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

UN report details horrors of western Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) violence, urges action to prosecute those responsible and prevent further bloodshed

The investigation team was able to verify that at least 535 men, women and children were killed and 111 others injured in Yumbi town, Bongende village and Nkolo II village

A special investigative mission to Yumbi territory in Mai-Ndombe province, in the west of the Democratic Republic of Congo, found that horrific intercommunal attacks carried out between 16 and 18 December 2018 at four locations were planned and executed with the support of customary chiefs and may amount to crimes…

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

Statement of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi on the crash of Ethiopian Airlines flight ET 302

We are working to confirm how many UNHCR colleagues were among those on board the tragic flight

It is with great sadness and shock that I have learned today that UNHCR colleagues were among the passengers of the Ethiopian Airlines flight ET 302 which crashed in Ethiopia this morning. Colleagues from the United Nations and other partners were also on board. Ethiopian Airlines has confirmed that there…

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

UN disability rights committee to review Cuba, Niger, Norway, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Spain, Turkey, and Vanuatu

During the meetings in Geneva, Committee members will hold dialogues with the respective State delegations

The UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities will meet in Geneva from 11 March to 5 April 2019 to review the following countries: Cuba, Niger, Norway, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Spain, Turkey, and Vanuatu. The above are among the 177 States that have ratified the Convention on…

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UN Human Rights Office in Burundi closes

The UN Human Rights Office in Burundi was set up in 1995

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet today announced, with deep regret, that the UN Human Rights Office in Burundi was closed down on Thursday 28 February at the insistence of the Government. “It is with deep regret that we have had to close our office in Burundi after…

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Human Rights Council holds high-level panel on the death penalty, in particular with respect to the rights to non-discrimination and equality

The panellists were Pradeep Kumar Gyawali, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Nepal; Melinda Janki, Director of the Justice Institute Guyana; and Fatimata M’Baye, Lawyer and Co-Founder of the Mauritanian Human Rights Association

The Human Rights Council this morning held its biennial high-level panel discussion on the question of the death penalty, with a focus on human rights violations in the context of the death penalty, in particular with respect to the rights to non-discrimination and equality.   Coly Seck, President of the Human…

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Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: Rupert Colville - Egypt

On 20 February, nine individuals were executed in a case related to the killing of Egypt’s General Prosecutor, Hisham Barakat

We are very concerned by the news from Egypt that a total of 15 people have been executed so far in the month of February, including nine people who were executed on Wednesday and six others who were subjected to the death penalty earlier in the month.  On 20 February, nine…

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…

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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…