Category: Human Rights

Removing deadly mines means ‘new horizons and hope’, clears a path to SDGs, says UN chief

  The path towards achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development must be “clear of landmines, explosive remnants of war and improvised explosive devices (IEDs)”, the United Nations Secretary-General said on Thursday, International Mine Awareness Day. “All people have the right to live in security, and not fear their next step”, António Guterres spelled out in his message, lauding mine […]

Venezuela: ‘A worrying destabilizing factor in the region’, Bachelet tells Human Rights Council

   Expressing deep concern at the “magnitude and gravity of the human rights impact” of Venezuela’s current crisis, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said on Wednesday that the country had become “a worrying destabilizing factor in the region.” Amid a protracted crisis from a faltering economy, political instability and violent anti-Government demonstrations, a […]

Without tackling ‘gross inequalities’ major issues will go unsolved, warns UN rights chief Bachelet

    Inequality continues to drive rights violations everywhere, but some countries have made significant progress in tackling the problem, not least in women’s rights, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said on Wednesday. In a more than half-hour address to the Human Rights Council, Michelle Bachelet highlighted concerns around the world, while also welcoming several firsts, […]

UN rights chief ‘alarmed’ by upsurge in attacks against civilians in Syria’s Idlib

  Civilians in Syria’s north-western city of idlib continue to be used “as pawns”, caught in the crossfire of bombardments by the Government and its allies, and attacks by non-State armed groups, the United Nations human rights chief, Michelle Bachelet, warned on Tuesday. Since December, the intensified ground-based bombardment of the city, located in the north-west […]

Thousands flee fresh violence in South Sudan, many ‘suffering from trauma’

  Over the past few days thousands of desperate civilians have been fleeing a fresh outbreak of violence in South Sudan’s Equatoria state, seeking safety in neighbouring Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), many “suffering from trauma.” Some 5,000 people have settled in several villages along the border near the town of Ingbokolo in Ituri […]