Annual UN-civil society conference to be held in Paris for first time

A major United Nations conference which brings together civil society organizations from around the world each year will be held in Paris for the time, and will focus on human rights.

Human rights abuses go well beyond cases that make headlines - Annan

With photos of prisoner abuses in Iraq and reports of civilians under attack in Sudan's Darfur region grabbing worldwide attention, Secretary-General Kofi Annan hosted a lecture today at United Nations Headquarters in New York that looked at the various dimensions of human rights.

World's human rights workers unite to face challenges, UN official says

Although oppressive governments sometimes defend one another, the "human rights idea" has spread around the world through intergovernmental groups, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and educational institutions, the United Nations' Acting High Commissioner for Human Rights said.