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UN urges investigation into alleged executions by anti-government armed groups in Syria’s Khan al-Assal

Navi Pillay, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, addresses the Human Rights Council at the opening of its 23rd session. 27 May 2013 Geneva, SwitzerlandUnited Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay has said that allegations that armed opposition groups in Syria executed dozens of government soldiers captured after a battle in Khan Al-Assal in July are “deeply shocking,” and highlighted yet again the need to ensure those responsible for violations of international humanitarian law Continue reading

UN comments on mass state surveillance and human rights

Navi Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, briefs journalists on the state of human rights around the globe, at a press conference held at the UN Office in Geneva. In her opening statement, Ms. Pillay asked “all States to devote much more to making human rights a reality”. 30 June 2011 Geneva, SwitzerlandThe situation of Edward Snowden and alleged large-scale violations of the right of privacy by surveillance programmes raise a number of important international human rights issues which need to be addressed, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, said on Friday. “While concerns about national security and criminal activity may Continue reading

Human rights in Iraq are under threat from violence

A view of the damaged United Nations office in Baghdad following the detonation of a truck bomb on 19 of August 2003. 19 August 2003 Baghdad, Iraq“Despite some progress, human rights in Iraq are under further threat from mounting violence”, says the United Nations on the release of its latest Report on Human Rights in Iraq. The report, published by the Human Rights Office of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) in cooperation with the United Nations Continue reading

20th anniversary of the Vienna Declaration on human rights

Navi Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, addressed opening the Vienna+20 Conference. UN PhotoWhile there have been significant human rights achievements since the landmark adoption of the Vienna Declaration 20 years ago, people across the world are still being denied basic liberties, a United Nations senior official said today, calling on countries to step up their efforts to prevent gross rights violations. Continue reading

Myanmar must tackle discrimination against ethnic and religious minorities

A mother and her child in Kyon Da, a village on the Irrawaddy Delta, Myanmar. Kyon Da underwent recovery and reconstruction work following the aftermath of May 2008's Cyclone Nargis. 04 July 2009 Kyon Da, MyanmarUN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Wednesday urged the government of Myanmar to devote urgent attention to tackling the continuing discrimination against ethnic and religious minorities in the country, warning that failure to act could undermine the reform process. “Myanmar today can act as a source of inspiration by Continue reading

Nearly 93,000 people killed in ‘vicious’ Syria conflict

A building severely damaged by an airstrike in Aleppo City, Syria. Photo: OCHA/Gemma ConnellWarning the real figure is likely to be much higher, the United Nations human rights chief today announced that the death toll in Syria is nearly 93,000, with more than 5,000 people killed a month as the situation in the country has “deteriorated drastically” over the past year. “The constant flow of killings continues at shockingly high levels Continue reading