News Releases 2018

UN Human Rights Chief, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein - The Jakarta Conversation


ZeidBANGKOK (5 February 2018) - UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein started today his official visits to Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and Fiji, urging all governments to employ the Universal Declaration of Human Rights - in its totality - as a guide to law and policy.

“The way to ensure we peacefully co-exist is greater justice...”Read more...

UN Human Rights Chief to visit Indonesia (5-7 Feb), Papua New Guinea (8 Feb) and Fiji (9-12 Feb)


Zeid BANGKOK (2 February 2018) - UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on Monday begins official visits to Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and Fiji, at the invitation of the respective governments.

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Time to end leprosy stigma, says new UN human rights expert - World Leprosy Day, 28 January 2018


Philippines GENEVA (25 January 2018) - People affected by leprosy continue to suffer discrimination and lack of access to medical care, a newly appointed UN human rights expert specialising in the disease has warned, citing latest statistics that show over 200,000 new cases a year.

“No one with leprosy needs to be left with disabilities. The disease can be easily cured with multidrug therapy if it is detected and treated early enough...” Read more...

UN experts express serious alarm at effort to shut down independent media outlet in the Philippines


Philippines GENEVA (25 January 2018) - The Philippines Government must halt moves to shut down independent news website Rappler, a group of UN human rights experts have said.

“We are gravely concerned that the government is moving to revoke Rappler’s licence,” said the three Special Rapporteurs in a joint statement. Read more...

Who is the UN Special Rapporteur on Myanmar, Yanghee Lee?


TimorLestF BANGKOK (25 January 2018) - In December 2017, the Government of Myanmar informed Yanhee Lee that all access to the country has been denied and cooperation withdrawn for the duration of her mandate as the UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Myanmar.

"I have a responsibility to speak on behalf of these victims, and I will not be deterred..." Read more...

UN human rights expert to visit Nepal to assess situation of migrants working abroad


NepalF GENEVA/KATHMANDU (24 January 2018) - The UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, Felipe González Morales, will visit Nepal from 29 January to 5 February 2018 to assess the human rights situation of Nepali migrant workers, including related recruitment practices and returns and reintegration programmes.

"Many migrants experience abuse and exploitation, which often begins during the recruitment process..." Read more...

UN experts: Davos should address global risks rooted in human rights abuse


ECONOMIC FORUM GENEVA (23 January 2018) - As global leaders converge in Davos for the World Economic Forum, a group of United Nations experts called attention to the critical importance of human rights to the Forum’s objective of "Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World".

"The inclusion of human rights objectives into political and economic decisions are crucial if economic reforms are to tackle the root causes of populism, global unrest, climate change and inequality..." Read more...

UN Special Rapporteur on Myanmar to visit Bangladesh and Thailand - 18 to 30 January


Myanmar GENEVA (16 January 2018) - The UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Myanmar, Yanghee Lee, will visit the country’s neighbours Bangladesh and Thailand from January 18, vowing to fulfill her mandate despite the Government’s refusal to work with her.

"I am determined to carry on - to the best of my ability - this very important task of helping the victims of human rights violations and abuses in Myanmar, as mandated to me by the United Nations system..." Read more...