s work at both the international and regional levels

The UN Human Rights Chief and the President of Africa’s premier human rights court on Saturday, 9 February, signed a detailed agreement designed to strengthen the working relationship between the two organizations. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet and the President of the African Court on Human and…

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UN Child Rights Committee issues findings on Bahrain, Belgium, Czechia, Guinea, Italy, Japan, and Syrian Arab Republic

The findings contain positive aspects of how the respective States are implementing the Convention on the Rights of the Child and its Optional Protocols

The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child has published its findings on the countries it examined during its latest session from January 14 to February 1: Bahrain, Belgium, Czechia, Guinea, Italy, Japan, and Syrian Arab Republic. The findings contain positive aspects of how the respective States are implementing…

Source: Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) |

Committee on the Rights of the Child concludes Eightieth Session

Adopts Concluding Observations on Reports of Bahrain, Belgium, Czech Republic, Guinea, Italy, Japan and Syria

The Committee on the Rights of the Child this afternoon concluded its eightieth session after adopting its concluding observations and recommendations on the reports of Bahrain, Belgium, Guinea, Italy, Japan and Syria under the Convention on the Rights of the Child, and the report of the Czech Republic under the…

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Sahel: UN official underlines human rights role in fighting terrorism, warns of threat posed by private militias

Gilmour underlined the UN Human Rights Office’s strong commitment to continue to support the implementation of the compliance framework

Senior UN human rights official, Andrew Gilmour, has welcomed the commitment of countries of the Sahel to protect the rights of civilians as they confront terrorism, and warned of the dangers posed by the growing number of ethnic-based private militias. At the end of a nine-day visit to the region,…

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UNHCR welcomes Ethiopia law granting more rights to refugees

Ethiopia’s parliament adopted revisions in its existing refugee law on Thursday (17 January 2019), making it one of the most progressive refugee policies in Africa

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, welcomes Ethiopia’s historic new refugee law which will now allow refugees to obtain work permits, access primary education, obtain drivers’ licenses, legally register life events such as births and marriages and open up access to national financial services, such as banking. Ethiopia’s parliament adopted revisions…

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Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ravina Shamdasani on Zimbabwe

Reports suggest that protesters burned tyres, used rocks to barricade roads, and blocked buses from taking passengers to work

We are deeply troubled by the socio-economic crisis that is unfolding in Zimbabwe and the repression of large scale protests in the country, following the Government’s decision to increase fuel prices. We call on the Government to find ways of engaging with the population about their legitimate grievances and to…

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Reports of excessive force against Sudan protests deeply worrying – Bachelet

Bachelet called on the Government to protect the exercise by all of their rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly, regardless of their political affiliations

Credible reports of the use of excessive force, including live ammunition, by State security forces against protestors across Sudan over the past month are deeply worrying, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said Thursday. Bachelet called on the Government to protect the exercise by all of their rights…

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UN Human Rights Office says credible reports suggest at least 890 killed in western Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) violence in mid-December

Reports suggest that at least 82 people were also injured in the attacks, but the actual number of casualties is expected to be higher

The UN Human Rights Office said Wednesday that according to allegations from credible sources, at least 890 people were killed between 16 and 18 December in four villages in Yumbi territory, Mai-Ndombe province in the west of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, in what appear to have been clashes…