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Youth activist speaks up for environmental protection at Human Rights Council

At the UN Human Rights Council on Wednesday, a teenager from Côte d’Ivoire has explained why protecting the environment matters so much.

Bachelet renews call for accountability in Philippines war on illegal drugs

The Human Rights Council should consider supporting new accountability measures against perpetrators of extrajudicial killings in the Philippines’ so-called war on illegal drugs, the UN’s top rights official said on Tuesday.

Human Rights Council calls on top UN rights official to take action on racist violence

The UN’s top rights official, Michelle Bachelet, is to spearhead efforts to address systemic racism against people of African descent by law enforcement agencies, the Human Rights Council decided on Friday. The resolution – decided unanimously without a vote - follows a rare Urgent Debate in the Council earlier in the week, requested by the African group of nations, following the death of George Floyd in the US state of Minnesota.

UN human rights chief: racism and xenophobia are ‘contagious killers’ too

The coronavirus outbreak may have forced millions around the world already into “social distancing”, keeping a metre apart to prevent its spread, but it will not stop them from uniting to combat racism, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights declared in Geneva on Friday. 

Myanmar: ‘Multidimensional and long-standing’ root causes behind rights minority abuses, says Bachelet

The Human Rights Council on Thursday held an interactive dialogue with UN rights chief, Michelle Bachelet, on the root causes of violations and abuses suffered by the Rohingya mainly-Muslim minority and other minorities in Myanmar. She said the Government now has a historic opportunity to counteract systematic violations, "by bringing its people together, as one".

Venezuela, Poland and Sudan amongst 14 new Human Rights Council members

14 new members were elected to the Human Rights Council on Thursday, following a secret ballot held in the General Assembly Hall in New York.

News in Brief 9 September 2019

 

  • Climate change is undermining human rights, warns Bachelet
  • Human rights in Venezuela, suffer 'devastating toll'
  • Health agency pledges $3.5 million to Dorian survivors
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We are ‘burning up our future’, UN’s Bachelet tells Human Rights Council

The Human Rights Council opened in Geneva on Monday with a warning from the UN’s top rights official that, with forest fires raging in the Amazon, “we are burning up our future, literally”.

News in Brief 12 July 2019

  • UN’s Guterres condemns ongoing airstrikes on Syria’s hospitals, medical workers
  • UN human rights office alarm over death sentences for 30 men in Houthi-held Sana’a
  • Human Rights Council session votes to probe Philippines’ deadly ‘war on drugs’
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News in Brief 10 July 2019

  • UN chief briefs top counter-terrorism conference in Kenya
  • Rohingya refugees 'must' get Myanmar citizenship rights
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