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UN Human Rights Chief to visit South Africa (7- 8 Dec), and Morocco (9 -10 Dec)

At the end of her visit to South Africa, Bachelet will travel to Marrakech, Morocco for the International Conference to Adopt the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Friday begins a two-day official visit to South Africa. At the end of her visit to South Africa, Bachelet will travel to Marrakech, Morocco for the International Conference to Adopt the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration. On 7…

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UN Human Rights chief warmly welcomes move towards equal inheritance rights for women in Tunisia

The Council of Ministers in Tunisia on Friday decided to send a draft law to parliament that would give male and female heirs equality

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Tuesday said the Tunisian Cabinet’s approval of a draft law that provides for equal inheritance rights for women is a significant step towards gender equality in the country, and sets an example for the region. The Council of Ministers in Tunisia…

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Bachelet: Tanzania has duty to protect – not further endanger – LGBT people

Bachelet urged the Government of Tanzania to fulfil its duty to protect the human rights of all the people within its territory

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Friday expressed alarm at the statement by the Regional Commissioner of Dar es Salaam that a committee will be put in place to track and arrest gay people, and to encourage people to report those they suspect of being gay. “Lesbian,…

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Mass expulsions from Angola have put thousands of Congolese at risk in Democratic Republic of Congo – Bachelet

Since the beginning of October, some 330,000 people have reportedly crossed from Angola

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. Since the…

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UN torture prevention body to visit Liberia

The four-member delegation will meet government officials and hold discussions with relevant ministries, as well as meeting with civil society organisations

The United Nations Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture (SPT) is set to carry out its second visit to Liberia from October 29 to November 2 to explore the treatment of people deprived of their liberty and the safeguards in place for their protection against torture and ill-treatment. The four-member delegation…

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UN women’s rights committee to review Bahamas, Republic of Congo, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Mauritius, Nepal, Samoa, Tajikistan, and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

The UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) is meeting in Geneva from October 22 to November 9 to review women’s rights in the following countries: Bahamas, Republic of Congo, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Mauritius, Nepal, Samoa, Tajikistan, and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. The above…

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UNHCR evacuates vulnerable refugees out of Libya as fighting resumes

Many of the evacuated had been held in detention centres for several months and were suffering from the effects of malnutrition and poor health

Amidst an increasingly volatile security situation in Tripoli, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency successfully evacuated 135 people out of Libya to Niger on Tuesday night (16 October). Many of the evacuated had been held in detention centres for several months and were suffering from the effects of malnutrition and poor…

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South Sudan: UN report urges release of hundreds of abducted civilians

Corroborated victim and witness accounts indicate that women and girls as young as 12, abducted by opposition forces, were paraded and lined up for commanders to choose as “wives”

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. In April 2018, after several months of relative calm, the pro-Riek…

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Mass Congolese returns from Angola could lead to a humanitarian crisis

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is concerned by a fast-developing humanitarian situation in the Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo sparked by mass returns from Angola over the last two weeks

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Babar Baloch – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today’s press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is concerned by a fast-developing humanitarian situation in the Kasai region of the…

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UN Human Rights Committee to review Belarus, Belize, Bulgaria, Guinea, Sudan, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

The UN Human Rights Committee, which monitors implementation by States of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), will meet in Geneva from October 8 to November 2 to review Belarus, Belize, Bulgaria, Guinea, Sudan, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. The meetings will be webcast here and…