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Denmark did not treat an Iraqi refugee with a mental disability equally before the law, when it refused, without giving a reason, to exempt him from the language requirement for citizenship, UN experts find. http://sm.ohchr.org/1HOojZw

The refugee, referred to as Q, brought his case to the Human Rights Committee arguing that the failure to grant him the exception was discriminatory.

In their findings, the Committee members noted that Denmark had failed to show that its refusal to exempt Q from the language requirement was “based on reasonable and objective grounds." They concluded that Q’s right to equality before the law and equal protection of the law had been violated. Denmark is now obliged to compensate Q and reconsider his request for exemption of the language skills requirement.
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The detention of the six so-called “Zone Nine” bloggers and three other journalists in Ethiopia over the past year has been “absolutely unacceptable”, UN experts on freedom of opinion and expression, David Kaye, and on freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, Maina Kiai, said. http://sm.ohchr.org/1PEZyzZ

The bloggers, who used an online platform to report on social and political issues in Ethiopia, were arrested on April 25 and 26 last year and have remained in detention ever since. Charged for “working with foreign human rights organizations and inciting violence through social media to create instability in the country,” their trial has been adjourned several times.

“Muzzling the media and limiting public debate is never a good response to the threats of violence and terrorism,” Kaye said.
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This is an interesting case. Charged for working with a foreign human rights organization? What is wrong with that ( if there is no subversion involved?).

I can't believe this is a crime somewhere on earth. The Ethiopian government works WITH many UN agencies such as UNICEF which is not a local human rights organization. It is an international organizations, thus it has foreign actors within it. Why don't they charge themselves for the same apprehension? 
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“Is enough being done to fight against torture and impunity?” Suzanne Jabbour, director of Restart Centre for Rehabilitation of Victims of Violence and Torture in Lebanon, asked during the meeting of the UN Fund for Victims of Torture. http://sm.ohchr.org/1bo8UB0

The answer, she said, is no. “If you feel embarrassed about the answer, and you still doubt how fundamental this should be, please, allow today to be the day, of renewed commitment,” Jabbour said to practitioners and experts of victim rehabilitation, gathered to exchange ideas.

The consequences of inaction in dealing with torture is the creation of a generation of young people who believe that pain and suffering are normal, said Peter Kiama, executive director of the Independent Medico Legal Unit based in Kenya.

Watch highlights of the event: http://sm.ohchr.org/1Hwbwe7
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+Sriana Azis Please do not spread nonsense online. You are discouraging victims from seeking help and encouraging the spread of disease.
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“Increasing repression of survival migration has not worked in the past and will not work now,” two UN experts said, reacting to the decision made at the EU emergency summit on migrants. http://sm.ohchr.org/1DrBqJA

“The decision to strengthen the capacity of transit countries to stop irregular migration on their territory, without offering long-term solutions and without adequate human rights guarantees, will only compound the abuse of migrants,” added UN experts on migrants, Francois Crépeau, and on trafficking in persons, Maria Grazia Giammarinaro stated.

“The question remains: what happens once those lives are rightfully saved?” the two experts asked. “The EU needs to move beyond emergency mode and to pilot projects towards more comprehensive and innovative regulated mobility avenues,” they added.
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How about encouraging human rights in the migrant's source countries, UN? You do know that these people leave their no-rights countries to come to countries with better rights? Thus isn't the problem low rights which UN seems to ignore in favour of emptying countries with low rights of their populations?
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The UN torture prevention body has welcomed the unhindered access it had to places of detention in Azerbaijan during its visit, which was a resumption of one suspended last September amid a lack of official co-operation. The four experts are calling all on the Azerbaijani authorities to do more to protect the rights of people deprived of their liberty. http://sm.ohchr.org/1bAoGte

This time, experts from the Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture had the opportunity to visit police stations, pre-trial and temporary detention centres, investigative isolation units of the Ministry of National Security, prisons, psychiatric hospitals and social care institutions.

Following their visit, the UN experts will submit a confidential report to the Government of Azerbaijan. “We hope, and expect, that the Government of Azerbaijan will use our report to enhance prevention of torture and other ill-treatment,” Aisha Shujune Muhammad, head of the delegation, said, encouraging Azerbaijan to make this report public.
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In the wake of a recent article in the Sun newspaper calling migrants “cockroaches,” High Commissioner Zeid urges the U.K. authorities, media and regulatory bodies to take steps to curb incitement to hatred by British tabloid newspapers.  http://sm.ohchr.org/1Kcv9pK

The article by a Sun columnist on 17 April began with the words “Show me pictures of coffins, show me bodies floating in water, play violins and show me skinny people looking sad. I still don't care.” She also advocated using gunboats to stop migrants, threatening them with violence, and said:  “Drilling a few holes in the bottom of anything suspiciously resembling a boat would be a good idea too.”

The article described migrants as “a plague of feral humans,” compared them to “a novovirus” and said some British towns were “festering sores, plagued by swarms of migrants and asylum seekers shelling out benefits like Monopoly money.”

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein called on all European countries to take a firmer line on racism and xenophobia which he said “under the guise of freedom of expression, are being allowed to feed a vicious cycle of vilification, intolerance and politicization of migrants."
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‪#‎ICYMI‬: Find out what happened last week at the UN Human Rights Office by checking out our weekly review: http://sm.ohchr.org/1EI1Xbq
In this review: the migrants crisis in the Mediterranean sea; UN Human Rights chief Zeid hailing transition in Tunisia; civilian casualties mounting in Yemen; Zeid’s reaction to incitement to hatred by British tabloids; access to education for persons with disabilities; and more…
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A solution is required, otherwise we may all find we are in the same boat!
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Among the issues discussed when the Committee against Torture reviewed Romania were:
Signs of torture and other forms of inhumane or degrading punishment in places of detention;
Adults in psychiatric institutions;
Detention of irregular migrants;
Punishment of crimes committed during the communist regime;
Violence among inmates.

To read the full summary:  http://sm.ohchr.org/1FqtFZh 
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“In different countries, like my country, access to education is very hard for persons with disabilities especially for women with disabilities,” Dwi Ariyani, working for the Disability Rights Fund in Indonesia explained.

Dwi participated in a daylong event organised by the UN Committee on the rights of people with disabilities to discuss the right to inclusive education and how it can be made a reality on the ground.

Listen to Dwi and five other meeting participants sharing their experiences and thoughts about right to education. https://soundcloud.com/ohchr
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Aida Quilcué speaks about her work to defend the rights of indigenous people in Colombia, especially indigenous women and lands rights, as well as to combat poverty in these communities. http://sm.ohchr.org/1z0PvBy

Join the campaign to support women’s human rights defenders. Send us a selfie with your mirror reflection using ‪#‎reflect2protect‬ on Twitter.

Find out more: http://sm.ohchr.org/1zeB88N
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Today at the press briefing

Yemen: The total number of civilians killed between 26 March and 22 April is now estimated to be 551, including 115 children. Another 1,185 civilians have been injured. These are just the civilian casualties, the total number of people killed is considerably higher.

We have recorded a number of airstrikes that have hit military and civilian positions, resulting in the killing of 58 civilians. One of these incidents took place in Ibb Governorate on the morning of April 22, after the official end of the coalition’s Operation Decisive Storm. 40 civilians were killed and 70 injured, after airstrikes hit a bridge twice. Civilians gathering to help those injured by the first airstrike were reportedly hit by the second.

On 21 April, at least 20 civilians were killed and 120 injured, including women and children, as a result of an airstrike on a building in Sana’a City, which also resulted in the partial damage of a number of UN offices, including the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Yemen.

Libya: Earlier in the week, a group affiliated with the so-called Islamic State in Libya released a video showing the execution of at least 28 Christians in two separate incidents in Libya. We condemn the brutal killings of these individuals who we understand are mostly Ethiopian nationals and who appear to have been targeted on the basis of their religion.

We urge all parties in Libya involved in the ongoing dialogue talks facilitated by the United Nations to redouble their efforts to reach an agreement as soon as possible, so as to begin the process of rebuilding institutions that would ensure the rule of law and the protection of human rights for all those residing in Libya.

Guatemala: We welcome the decision by the President of Guatemala, Otto Pérez Molina, to extend the mandate of the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG). This is a clear message of the State’s commitment to investigate, prosecute and dismantle criminal organizations and to strengthen the rule of law.

Read more: http://sm.ohchr.org/1Qresvh
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“I am concerned about the secrecy surrounding negotiations for trade treaties, which have excluded key stakeholder groups from the process,” the UN expert on democratic international order Alfred de Zayas said. http://sm.ohchr.org/1aXWMWT

Labour unions, environmental protection groups, food safety movements and health professionals should be included to these discussions, the UN expert added.

“There is a general lack of awareness concerning the adverse effects that existing bilateral and multilateral free trade and investment agreements already have on the enjoyment of human rights,” Alfred de Zayas stated.
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