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Zeid's message on International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia


UNAs High Commissioner, I’m proud to stand up for the human rights of everyone, including all lesbian, gay, bi, trans and intersex people. Many LGBTI people face violence and discrimination every day – they look to the United Nations and to our Office to uphold their fundamental rights.

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Thailand: UN experts condemn use of defamation laws to silence human rights defender Andy Hall


UNGENEVA (17 May 2018) – A group of UN human rights experts* has criticised the use of defamation legislation in Thailand to silence human rights defender Andy Hall and others who report business-related human rights abuses.

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The UN Human Rights Office calls on Thailand to end restrictions on activists raising critical human rights issues


UNGENEVA (2 May 2018) - The UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression, David Kaye, and rights experts from around the world have joined forces to highlight growing threats to media independence and diversity worldwide, particularly those affecting digital outlets.

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The UN Human Rights Office calls on Thailand to end restrictions on activists raising critical human rights issues


UNBANGKOK (02 May 2018) - The UN Human Rights Office for South-East Asia is concerned by the restrictions imposed on civil society groups on Labor Day in relation the rights freedom of expression and freedom of assembly.

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Cambodia: UN expert urges Government embrace final opportunity for “genuine” election


UNGENEVA (30 April 2018) - To ensure a genuine multi-party democracy in Cambodia which respects its citizens’ participation rights, the Government must immediately release detained opposition leaders and lift a ban on the opposition taking part in the July 29 general election, a UN expert says.

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Indonesia: Production increase must fulfil right to food for all, says UN expert


UNGENEVA (19 April 2018) - Indonesia's successful policies to increase rice production should be linked to fulfilling its obligation to the right to food for all, Hilal Elver, the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food, has said.

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Indonesia: UN expert launches mission to assess the enjoyment of the right to food


UNGENEVA (4 April 2018) - The UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Hilal Elver, will visit Indonesia from 9 to 18 April 2018 to gather first-hand information on the country's food and agriculture policies that affects peoples' livelihoods.

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UN experts urge Thailand to show leadership on business and human rights


UN BANGKOK (4 April 2018) - A team of UN experts today presented their preliminary observations on steps that should be taken by the Royal Thai Government and businesses to improve corporate respect for human rights and to strengthen access to effective remedies.

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Human Rights Council supports UN Special Rapporteur on Myanmar


UN By a vote of 32 in favour, five against and ten abstentions, the Human Rights Council extended the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar for a further period of one year.

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One more year to investigate and report on human rights in DPRK


UN UN Special Rapporteur Tomas Ojea Quintana has one more year to investigate and report on the situation of human rights in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, after the Human Rights Council adopted a resolution, without a vote, to extended his mandate.

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UN Human Rights Council extends mandates on DPRK, Myanmar and Iran


UN GENEVA (23 March 2018) - The Human Rights Council extended for one year the mandates of the Special Rapporteurs on the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Iran Myanmar, as well as other mandates at the end of its March's session in Geneva.

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Thailand: First official visit by UN expert group on business and human rights


UN GENEVA (22 March 2017) - The United Nations Working Group on business and human rights will undertake its first official visit to Thailand from 26 March to 4 April to examine efforts to prevent, mitigate and remedy adverse human rights impacts of business operations.

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"Unashamed bigotry": Rise in racism and xenophobia is alarming, say UN rights experts


UN GENEVA (20 March 2018) - UN and regional human rights experts* have urged States, civil society organisations and activists to step up their efforts to stem the alarming rise in racism and xenophobia worldwide, citing concerns about the impact of populist nationalism on mainstream politics.

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