Human Rights 

Eliminate violence against women, most widespread, pervasive human rights violation

In a statement kicking off the “UNiTE! Activism to End Violence against Women and Girls campaign”, they reminded that an estimated one in three women experience gender-based violence during her lifetime. Moreover, that last year, nearly one in five 20- to 24-year-old women had been married before turning 18 and less than 40 per cent who experience violence seek help… Read More
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Taliban’s draconian violations against women may amount to crimes against humanity

“In recent months, violations of women and girls’ fundamental rights and freedoms in Afghanistan, already the most severe and unacceptable in the world, have sharply increased”, they said. In a statement pushing back on the Taliban’s violations, the Special Rapporteurs argued that gender persecution is a crime against humanity, which can be prosecuted under international law. ‘Tantamount to imprisonment’ While… Read More
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UN rights body launches Iran human rights investigation

The Council, meeting in special session in response to the crisis that was sparked by the death in September in police custody of 22-year-old Jina Mahsa Amini, heard Mr. Türk criticize “the fortress mentality of those who wield power” in Iran. The “unnecessary and disproportionate use of force” must end, he insisted.  Harrowing images “It pains me to see what… Read More
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Consign violence against women and girls, ‘to the history books’: UN chief 

Additionally, this violence continues hamper equality, development, peace and the fulfillment of women and girls’ human rights – preventing the promise of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to leave no one behind.  16 days of activism  The International Day also kicks off the UNiTE campaign, an initiative of 16 days of activism that runs from 25 November to 10 December and concludes on International… Read More
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Saudi Arabia: Resumption of executions for drug offences ‘deeply regrettable’, UN rights office says

Spokesperson Liz Throssell said executions have been taking place almost daily over the past two weeks, following the end of a 21-month official moratorium.  “The resumption of executions for drug-related offences in Saudi Arabia is a deeply regrettable step, all the more so coming just days after a wide majority of States in the UN General Assembly called for a… Read More
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Iran: 40 people killed in protests over past week – OHCHR

The development came amid ongoing nationwide protests sparked by the death in custody of Jina Mahsa Amini.  The 22-year-old from Iran’s Kurdistan region was arrested by Iran’s so-called “morality police” on 13 September for not wearing her hijab properly.  According to OHCHR, thousands have been detained throughout the country for joining peaceful protests.   Unholy charges  “At least six people connected… Read More
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Middle East: Terrifying surge in violence affecting children ‘must stop’ – UNICEF

“Children in the region continue to suffer the devastating impact of protracted conflicts, communal violence, explosive ordnance and remnants of war, and political and social unrest that permeate several countries”, the UN agency said, including in Iran, Iraq, Libya, Sudan, Syria, Yemen, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Before marking the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, on Sunday’s World… Read More
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Rights experts decry harassment of activists attending COP27

Climate activists and civil society have been subjected to intimidation, harassment and surveillance during the two-week gathering, held in the resort town of Sharm El-Sheikh, they reported.  End harassment, ensure safety  “We are deeply concerned by reported acts of harassment and intimidation by Egyptian officials, infringing the rights of Egyptian and non-Egyptian human rights and environmental defenders at COP27, including… Read More
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Rights experts call for greater global action to end child sexual exploitation and abuse

Millions of boys and girls worldwide continue to be fall prey to these crimes, they noted, stressing the importance of healing and justice for victims and survivors.  Their appeal comes in a statement to mark the first commemoration of the World Day for the Prevention of and Healing from Child Sexual Exploitation, Abuse and Violence.  Strive towards elimination  “Today is… Read More
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Racism and discrimination against children rife in countries worldwide: UNICEF

The report looks at the impact of discrimination on children and shows the extent to which racism and discrimination affect their education, health, access to a registered birth, and to a fair and equal justice system. It highlights widespread disparities among minority and ethnic groups. A lifetime of pain “Systemic racism and discrimination put children at risk of deprivation and… Read More