Category: Human Rights

‘Don’t let adults off the hook, keep raising your voices;’ Kids ‘take over’ UN for World Children’s Day

Secretary-General António Guterres and UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake with Children’s Activists for UNICEF World Children’s Day. UN Photo/Kim Haughton 20 November 2017 – It’s official, kids have taken over… at least for today – World Children’s Day – celebrated annually on 20 November, which this year marks the twentieth anniversary of the Declaration of […]

One-third of Rohingya refugee families in Bangladesh vulnerable, UN agency finds

Staff from the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees interview Rohingyas at a UNHCR transit center in Bangladesh. Photo: UNHCR/Roger Arnold

The innovative data collection technology employed by the United Nations refugee agency for the first stage of Rohingya family counting in Bangladesh has revealed a worrying statistic: one-third of the refugee population is vulnerable. “In an innovative and revealing family counting exercise, UNHCR [the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees] teams found that one-third of […]

Both ISIL and Syrian Government responsible for use of chemical weapons, UN Security Council told

Edmond Mulet, Head of the Security Council Joint Investigative Mechanism on Chemical Weapon, briefs the Council. UN Photo/Cia Pak

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh) was responsible for using sulfur mustard in a September 2016 attack in Umm Hawsh and the Syrian Government was accountable for the release of sarin in an April 2017 attack in Khan Shaykhun, the head of a Security Council-mandated investigation said Tuesday. “There has been sufficient […]

UN concerned over ‘unfolding humanitarian emergency’ at Australia’s offshore processing centre

Rupert Colville, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). UN Photo

The United Nations human rights office on Friday expressed its concern over “an unfolding humanitarian emergency” at Australia’s offshore detention centre, where refugees and asylum seekers are holding out after the Australian Government’s decision to close the facility and pull out its support staff. “We share the concerns of other UN agencies… about what is an unfolding […]

‘Failure to broker peace’ hinders solutions to displacement, UN refugee chief tells Security Council

Pictured here, Rohingya refugees including women and children cross from Myanmar into Bangladesh at Palong Khali in Cox’s Bazar district. Photo: UNICEF/LeMoyne

The head of the United Nations refugee agency on Thursday urged global leaders to find political solutions to the world’s conflicts, if the swelling numbers of forcibly displaced people are ever to return home. “Securing solutions for the millions of people uprooted around the world, and avoiding a repeat of the massive outflows that have […]