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UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein addresses the opening of the Human Rights Council in Geneva with a call for "profound and inspiring" leadership at a time when human rights are being disregarded and violated "with alarming regularity".

“The most powerful instrument in the arsenal we have against poverty and conflict is the weapon of massive instruction. Respect for the human rights of all, justice, education, equality – these are the strongly interlocking elements that will build fair, confident and resilient societies; true development; and a permanent peace.” 

“The only real measure of a Government’s worth is not its place in the solemn ballet of grand diplomacy. It is the extent to which it is sensitive to the needs – and protects the rights – of its nationals and other people who fall under its jurisdiction, or over whom it has physical control.”

“Can we be so stupid as to repeat scenes from the twentieth century, punctured as it was by such awful inhumanity?” http://sm.ohchr.org/1wCRevI
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Climate change challenges;  barriers to access to justice for women;  participation of women in public and political life; progress in education of girls, but concern about return to school of girls following pregnancy, stigma;  and exclusion of women from development planning were among the issues raised when the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women reviewed Maldives' report: sm.ohchr.org/1DtGv3t
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Please i need tour help. One man by ghana wath lives here...they maked very bad things by long time...i am alone ill AMD without posibility.
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Disturbing phenomenon of bride kidnapping and high rate of domestic violence; measures to uphold rights of women living in rural areas; highly segregated labour market; maternal and infant healthcare; negative gender stereotypes, trafficking in persons; women in decision-making positions in politics, academia and public life in general were among the issues discussed when the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women reviewed Kyrgyzstan’s report: sm.ohchr.org/1LQ1fsE
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Absence of comprehensive anti-discrimination law; lack of access to legal aid for vulnerable and disadvantaged people; disproportionate control over associations and NGOs; steps to tackle corruption; situation of people with disabilities; extensive housing crisis; violence against women were among the issues discussed when the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights considered Tajikistan’s report: sm.ohchr.org/1DpgTay 
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UN Human Rights Chief Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein warned that Myanmar "seems headed in the wrong direction and needs urgently to get back on track [...] recent developments relating to human rights of minorities, the freedom of expression and the right to peaceful protest are calling into question the direction of that reform, and even threatening to set it back."

“Myanmar had promised to end the era of political prisoners, but now seems intent on creating a new generation by jailing people who seek to enjoy the democratic freedoms they have been promised.”

In a crucial year for the country's democratic transition and long-term reconciliation, the High Commissioner stressed that politicians must not "fan the flames of prejudice for electoral gain,"

The High Commissioner sounded a warning bell on the situation of the Rohingya population who live under severe discriminatory restrictions. He also expressed alarm at the escalation of violence in the Kokang self-administered zone in northeastern Shan State. sm.ohchr.org/1JLyBuZ 
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Weakening of the national human rights institution;  progress in enjoyment of rights of indigenous peoples; demarcation of ancestral land; right to water, education, health; poverty reduction; agrarian reform, forced labour and debt servitude; situation of  domestic workers were among the issues raised when the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights considered Paraguay's report: sm.ohchr.org/1ErDuEU
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These people lived with disease and hunger until white people fed and clothed them. Now they are on welfare of sorts. This work helps ease the guilty conscience of liberals.
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Climate change, its impact on Tuvalu, in particular on women; participation of women in decision-making; economic empowerment of women;  large number of discriminatory provisions in laws, long delay in revision of national legislation; elimination of all forms of violence against women were among the issues raised when the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) considered Tuvalu's report: sm.ohchr.org/1wf9dYS 
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Tuvalu . . . the narrator's original destination in Herman Melville's very fine 1849 novel Mardi, and A Voyage Thither . . . though, sorry to say, there are not many women in the book, breathlessly depicted as the few who are
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UN HighCommissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein urges all sides involved in the fighting in Ukraine to “halt indiscriminate shelling and other hostilities” as the UN Human Rights office reveals that the number of people killed in Eastern Ukraine has now passed the 6,000 mark since April 2014. 
 
Thelatest monitoring report, released on Monday, paints a picture of “merciless devastation of civilian lives and infrastructure” Zeid said. The security and human rights situation in the east “dramatically deteriorated” in January and early February 2015, the report states.

“All aspects of people’s lives are being negatively affected, and the situation is increasingly untenable for the local inhabitants, especially in areas controlled by the armed groups. Many have been trapped in conflict zones, forced to shelter in basements, with hardly any drinking water, food, heating, electricity or basic medical supplies,” Zeid said. http://sm.ohchr.org/1AuB0PL
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Порошенко ведь пообещал, что все мирные жители будут сидеть по подвалам вместо с детьми, и он своё единственное обещания исполнил. Его надо судить как водного преступника!
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Unlimited national service for all resulting in mass migration of young people seeking asylum; sexual abuse of women in the military and in places of detention; reduction in maternal mortality rate; malnutrition; female genital mutilation; early marriage; women’s access to land and political participation; and low number of girls in school were among the issues raised when the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women reviewed Eritrea: sm.ohchr.org/1AQGFU6
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Six months have passed since a ceasefire on 26 August 2014 ended over seven weeks of fighting between Israeli forces and Palestinian armed groups in the Gaza Strip, but there has been limited progress in rebuilding lives and infrastructure. In a joint statement, 30 international agencies are calling for urgent action.

All parties must respect international law and those responsible for violations must be brought to justice. Accountability and adherence to international humanitarian law and international human rights law are essential pre-requisites for any lasting peace. sm.ohchr.org/1wi3coy 
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+Arduni Mastura I know the 506 children aren't the only children murdered, starved,displaced and discounted (look at Syria, look at the Ukraine, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nigeria, the Balkins and on and on) but I hate it that in Israel Gaza'a 506 children are so easily forgotten by all it seems except their own mothers some of whom are dead too., . 
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Women's political participation, particularly at municipal level; women in science and higher education; women members of company boards; protection for asylum seekers and victims of trafficking; reproductive health; gender pay gap; gender equality in Greenland and the Faroe Islands were among the issues discussed when the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women considered Denmark's report: sm.ohchr.org/1DSpt4f 
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A new UN report documents widespread human rights violations of an increasingly sectarian nature in Iraq, as well as deterioration of the rule of law in large parts of the country. 
Human rights violations committed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) between September and December 2014 include killings of civilians, abductions, rapes, slavery and trafficking of women and children, forced recruitment of children, destruction of places of religious or cultural significance, looting and the denial of fundamental freedoms, among others.
“Many of the violations and abuses perpetrated by ISIL may amount to war crimes, crimes against humanity and possibly genocide,” the report notes. 
It also details violations of international humanitarian and international human rights law reportedly committed by the Iraqi Security Forces and affiliated armed groups.
Read the full report here: sm.ohchr.org/1wfQEnn
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+Mala jasmine I'm so sorry that you are not safe and incredibly impressed that you are not afraid! Stay strong! You are one tough young woman and I'm sad that your home is not safe for you. Be well and stand strong. I know you will :))))
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