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India’s decision to re-criminalize same-sex relationships “a step backwards”

A decision issued by India’s Supreme Court to uphold a colonial-era law criminalizing same-sex relationships has been described as a “step backwards for India”.

That’s according to a statement issued by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, on Thursday.

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UNICEF report finds 230 million children officially do not exist

The UN children’s fund (UNICEF) turns 67 this Wednesday and the agency is using the occasion to highlight how nearly a quarter of a billion children worldwide are literally being robbed of their birthright.

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Somalia joins world in celebrating Human Rights Day

A group of high profile Somali government officials spent the morning celebrating Human Rights Day with inmates of the Mogadishu Central Prison.

The Day is marked every year on 10 December.

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Nelson Mandela: A champion for human rights

Thousands of people thronged the FNB Stadium in Soweto on Tuesday to pay tribute to former South African President Nelson Mandela who died last week at the age of 95.

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Somali women call for greater role in politics and access to justice

In Somalia, a country once described as “one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a woman”, an important conversation is taking place.

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UN: Say “No” to corruption and “Yes” to Development

In some countries, people often think that they are at the mercy of corruption and that it’s “just a way of life”.

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Afghanistan still has ‘A Way to Go’ in tackling violence against women: UN report

Implementation of a landmark law in Afghanistan on the Elimination of Violence against Women has been slow and uneven, according to a UN human rights report released this week.

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South Africa mourns Nelson Mandela with sadness and celebration

The day after Nelson Mandela’s death, people all over South Africa marked his passing with sadness and celebration, the head of the UN Information Centre  (UNIC) in Pretoria reports.

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The late Mandela a “people person," shares former Chief Legal Adviser

Nelson Mandela was a “people person”, graceful, charming and showed gratitude even to the most humble of workers around him.

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UN agencies concerned about latest violence in Central African Republic

The deteriorating security situation in the Central African Republic is hampering delivery of assistance to nearly 2.6 million people.

This warning has come from United Nations humanitarian agencies as inter-ethnic tensions and violence continue to grow.

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