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Yesterday, some 100 staff members from United Nations agencies working in the occupied Palestinian territory took part in the Palestine Marathon in Bethlehem.

Running a marathon in Bethlehem quickly shows how severely the freedom of movement of Palestinians living under Israel’s prolonged military occupation is restricted. Marathon runners often “hit the wall” under the physical and emotional strain of the 42-kilometre course. But in Palestine you literally hit the Wall well before that distance.

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+Angela Martin Let's also ask why the UN can't now bring in a rule telling the Jews it is now safe for them to return to Germany, Poland, and Europe where they originated from and the UN (formerly: The League of Nations) put them there after WW2, because they were becoming burdens to Europe and they wanted their problem to disappear. Sorry Angela that door swings both ways. Some want to have their cake and eat it too.
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Among the issues discussed when the UN Human Rights Committee reviewed Monaco were:
Discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, ethnicity, disability, physical appearance and religious belief;
Potential employment discrimination on basis of nationality;
Widespread use of close circuit cameras and the right to privacy;
Legal provisions on defamation and freedom of expression;
Racism at sporting events.

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Among the issues discussed when the UN Human Rights Committee reviewed Croatia were:
Investigations, prosecutions and convictions for perpetrators of war crimes and crimes against humanity; 
Pre-trial detention, the treatment of detainees and conditions of detention;
Discriminations and violence against LGBT people, including the attack on the Gay pride march in Split in 2011;
Situation of internally displaced persons and returnees;
Gender equality and violence against women; 
Threats and attacks on journalists, concentration of media ownership;
Situation of national minorities, especially Roma and Serb minorities.

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There are over a billion people around the world living in inadequate housing, said Leilani Farha, Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing. 

By inadequate, Farha means people who are homeless, or living without title to land, living with the threat of forced eviction or living without essential services such as water, electricity or sanitation. And key responsibilities for making this better, lay with local and subnational authorities, she said. 
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UN expert Baskut Tuncak will visit Kazakhstan from 26 March to 8 April 2015 to assess the country’s human rights record regarding the management of hazardous substances and wastes.

“The realisation of several human rights, including the right to life, the right to health, the right to information and participation, and the right to just and favourable working conditions, depend on the sound management of hazardous substances and waste,” Mr. Tuncak said announcing his first official mission to the country.
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Among the issues discussed when the UN Human Rights Committee reviewed Cyprus were:
Gender inequality, particularly wage inequality;
Investigations of torture and ill-treatment by police;
Deportation and detention conditions of migrants and asylum seekers;
Increased incidents of domestic violence among women, children, migrants and ethnic minorities;
Investigations into historic cases of missing Greek and Turkish Cypriots;
Cultural and linguistic discrimination against Turkish Cypriots, the Roma, and other ethnic minorities.

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Today UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, took part in an open debate at the Security Council on the protection of minorities in the Middle East. 

“An intricately interwoven social fabric in Syria and Iraq is giving way to the demented obliteration of any difference,” he said. “Must we wait until finally only the stones can weep before we stop the conflicts in Syria and Iraq?”

Zeid stressed that the work of civil society activists is the best antidote against the toxin of extremism.  

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Today at the press briefing

People with albinism: We welcome last week’s strong statement by the Malawi President, sharply condemning the attacks on people with albinism. A five-point plan of action has been also unveiled to provide protection to this vulnerable group. We urge the authorities to ensure that the Government’s action plan is fully implemented without delay.

In Tanzania, in early March, President Kikwete promised to put an end to the current wave of killings in that country. However it appears that most of the witchdoctors arrested over the past few weeks have now been released.

We once again call upon the Tanzanian authorities to take prompt and firm action to ensure accountability for the crimes committed against people with albinism and to protect this particularly vulnerable group.

We also welcome the establishment yesterday by the Human Rights Council of an Independent Expert on the enjoyment of human rights of persons with albinism. This important new mandate will help give a voice to people with albinism and contribute to their protection.

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A UN human rights report reveals a catalogue of violent attacks and threats against Libyan rights defenders, across Libya – and in some cases even after they are forced to leave the country.

Attacks include killings, abductions, torture and other ill-treatment, unlawful deprivation of liberty and death threats by phone and on social media since the escalation of fighting in May 2014. All these attacks have been documented in the joint report by the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) and the UN Human Rights Office. 
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UN Special Rapporteur Philip Alston warned that “poverty remains under the radar for many policy-makers in Chile, despite the country’s impressive array of anti-poverty programs.”

At the end of his official visit to Chile, where the expert on extreme poverty and human rights met with President Michelle Bachelet, Mr. Alston noted that “Chile is a model for the Latin American region in terms of its commitment to human rights, its high economic growth rates, and it sustained social policy innovations.” 

“However,” he stressed, “it continues to tolerate levels of poverty and inequality which are very high for a country belonging to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).”
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Gyselène lives in Democratic Republic of Congo. In a portrait, she proudly presents her 10 days old daughter, Patricia. She was relieved to find out that, unlike herself, her baby wasn't born with albinism. Gyselène did not want her daughter to experience the same discrimination she did growing up. 

Gyselène’s photograph is part of the exhibition “Blanc Ebène – White Ebony” at the UN in Geneva, Switzerland. It aims at raising awareness of the human rights of persons living with albinism through 30 images by photographer Patricia Willocq.

“These are positive images seldom seen in Africa and, indeed, in other parts of the world,” said Flavia Pansieri, UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights. “While we continue to receive shocking reports of killings and attacks against persons with albinism, these photos send a message of hope and encouragement for all those who work to improve their lives.” 

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#ICYMI: Find out what happened last week at the UN Human Rights Office by checking out our weekly review:
In this review: political impasse in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, former president of Maldives' trial, new report on Iraq, Happiness Day, Day for the elimination of racism, situation in Vanuatu, World Water Day, and more...
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