Zeid Ra'ad al Hussein

INTERVIEW: ‘Defend the people, not the States’, says outgoing UN human rights chief

For four years, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, has been taking governments across the world to task, exposing human rights violations and robustly advocating for the rights of victims.

UN human rights chief denounces grave 'assaults' on fundamental rights of Palestinian people

From arbitrary detentions and deliberate deprivation, to attacks against civilians and forced displacements, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, expressed “acute concerns” on Monday over the current human rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.

Americas' action plan launched to protect human rights defenders

A plan has been launched to address what one UN body considers among the most pressing problems in the Americas: protection of human rights defenders.

The region accounted for three out of every four recorded murders of these activists worldwide in 2016.

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UN human rights chief urges probe into violence during referendum in Catalonia

The top United Nations human rights official urged today the authorities in Spain to ensure thorough, independent and impartial investigations into all acts of violence that took place Sunday during a referendum on the independence of Catalonia.

Myanmar violence may be “textbook" ethnic cleansing: Zeid

States which commit “the most egregious violations” should be excluded from the Human Rights Council, while violence in Myanmar may be “textbook…ethnic cleansing”, the UN’s top rights official said on Monday.

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Rights chief Zeid to call for action on Venezuela

Democracy in Venezuela is “barely alive" and UN Member States should help prevent the situation from worsening, the UN’s rights chief said on Wednesday.

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UN human rights chief calls for probe on DRC abuses

Allegations of grave human rights abuses in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) should face a high-level international probe, the UN Human Rights chief said on Wednesday.

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Human rights? It’s personal, Guterres tells Council

The denial of human rights is a disease which is spreading “north, south, east and west”, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Monday.

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“New and alarming patterns” of enforced disappearance emerging: Zeid

The practice of enforced disappearance is not decreasing, it’s “morphing”, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has said.

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Fears that DR Congo violence is spreading

At least 40 civilians have been killed by security forces in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in the past week, the UN said on Friday, a sign of growing instability in the country.

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