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

United Nations (UN) Human Rights Committee publishes findings on Central African Republic, Portugal, Tunisia, Uzbekistan and Dominica

The findings, available online, contain positive aspects of each country’s implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights

The UN Human Rights Committee has published its findings on the civil and political rights record of Central African Republic, Portugal, Tunisia, Uzbekistan and Dominica which it reviewed during its latest session. Although the session, which was due to end on 27 March, was suspended in mid-March because of the…

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Coronavirus – Ethiopia: Press briefing note on Ethiopia, 27 March 2020

Authorities, medical professionals and relevant experts must be able to share accurate and vital information with each other and the public about the pandemic

Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: Rupert Colville Location: Geneva Date: 27 March 2020 Subject: Ethiopia We are very concerned by the continued communications shutdown in parts of Ethiopia, and more broadly call on all countries to ensure that everyone has ready and unhindered access to the internet and phone services,…

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South Sudan: To achieve lasting peace, localized violence must end, says Bachelet

Over 200 women and children are believed to have been abducted and subjected to sexual violence

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, today expressed serious concerns about the escalation in intercommunal violence in central and eastern South Sudan in the past month, urging State authorities to curb the bloodshed and bring those responsible to justice. Hundreds have been killed, women and children subjected…

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UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights issues findings on Belgium, Benin, Guinea, Norway, and Ukraine

The findings contain positive aspects of how the respective States are implementing the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

The UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights has published its findings on the countries it examined during its latest session from 17 February to 6 March 2020: Belgium, Benin, Guinea, Norway, and Ukraine. The findings contain positive aspects of how the respective States are implementing the International Covenant…

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UN Women’s Rights Committee to review Afghanistan, Bulgaria, Eritrea, Kiribati, Latvia, Pakistan, Republic of Moldova, and Zimbabwe

The above countries are among the 189 States parties to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women

The UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) is meeting in Geneva from 10 to 28 February 2020 to review the situation of women’s rights in the following countries: Afghanistan, Bulgaria, Eritrea, Kiribati, Latvia, Pakistan, Republic of Moldova, and Zimbabwe. The above countries are among the 189 States…

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UN Child Rights Committee to review Austria, Belarus, Costa Rica, Hungary, Rwanda and State of Palestine

The public sessions will be held in the Ground Floor Conference Room of Palais Wilson in Geneva

The UN Child Rights Committee will meet in Geneva from 20 January to 7 February to review Austria, Belarus, Costa Rica, Hungary, Rwanda, and State of Palestine. The above are among the 196 States parties to the Child Rights Convention and its Optional Protocols. They required to undergo regular reviews…

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UN Human Rights Office Welcomes New Agreement with the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region

The Memorandum of Understanding establishes the basic parameters for the collaboration with the Office

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet and the Executive Secretary of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) Zachary Muburi-Muita on Monday signed a Memorandum of Understanding to deepen the existing collaboration between the UN Human Rights Office and the ICGLR. “I look forward to…

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International Decade for People of African Descent Regional Meeting in Dakar, Senegal, 23-24 October 2019

The regional meeting, hosted by the Government of Senegal, follows two previous meetings – one in Brasilia for the Latin America and Caribbean region in 2015

The UN Human Rights Office and African Union Commission will on 23 and 24 October hold a regional conference in Dakar as part of the International Decade for People of African Descent. The Dakar meeting will have dynamic youth participation and benefit from digital interaction and social media presence, and…

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UN Women’s Rights Committee to review Andorra, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cambodia, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, and Seychelles

The Committee’s open meetings will take place in Room XVII at the Palais des Nations

The UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) is meeting in Geneva from 21 October to 8 November to review the situation of women’s rights in the following countries: Andorra, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cambodia, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, and Seychelles. All the countries under review are party to…

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Bachelet welcomes release of hundreds of political actors in Cameroon

The President had ordered the release of 333 persons arrested in the context of the conflict in the Northwest and Southwest regions

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Tuesday welcomed the release of hundreds of political actors in Cameroon, among them opposition leader Maurice Kamto. On 4 October, President Paul Biya announced the release of Kamto and more than a hundred of others detained in relation to the recent…