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UN human rights chief briefs meeting on LGBT rights

An inflatable sculpture by British artist Alan Parkinson has opened at the United Nations office at Geneva (UNOG). The walk-through 'Luminarium' sculpture is designed to challenge diplomats, UN officials, school children and communities to think more creatively about how to make the work of the Human Rights Council better understood and applied around the world.  UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay speaking at the opening of week-long art installation. 10 June 2013 Geneva, SwitzerlandUnited Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay today took part in a groundbreaking ministerial meeting on violence and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons. The meeting marked the first time the topic had been the topic a Ministerial level at the United Nations. Continue reading

Syrian Crisis: United Nations Response – Update No.8

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) with Lakhdar Brahimi (left), Joint Special Representative of the UN and the League of Arab States for Syria, in St. Petersburg, host city of the 2013 G-20 Summit. In meetings with world leaders on the margins of the Summit, the Secretary-General and the Joint Special Representative have been urging for renewed efforts to rapidly convene the Geneva conference for Syria as soon as possible. 06 September 2013 St. Petersburg, Russian Federation Photo # 560239In a renewed push for the search for a political settlement to the Syrian crisis, the Secretary-General, accompanied by Joint Special Representative (JSR) Lakhdar Brahimi, took part in the G-20 Summit in St Petersburg on 6 September. Addressing the meeting, the Secretary-General reiterated his call to the international community Continue reading

Human Rights Council opens twenty-fourth session, hears update from the High Commissioner on the activities of her Office

The Human Rights Council opened its twenty-fourth regular session, hearing an update from the High Commissioner for Human Rights on the activities of her Office, followed by a general debate. The Council also heard statements from the Minister of Justice and Human Rights of Honduras and the Prime Minister of Thailand. Continue reading

Sri Lanka heading in ‘authoritarian direction’

High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay. UN Photo/Jean-Marc FerréAlthough the fighting is over, the suffering is not, the United Nations human rights chief today said wrapping up a week-long visit to Sri Lanka where she warned that the country is sowing the seeds of future discord by limiting personal freedoms and human rights. “I am deeply concerned that Sri Lanka, despite the opportunity provided by the end of the war to Continue reading

Security Council considers protection of civilians in armed conflict and stronger peacekeeping mandates

A wide view of the Security Council open debate on protection of civilians in armed conflict. 19 August 2013 New York, United NationsDespite recent strides in strengthening the ability of the United Nations to protect civilians, conflicts around the world were still characterized by a “prevailing disrespect” for the core principles of international humanitarian law, top officials warned the Security Council today. Briefing the Council ahead of a Continue reading

Syrian Crisis: United Nations Response – Update No.6

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks at the ceremony marking the 100th anniversary of the Peace Palace, seat of the International Court of Justice, in The Hague. 28 August 2013 The Hague, NetherlandsAs the rumble for military action against Syria for allegedly using chemical weapons against civilians in a suburb of Damascus increased, on 28 August, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged that the UN investigation team on the ground be given time to establish the facts. The alleged use of chemical weapons on 21 August Continue reading

UN panel set to begin hearings into human rights in DPRK

Michael Kirby, Chairman of the Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). Photo: Jean-Marc FerréA United Nations-mandated commission looking into the human rights situation in North Korea will begin a series of public hearings in Seoul next week aimed at gathering information from a variety of witnesses, including those who recently fled the Asian nation. Continue reading

Syrian Crisis: United Nations Response – Update No.3

Navi Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, speaks to journalists in Geneva on her priorities for her second term in office, which began last month. 18 October 2012 Geneva, SwitzerlandOn 2 August, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay expressed “deep shock” at allegations that armed opposition groups in Syria executed dozens of Government soldiers captured after a battle in Khan Al-Assal, a district of Aleppo in July. In a press statement, she said that the OHCHR team on the Continue reading

UN rights chief Navi Pillay urges States to do more to respect treaties with indigenous peoples

A Ladakhi woman, part of the Tibetan ethnic group. 01 August 1992 Photoksar, IndiaAhead of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous People, the United Nations human rights chief today urged States to do more to honour and strengthen their treaties with indigenous peoples, no matter how long ago they were signed. “Even when signed or otherwise agreed more than a century ago, many treaties remain the cornerstone for Continue reading

Argentina assumes presidency of the Security Council for August and announces its programme of work

Wide view of the Security Council during its meeting on the situation in Cyprus. The Council voted to adopt resolution 2114 (2013) to extend the mandate of the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) until 31 January 2014. 30 July 2013 United Nations, New YorkThe Security Council’s work for August would include two open debates, respectively, on the cooperation between the United Nations and regional and subregional organizations, and on the protection of civilians in armed conflict, Permanent Representative of Argentina, María Cristina Perceval, said today at Headquarters as she Continue reading