GENEVA (08 December 2016) – "Unprecedented pressure on international human rights standards risks unravelling the unique set of protections set in place after the end of World War II," according to UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein.
Speaking in the run-up to Human Rights Day on 10 December, Zeid also stressed it was within the power of every individual to play a role in pushing back against such pressures, and that many are already doing so.
"2016 has been a disastrous year for human rights across the globe, and if the growing erosion of the carefully constructed system of human rights and rule of law continues to gather momentum, ultimately everyone will suffer," Zeid said.
Read the High Commissioner's full remarks in English. Watch his video message in English. Read the Khmer transcript of the video.