UN Human Rights Office

Upsurge in violence forces 88,000 people in CAR to flee: UNHCR

An upsurge in violence in the Central African Republic (CAR) has forced more than 88,000 people to flee their homes, a spokesperson for the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, has said.

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“Important” for more Ukrainian women to enter politics

It’s important for Ukrainian women to be an empowered voice in politics and represent vulnerable groups such as those displaced by conflict in the east.

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“Lack of recognition” in addressing sexual violence against men, boys

There has been a “lack of recognition” in addressing sexual violence against men and boys, according to a gender specialist, speaking at UN Headquarters.

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Deep foreboding for Aleppo civilians amid alleged executions

Reports have emerged from Syria’s Aleppo city that dozens of civilians - including women and children - have been executed by pro-government forces as they close in on the last remaining neighbourhoods still held by opposition groups.

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Intersex children subject to “unnecessary” medical treatment

Children, whose gender cannot be defined as male or female are often forced by their parents to undergo surgery in an attempt to “normalize” their bodies, according to a UN official.

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Estimated 1.7 per cent of new-born babies are intersex

An estimated 1.7 per cent of new-born babies across the world can be classified as intersex, which means their gender cannot simply be defined as male or female.

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Forced relocations, executions as Mosul liberation offensive continues

Tens of thousands of people living in areas surrounding the Iraqi city of Mosul are being used as human shields by ISIL as the battle to retake the city from the extremist group rages on.

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Reports of ISIL “ruthlessness” as Mosul battle continues

As the battle to liberate the Iraqi city of Mosul from the terrorist group ISIL intensifies, reports continue to emerge that the extremists are using civilians as “human shields.”

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UN Gender Focus: refugees, human trafficking and judicial rights

Detainees on Pacific island “completely without hope”

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Detainees on Pacific island “completely without hope”

Migrants and refugees being held on the Pacific island of Nauru are “completely without hope” according to the regional head of the UN human rights office, OHCHR.

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