The UN General Assembly recently unanimously approved Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid al-Hussein of Jordan as the new High Commissioner for Human Rights, succeeding Navi Pillay of South Africa. “I am going to be the first High Commissioner from the Asian continent and from the Muslim and Arab worlds,” Prince Zeid said. “Needless to say this reflects the commitment of the international community towards this important dossier and its commitment to push it forward in this continent as well as in other regions of the world,” he added.

The UN General Assembly recently unanimously approved Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid al-Hussein of Jordan as the new High Commissioner for Human Rights, succeeding Navi Pillay of South Africa.

“I am going to be the first High Commissioner from the Asian continent and from the Muslim and Arab worlds,” Prince Zeid said.

“Needless to say this reflects the commitment of the international community towards this important dossier and its commitment to push it forward in this continent as well as in other regions of the world,” he added.

Monday is International Widows’ Day.An estimated 115 million widows live in poverty, and 81 million have suffered physical abuse. Abuse of widows and their children constitutes one of the most serious violations of human rights and obstacles to development today. Millions of the world’s widows endure extreme poverty, ostracism, violence, homelessness, ill health and discrimination in law and custom.

Monday is International Widows’ Day.

An estimated 115 million widows live in poverty, and 81 million have suffered physical abuse. 

Abuse of widows and their children constitutes one of the most serious violations of human rights and obstacles to development today. Millions of the world’s widows endure extreme poverty, ostracism, violence, homelessness, ill health and discrimination in law and custom.

After reports of mass executions in Iraq, Ban Ki-moon urged that the perpetrators of those crimes be brought to justice while also calling on Iraqi leaders to prevent sectarian reprisals.  Meanwhile, Ms. Navi Pillay, the Chief of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), condemned the apparently systematic series of cold-blooded executions, mostly conducted in the Tikrit area, which she said almost certainly amounts to war crimes.  Read more here.

After reports of mass executions in Iraq, Ban Ki-moon urged that the perpetrators of those crimes be brought to justice while also calling on Iraqi leaders to prevent sectarian reprisals.

Meanwhile, Ms. Navi Pillay, the Chief of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), condemned the apparently systematic series of cold-blooded executions, mostly conducted in the Tikrit area, which she said almost certainly amounts to war crimes.

Read more here.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon recently visited war-torn Central African Republic, where the security situation is deteriorating and human rights abuses continue.

"My first message is to the people of the country: You are not alone. The United Nations is honoured to be by your side," he said.

On Thursday the UN Security Council established a peacekeeping mission in the country which, as of September, will comprise of up to 10,000 military personnel. Find out more in this video.

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On Wednesday, Ban Ki-moon voiced his sadness at continuing reports of violence and loss of life amid protests in Venezuela, and urged that all efforts be urgently made to lower tensions and prevent further violence.He called for the protection of the human rights of all and appealed to Venezuelans, no matter their political perspective, to voice differences and grievances peacefully and in accordance with the law, and to seek common ground.Read more here. 

On Wednesday, Ban Ki-moon voiced his sadness at continuing reports of violence and loss of life amid protests in Venezuela, and urged that all efforts be urgently made to lower tensions and prevent further violence.

He called for the protection of the human rights of all and appealed to Venezuelans, no matter their political perspective, to voice differences and grievances peacefully and in accordance with the law, and to seek common ground.

Read more here

A crisis of epic proportions.
This is how the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon described the situation in the Central African Republic at a special session of the Human Rights Council.   
UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay spoke about the findings of the human rights monitoring mission she had deployed to the country where the team had documented large scale human rights violations including cases of sexual violence and the use of child soldiers.
The full report is here.

A crisis of epic proportions.

This is how the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon described the situation in the Central African Republic at a special session of the Human Rights Council.  

UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay spoke about the findings of the human rights monitoring mission she had deployed to the country where the team had documented large scale human rights violations including cases of sexual violence and the use of child soldiers.

The full report is here.