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Navi Pillay

Does the UN See US "Institutionalized Discrimination" in the Wake of Ferguson?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 01.25.2015 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

The Ferguson grand jury decision not to criminally prosecute a police officer in the shooting of an unarmed young black man has reached the Geneva HQ of the UN Office of Human Rights Chief Prince Zeid, but the consequences will be felt globally and probably with indefinite impact.

Confronting ISIS: Is Rule of Law and Democracy Part of Coalition?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 11.21.2014 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Beating ISIS on the battleground could prove inconclusive, even counterproductive, if its dogma is not de-legitimized. This cannot be done by the gun but the law and a political system that offers an alternative to the rule of might.

Pro-Russian Rebels, Ukrainian Troops Accused Of Targeting Civilians

AP | By JOHN HEILPRIN | Posted 10.29.2014 | World

GENEVA (AP) — Around three dozen people a day are being killed in eastern Ukraine where both sides target civilians in violation of international la...

Death Toll From Syrian Civil War Soars

AP | JOHN HEILPRIN | Posted 10.22.2014 | World

GENEVA (AP) — The death toll from three years of Syria's civil war has risen to more than 191,000 people, the United Nations reported Friday. The f...

On Universal Human Rights: Navi Pillay, Prince Zeid, and Keeping a Strong Voice at the United Nations

Jack Healey | Posted 08.24.2014 | Impact
Jack Healey

We hope that Prince Zeid is prepared to be as inclusive and courageous as Navi Pillay in mandating the truly universal nature of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights for all of the planet.

On a Human Rights Attitude and Advocacy: The Gregory-Chappelle (or Angelou-Baldwin) Doctrine

Jack Healey | Posted 07.30.2014 | Impact
Jack Healey

Take Angelou's injunction seriously with regard to human rights and keep your anger to defend them and march it and vote it and let your representatives know that you intend to do so, wherever you may be.

UN's Top Human Rights Official Slams Egypt's Mass Death Sentence

Reuters | Posted 06.29.2014 | World

GENEVA, April 29 (Reuters) - The top United Nations human rights official on Tuesday condemned Egypt's sentencing of 683 people to death, saying tha...

Sri Lankan Government Faces Uphill Battle

Dinouk Colombage | Posted 05.06.2014 | Politics
Dinouk Colombage

Pressure on the Sri Lankan government continues to mount as they appear not to be pursuing any genuine plan of reconciliation.

First Ladies, First Principles, and Foundational Documents

Jack Healey | Posted 05.05.2014 | Impact
Jack Healey

In 1948, Eleanor Roosevelt took examples of the dregs of history and aimed for a better ever after. She shepherded the creation and ratification of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. As the legal foundation of the international human rights movement, the document clearly needs help.

Sri Lanka Must Tackle Resolution Head On

Dinouk Colombage | Posted 04.21.2014 | Politics
Dinouk Colombage

Time is clearly running out for the Sri Lankan government, the international community has shown that their patience is wearing thin.

Credible Sri Lankan War Crimes Investigation on the Horizon

Karunyan Arulanantham | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Karunyan Arulanantham

As the last four years have shown, repeated pronouncements by U.S. and numerous other officials recommending that Sri Lanka take proper action have done nothing to bring even the slightest measure of justice for the horrific crimes of 2009.

UN Official Makes Rare Case For Compensation For Haiti Cholera Victims

AP | TRENTON DANIEL | Posted 10.08.2013 | Impact

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — A United Nations official on Tuesday made a rare case for compensation for the thousands of Ha...

Foreign Ministers Talk LGBT Rights at the UN

Charles Radcliffe | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Charles Radcliffe

The fact that LGBT rights violations were, for the first time, the subject of a ministerial meeting was widely noticed by diplomats, the media and other observers. It's a sign of the increasing visibility of these issues, and of the political importance that many countries now attach to them.

Human Rights 20 Years After Vienna

Aaron Rhodes | Posted 10.08.2013 | Politics
Aaron Rhodes

At a conference in Vienna to commemorate the World Conference, UN officials and human rights leaders from civil society paid homage to the "paradigmatic shift" that it had brought about, mainly by establishing the indivisibility of human rights as an undisputed principle.

Grim New Death Toll In Syria

AP | BASSEM MROUE and JOHN HEILPRIN | Posted 08.12.2013 | World

BEIRUT — Syrians are being killed at an average rate of 5,000 per month, the U.N. said Thursday as it raised the overall death toll in the civil...

Guantanamo: An Open Moral Wound

Rev. Richard L. Killmer | Posted 06.12.2013 | Politics
Rev. Richard L. Killmer

The human tragedy at Guantanamo grows. Many of its 166 detainees have joined a spreading hunger strike.

Accountability for the Atrocities in Syria: A Call on the Opposition

Christian Wenaweser | Posted 06.12.2013 | World
Christian Wenaweser

When earlier reports indicated that the regime, true to form, was primarily responsible for these atrocities, the opposition forces have quickly made up ground in this contest of horrors.

UN: U.S. 'In Clear Breach' Of Human Rights Laws With Gitmo

AP | Posted 06.05.2013 | World

GENEVA -- The United Nations' top human rights official pressed the U.S. on Friday to close the Guantanamo Bay prison, strongly criticizing the indefi...

Iran Tops the List as an Enemy of Human Rights

Reporters Uncensored | Posted 05.15.2013 | World
Reporters Uncensored

By Tala Dowlatshahi The UN Human Rights Council (HRC) is meeting this month at its annual session to grade governments on their treatment of their ci...

Syria Death Toll Approaching 70,000

AP | By EDITH M. LEDERER | Posted 04.14.2013 | World

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Syria's intensifying civil war has probably killed over 9,000 people since the beginning of the year, bringing the likely deat...

Tech for Truth

Jim Fruchterman | Posted 03.11.2013 | World
Jim Fruchterman

As Dr. Patrick Ball, Benetech's Chief Scientist, explained to The Atlantic, "[t]his isn't an estimate... Let's be really clear here. This is a very conservative undercount." Our grief at these results is deepened by the high likelihood that the actual number of killings is probably higher than 60,000.

Time to Change Our Response to HIV

Navi Pillay | Posted 09.18.2012 | World
Navi Pillay

HIV is no longer the certain death sentence it once was. And yet, the stigma and discrimination faced by HIV-positive people remains high, in every region of the world.

Why a U.N. Official's Video Could Get Her Arrested

Boris Dittrich | Posted 07.16.2012 | World
Boris Dittrich

All over the world people of all ages are being discriminated against at home, at school, at work, or in other everyday situations because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Iran and the Futility of Denial Diplomacy at the UN Human Rights Council

Omid Memarian | Posted 05.30.2012 | World
Omid Memarian

Considering Javad Larijani's inability to build coalitions with other UN member states and in view of his aggressive conduct, expecting him and his team to effect changes in Iran's standing within the UN appears highly unlikely.

Syrian Regime 'Tortures Children'

Posted 03.28.2012 | World

On the heels of the United Nations increasing its civilian death toll estimate during the year-long conflict in Syria to more than 9,000, many of the ...