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.

News In Brief 26 April 2018

  • Food origin labels improve incomes for local farmers: FAO-backed study
  • UN rights chief welcomes ‘openness’ of new Ethiopia Government
  • Women inventors and creators celebrated on World Intellectual Property Day
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News in Brief 07 February 2018

  • More than 300 child soldiers released by armed groups in South Sudan
  • World Urban Forum opens with call for “equal voice” for women in cities
  • “All-out assault on democracy” in the Maldives: UN human rights chief
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News in Brief 19 December 2017 – Geneva (AM)

UN rights chief Zeid in probe call after Israeli military shoot disabled protester

The fatal shooting by the Israeli military of a wheelchair-bound demonstrator from Gaza was a “wanton act” that merits an independent investigation, the UN human rights chief said on Tuesday.

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News in Brief 4 December 2017 - Geneva (AM)

Yemen: desperate families trapped by armed clashes, airstrikes

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UN Daily News Programme 21 November 2017

Listen to our daily bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, presented by Matt Wells and Daniel Johnson.

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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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News in Brief 12 October 2017 (PM)

Libyan government urged to find alternatives to “horrific” detention centres

The Libyan government needs to establish alternatives to detention centres in the country, where human rights abuses of migrants and others have become “endemic”.

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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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