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Asia-Pacific: Bachelet alarmed by clampdown on freedom of expression during COVID-19 Wed 3 Jun 2020

GENEVA (3 June 2020) – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet expressed alarm at the clampdown on freedom of expression in parts of the Asia-Pacific region during the COVID-19 crisis,...

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Exceptional measures should not be cover for human rights abuses and violations - Bachelet Mon 27 Apr 2020

GENEVA (27 April 2020) – As Governments face the formidable challenge of protecting people from COVID-19, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet has called on them to ensure human...

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COVID-19 and human rights Thu 23 Apr 2020

Human rights put people centre-stage and are key in shaping the pandemic response, both for the public health emergency and the broader impact on people’s lives and livelihoods.

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UN experts sent a communication expressing concerns over Cambodia’s draft law on the management of the nation during state of emergency Tue 14 Apr 2020

GENEVA (9 April 2020) - UN experts sent a communication expressing concerns over Cambodia’s draft law on the management of the nation during state of emergency. According to the independent experts, if...

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COVID is “a colossal test of leadership” requiring coordinated action, High Commissioner tells Human Rights Council Fri 10 Apr 2020

GENEVA (9 April 2020) - Statement by Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, in an informal briefing to the Human Rights Council on COVID-19.
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António Guterres on Gender Base Violence and Covid 19 Wed 8 Apr 2020

GENEVA (5 April 2020) - UN Secretary-General António Guterres issues an urgent appeal for peace in homes around the world, asking governments to put women’s safety first as they respond to the...

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The Secretary-General Remarks to the UN Human Rights Council: “The Highest Aspiration: A Call to Action for Human Rights” Tue 25 Feb 2020

GENEVA (24 February 2019) - The UN Secretary-General António Guterres launched a call for action for human rights at the United Nations Human Rights Council, stressing that human rights are our...

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Threats to human rights are rising – but so are solutions, High Commissioner says Tue 25 Feb 2020

GENEVA (24 February 2019) - UN Human Rights Chief Michelle Bachelet delivered her speech to the 43th session of the Human Rights Council highlighting that threats to human rights, development and peace are...

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UN experts say Kem Sokha trial is “tainted” Fri 17 Jan 2020

GENEVA (17 January 2020) – UN human rights experts expressed concerns about the treason trial that opened this week against Cambodia opposition leader Kem Sokha, saying the entire process from the...

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Statement by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Human Rights Day 2019 Tue 10 Dec 2019

GENEVA (9 December 2019) – This has been a year of tremendous activism – notably by young people. It is particularly fitting that this year we mark Human Rights Day during the crucial UN...

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