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All countries are confronted by the practice of arbitrary detention. UN experts have issued their opinions on 101 individuals in detention in 17 countries. The experts investigate allegations of arbitrary detention, and recommend remedies such as release from detention and compensation, when appropriate.

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That these investigations could be more efficiant and much faster, that would be great.
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How does the media cover homelessness in your country? Do you believe it does enough to spark discussions about homelessness & encourage civic engagement? In San Francisco - which has one of the highest rents of any major US city, and also a housing shortage, a 5-day media series will start on 29 June and will feature stories on the multiple causes of homelessness and potential solutions. With almost 70 local, national and intl news outlets involved, it is the first time a concentrated media effort to address homelessness has taken place in the region. UN ‪#‎humanrights‬ expert UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Adequate Housing commends this effort.

“The portrayal of homeless people in the media has a significant impact on public perception and empathy,” Ms. Farha said. “The San Francisco Chronicle and their partners have an opportunity to shift the conversation about homelessness from one of individual failure to government responsibility and systemic causes.”

In her latest report to the UN Human Rights Council, the Special Rapporteur noted that homelessness is a fact of life in all countries of the world, regardless of the level of development of their economic or governance systems, and it has been spreading with impunity. “Homelessness is one of the most egregious violations of the right to housing, requiring human rights responses,” she said. “It is unthinkable that so many States around the world – including affluent States – have taken decisions that have led to increasing homelessness.”

Ms. Farha urged all governments to recognize homelessness as a human rights crisis and commit to eradicating this global phenomenon by 2030, in line with the new UN Sustainable Development Goals. “This is in keeping with international human rights law, and the media have an important role to play in this – without public pressure, this global crisis will continue,” the expert stressed.

“I believe the San Francisco media push will encourage other media to report on homelessness in new ways, with a view to assessing accountability and offering solutions,” she concluded.
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We need to find support for our nomadic and seeking settlers around the world...possibly humility from everyone to resolve this 
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"Victims of torture come from many walks of life. They are in all countries. They may be human rights defenders, migrants, journalists, persons with disabilities, indigenous people or members of minority groups or people from the LGBT community.
Children, too, may be tortured – whether to obtain information, or to put pressure on their parents and communities. The work of the UN Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture indicates that today the number of children victim of torture is rising. In 2016, 5,279 child and adolescent victims of torture are estimated to be given assistance by organizations funded by the UN Fund, which represents a 35% increase compared to 2015.
In addition, a shockingly high number of child migrants and refugees suffer detention at borders, and may suffer very harsh physical and psychological abuse in detention by agents of the State.
29 years ago, the UN Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment became law. Today, it is ratified by 159 States. It prohibits unreservedly the intentional infliction of severe pain, physical or mental, to obtain information, to punish for perceived crimes, or to put pressure on the victim or other parties.
Torture is a severe violation of human rights that can never be justified – even during wartime, or when national security is under threat. Article 14 of the Convention further commits States to ensuring that all victims of torture under their jurisdiction obtain redress, and to the extent possible, rehabilitation.
When States fail to care adequately for these and other victims, the UN Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture steps in to help them obtain rehabilitation and redress. The Fund, which is operated by my Office and this year marks its 35th year of helping victims, has provided over US$ 180 million to more than 630 organizations worldwide.
In 2016 alone the Fund will finance 178 projects with US $7.1 million, helping more than 47,000 victims in over 81 countries regain their dignity.
Every victim matters. Helping the Fund provide specialized rehabilitation to these men, women and children is one very real way that each of us can make a difference. And it is a concrete manifestation of the commitment towards the elimination of torture." - Our High Commissioner's statement on the Intl Day in support of Torture Victims
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Photo: A protest by Guarani Kaiowa indigenous people asking for governmental compliance with indigenous rights, especially land demarcation. UN expert Victoria Tauli-Corpuz today strongly condemned recent attacks on the Guarani Kaiowá indigenous community in Brazil. The expert urged the federal and state authorities to take urgent action to prevent further killings and to investigate and hold the perpetrators accountable. In Portuguese:

On June 14, public health worker Clodiodi Achilles Rodrigues de Souza was shot dead and another six indigenous persons were wounded by gunfire, including a twelve year old child. The attack took place in the municipality of Caarapó, in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul, on ancestral land which has recently been claimed by the Guarani Kaiowá.

Paramilitaries acting on instructions of wealthy land owners (fazendeiros) allegedly carried out the attack as a reprisal against the indigenous community for seeking recognition of their land rights.
“This was a death foretold,” stressed Ms. Tauli-Corpuz, who visited Guarani Kaiowá indigenous communities in Mato Grosso do Sul in March 2016*, and raised alert about the high incidence of killings. “This state ranks the most deadly in Brazil, with the highest and rising number of indigenous peoples killed.”

“I deplore that despite my prior alerts, state and federal authorities have failed to take prompt measures to prevent violence against indigenous peoples,” she stated. “This failure is aggravated by the recurring high incidence of violence and the fears expressed by the community of being victims of further attacks.”

“I call on demarcation procedures to be expedited as a matter of priority in order to clarify indigenous land ownership and prevent further escalation of violence,” she said. “The pursuit of economic interests in a way that further subordinates the rights of indigenous peoples creates a potential risk of ethnocidal effects that cannot be overlooked nor underestimated.”

The Special Rapporteur will present a comprehensive report on her official visit to Brazil (7-17 March 2016) to the Brazilian Government and the UN Human Rights Council in September 2016.
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Photo: Migrant workers unload bricks from day to dusk for 3 euros per day. Migrant workers account for 150.3 million of the world’s approximately 232 million international migrants, and it is expected that the number of workers crossing borders in search of security and employment will continue to increase. Migrants are rarely viewed as people with rights, but instead as “factors of production” in trade and may be “commoditized” in terms of the services they can provide or the goods they can produce. In his new report, UN expert François Crépeau shows how global trade systems exacerbate the precariousness of low-wage migrant workers, directly and systematically infringing upon their human rights. Some interesting findings:
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They r not migrant workers , they r made to be slaves of their own government.

It's time the UN should do something about it.
Don't just talk act now.
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Photo: A Yazidi woman flees with her child. ISIS is committing genocide against the Yazidis, according to a new report issued by the UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria. The report has determined that ISIS’s abuse of Yazidis amounts to crimes against humanity and war crimes.

“Genocide has occurred and is ongoing”, emphasised Paulo Pinheiro, Chair of the Commission. “ISIS has subjected every Yazidi woman, child or man that it has captured to the most horrific of atrocities.”

The report focuses on violations committed against Yazidis inside Syria, where thousands of women and girls are still being held captive and abused, often as slaves. The Commission also examines how the terrorist group forcibly transferred Yazidis into Syria after launching its attacks on northern Iraq’s Sinjar region on 3 August 2014. Collected information documents evidence of intent and criminal liability of ISIS’s military commanders, fighters, religious and ideological leaders, wherever they are located.

The Commission’s findings are based on interviews with survivors, religious leaders, smugglers, activists, lawyers, medical personnel, and journalists, as well as extensive documentary material, which corroborate information gathered by the Commission.

ISIS sought – and continues to seek – to destroy the Yazidis in multiple ways, as envisaged by the 1948 Genocide Convention. “ISIS has sought to erase the Yazidis through killings; sexual slavery, enslavement, torture and inhuman and degrading treatment and forcible transfer causing serious bodily and mental harm; the infliction of conditions of life that bring about a slow death; the imposition of measures to prevent Yazidi children from being born, including forced conversion of adults, the separation of Yazidi men and women, and mental trauma; and the transfer of Yazidi children from their own families and placing them with ISIS fighters, thereby cutting them off from beliefs and practices of their own religious community”, the report says.

ISIS separated Yazidi men and boys over 12 from the rest of their families, and killed those who refused to convert, in order to destroy their identity as Yazidis. Women and children often witnessed these killings before being forcibly transferred to locations in Iraq, and thereafter to Syria, where the majority of captives remain.

Thousands of women and girls, some as young as nine, have been sold in slave markets, or souk sabaya, in the Syrian governorates of Raqqah, Aleppo, Homs, Hasakah and Dayr Az- Zawr. ISIS and its fighters hold them both in sexual slavery and in slavery, the report says, with Yazidi women and girls being constantly sold, gifted and willed between fighters. One woman, who estimated she had been sold 15 times, told the Commission, “It is hard to remember all those who bought me”.

“Survivors who escaped from ISIS captivity in Syria describe how they endured brutal rapes, often on a daily basis, and were punished if they tried to escape with severe beatings, and sometimes gang rapes,”, said Commissioner Vitit Muntarbhorn.

Treated as chattel, many Yazidi women and girls are forced to perform household tasks, and are denied adequate food and water by their fighter-owners. The Commission also heard accounts of how some Yazidi women and girls committed suicide to escape the cruel torment.

Young children bought and held with their mothers are beaten by their ISIS-owners, and subjected to the same poor living conditions as their mothers, the report states. They are often aware of the abuse that their mothers are suffering. Yazidi boys older than seven are forcibly removed from their mothers’ care and transferred into ISIS camps in Syria where they are indoctrinated and receive military training. One boy, taken for training in Syria, was told by his ISIS commander, “even if you see your father, if he is still Yazidi, you must kill him”.

“ISIS has made no secret of its intent to destroy the Yazidis of Sinjar, and that is one of the elements that allowed us to conclude their actions amount to genocide”, said Commissioner Carla Del Ponte.
The report noted that ISIS, which considers the Yazidis to be infidels, has publicly cited the Yazidis’ faith as the basis for the attack of 3 August 2014 and its subsequent abuse of them. ISIS has referred to the Yazidi as a “pagan minority [whose] existence […] Muslims should question”, adding that “their women could be enslaved […] as spoils of war”.

Mr. Pinheiro stressed that there must be no impunity for crimes of this nature, recalling States’ obligations under the Genocide Convention to prevent and to punish genocide. The Commission repeated its call for the Security Council to refer urgently the situation in Syria to the International Criminal Court, or to establish an ad hoc tribunal to prosecute the myriad of violations of international law committed during the non-international armed conflict.

The Commission further noted that, with no path to international criminal justice available, it is likely that the first such prosecution of ISIS crimes against the Yazidis will take place in a domestic jurisdiction. It is essential, the Commission stated, that States enact laws against genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.
The Commission urged international recognition of the genocide, and stated that more must be done to assure the protection of this religious minority in the Middle East, and the funding of care, including psycho-social and financial support, for victims of this genocide.
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Photo: Muhammed Ali, a great UN Messenger for Peace, who reminds us of the extraordinary impact that sports can have. Not enough has been done to push back the discrimination and intolerance which is still much too common in sports. Racist or homophobic abuse and attacks – sometimes not only violent but repeated attacks – are suffered by athletes, referees and spectators, from school clubs to the professional leagues. The sanction is too often a slap on the wrist. Hooliganism and disrespectful behaviour is still rampant in football, as we have sadly witnessed in recent weeks. Women athletes also face pervasive derogatory and sexist remarks and attitudes all over the world and in some countries, even today, girls and women are prevented from participating in sports at all.

Discrimination deprives athletes and enthusiasts of dignity, opportunities, choices and rights. It hurts the sport, by cutting off skills and talents – and it hurts spectators, and all society, by implying that prejudice and injustice are acceptable. It is vital that we eliminate racism, homophobia and discrimination against women from all areas of society – and because sports have such a powerful hold on the human imagination, the progress that we make on and off the pitch can have huge impact, much more broadly.

Many actors in international and regional federations, clubs and youth leagues are realising that they must take action. Our Office has engaged with the Russian sports authorities to ensure that appropriate policies and steps will be an integral part of the preparations for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. The role of football supporters to achieve this goal will be indispensable. We are coordinating these efforts with FIFA, and look forward to extending this work to other types of sporting events.

All governments must fulfil their obligations to put in place comprehensive legislation and policies that prevent, prohibit and combat all forms of discrimination, without exception. We also urge investigations and prosecution of incidents of harassment, violence and discrimination by fans, officials and clubs. We welcome the recent inclusion in the Olympic Charter of a prohibition on discrimination against athletes on the basis of sexual orientation. We need many more initiatives to combat homophobia in – and through – sports, around the world.
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No circumstances ever justify the use of ‪#‎torture‬ or other forms of cruel, degrading and inhuman treatment. June 26 is Intl Day for #Torture Victims. Let's mobilize help for them & strengthen action to prevent future cases
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Infographic: The UN #Torture Fund assists +50K victims each year. See how you can benefit, or donate to help victims
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My own family (David & Catherine Branch /Richmond VA) and Virgin Islands is using a criminal software via RFID chip (no warrant), technology, computers, to inflict SERIOUS harm internally...with unconverted facts from Facebook and stolen accounts, interfaced phones, stolen hard drives, and legally unactionable events, false blame, omitted facts, commit slow murder. Money has been cut off from my father's trust. Radio frequency and Range Radar and PSYCHOTRONICS for 2 years....torture in the USA illegally done by attorneys misusing the law. NSA and NSF need to STOP TORTURE!😭
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Despite the absolute prohibition of torture under intl law, surveys show a shocking number of people favor its use. How do you explain this? We express our solidarity with & support for the hundreds of thousands of victims of torture & their family members throughout the world, on June 26 - the Intl Day in Support of Torture Victims.

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Photo: Workers searching for victims after a retaining wall for an industrial waste dump collapsed in ‪#‎Brazil‬ last November. Brazil must move forward on business & human rights, and avoid the risk of sliding backwards. (Em portugues: )

“Brazil has a solid legal system and institutions to protect against business-related human rights abuse, and we urge the country to build on advances and better protect human rights in practice,” said human rights expert Dante Pesce, who currently heads the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights. The expert group presented its report to the UN Human Rights Council today.

“The participation of Brazil’s vibrant civil society and courageous human rights defenders is also essential,” he stressed. “As such, we are extremely concerned about the huge risks facing some activists who raise their voices against business-related human rights abuse, and saddened by the high number of deaths of human rights defenders.”

During its visit, the Working Group heard testimonies from communities who had been adversely affected by business operations, including the Belo Monte hydropower plant, construction projects related to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, and the Fundão tailings dam rupture in Mariana, Minas Gerais.

The Working Group learned about efforts to address and mitigate human rights impacts of business operations, such as the promotion of responsible human rights conduct by State-owned enterprises
At the same time, it also noted initiatives going in the opposite direction, such as the recent suspension of the ‘dirty list’ which effectively named and shamed companies caught using slave labour in their supply chains, and legislative initiatives that would weaken the legal definition of slave labour, lessen social and environmental safeguards in infrastructure licensing processes, and negatively affect the demarcation of indigenous land.

The expert group called for action to address concerns about undue corporate influence on regulatory and policymaking processes, including in relation to improper corporate lobbying and political financing. “This deserves careful attention not only because of corruption but because it can easily undermine human rights protections by, for example, weakening laws and policies and limiting accountability for abuses by business,” said Mr. Pesce. “Brazil has the tools to deal with these issues”, he continued, recalling the Brazilian Supreme Court’s recent ruling banning companies from making donations to future electoral campaigns.

Welcoming the commitment expressed by the Government of Brazil to implement the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, the Working Group encourages Brazil to develop a national action plan on business and human rights.

“The process of developing such a plan should help identify areas of particular risk, decide which laws, regulations, policies and areas of oversight should be prioritized and strengthened, and determine ways to improve the access to remedy for victims of adverse business-related human rights impacts”, Mr. Pesce concluded.
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“If you can clearly and consistently name & define a crime, then it contributes to preventing & fighting that crime. This has proven very important in tackling child sexual exploitation and abuse. The lack of commonly agreed language until now has contributed to the shortcomings of global efforts to protect children,” said Benyam Dawit Mezmur, from UN Committee on the Rights of the Child. It's why new guidelines were released, with the aim of shaping a common understanding - and more consistent advocacy, policies & laws globally - on this issue. They will contribute not only to protecting children, but also in ending the impunity for these heinous crimes.
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