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Statement from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon to celebrate Human Rights Day Thu 10 Dec 2015

GENEVA (10 December 2015) – Amid large-scale atrocities and widespread abuses across the world, Human Rights Day should rally more concerted global action to promote the timeless principles that we...

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For Human Rights Day on 10 December - Pledge to uphold freedoms, UN human rights experts urge States Wed 9 Dec 2015

GENEVA (8 December 2015) – UN experts have urged all States to ratify two key human rights treaties that celebrate their 50th anniversary in 2016, as a concrete commitment to the freedoms enshrined in...

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Human rights defenders: Our ‘Gandhis’, ‘Mandelas’, ‘Rosa Parks’ and ‘Malalas’ deserve support and protection Tue 8 Dec 2015

GENEVA (8 December 2015) – Ahead of the International Human Rights Defenders Day, UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders Michel Forst called for better support and protection...

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Political crackdown in Cambodia reaching a dangerous tipping point, UN rights expert warns Tue 24 Nov 2015

GENEVA (23 November 2015) –The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Cambodia, Rhona Smith,today expressed her deep concern about the breakdown in the political dialogue...

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Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on Cambodia Wed 18 Nov 2015

The Secretary-General is following with concern the increasing tensions between the ruling party and the opposition in Cambodia.  The arrest warrant issued against opposition leader Sam Rainsy on 13...

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Cycle of impunity must end, Ban declares on International Day, honouring journalists killed in the line of duty Tue 3 Nov 2015

GENEVA (2 November 2015) – Marking the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon honoured journalists and media workers who were...

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Press briefing notes on Cambodia Fri 23 Oct 2015

GENEVA (23 October 2015) – By extending the date of deportation of over 200 Montagnard asylum seekers back to Viet Nam, the Cambodian Government has given itself time to give each of them individual...

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United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad al Hussein, speaks on: "Challenges to Human Rights in 2015 and Beyond" Mon 19 Oct 2015

NEW YORK (19 October 2015) – In a lecture on prevention and early warning, entitled "Challenges to Human Rights in 2015 and Beyond", given at the Roosevelt House in the Public Policy...

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Media Statement: "Dignity must prevail" – An appeal to do away with non-consensual psychiatric treatment Thu 8 Oct 2015

GENEVA (8 October 2015) – GENEVA (8 October 2015) – The United Nations Special Rapporteurs on the rights of persons with disabilities, Catalina  Devandas-Aguilar, and on the right to health,...

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