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Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights:  Ravina Shamdasani Location: Geneva Date: 18 December 2020 Subject:      Thailand (Note: A video of the following statement is available via the link below) We are deeply troubled by the move by Thai authorities to charge at least 35 protesters in recent weeks, including a 16-year old student […]

PRESS RELEASE: Migrants in Asia and the Pacific at higher risk of COVID-19 and its socio-economic fallout

Press Release No. G/62/2020 18 December 2020 Bangkok – The COVID-19 pandemic and its socio-economic fallout pose great risks to migrants in the Asia-Pacific, a new United Nations report reveals. They are more likely to be exposed to the virus, lack access to health care and other essential services, be stranded in countries without work […]

NEWS RELEASE: Myanmar – UN expert urges independent assessment of Bhasan Char and verification of voluntary relocation

“Myanmar has moral and legal responsibility to end Rohingya crisis” GENEVA (10 December 2020) – The failure to create conditions necessary for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh to return home to Myanmar, after more than three years, has created an untenable situation for both the Rohingya and the government of Bangladesh, a UN human rights expert […]

Human Rights Day 2020: Federio Fellini

The Embassy of Italy in Bangkok, together with UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, is honored to present the exhibition “FEDERICO FELLINI – GENIUS OF HUMANITY A TRIBUTE TO HUMAN RIGHTS” by the Fellini Foundation (Sion, Switzerland). Premiered at the Palais des Nations in Geneva on the occasion of the election of […]

MEDIA STATEMENT: Comment by UN Human Rights Office spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani on Papua and West Papua, Indonesia

BANGKOK/GENEVA (30 November 2020) – We are disturbed by escalating violence over the past weeks and months in the Indonesian provinces of Papua and West Papua and the increased risk of renewed tension and violence. In one incident on 22 November, a 17-year-old was shot dead and another 17-year-old injured in an alleged police shootout, […]

NEWS RELEASE: Cambodia: UN experts alarmed by civil society crackdown, attacks on defenders

GENEVA (16 November 2020) – UN human rights experts* today expressed concerns about tightening restrictions on civil society in Cambodia, and called for an immediate end to the systematic detention and criminalisation of human rights defenders, as well as excessive use of force against them. “I am alarmed by credible reports that at least 21 […]

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