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A number of governments around the world are responding to violence by themselves violating international human rights standards, the United Nations Human Rights Commissioner Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said today at a press conference in Geneva, part of a worrying trend of growing disregard for international law. Watch how he succinctly explains his Office's role - and how governments and other actors should react when being cited. #standup4humanrights

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Despite some progress, there continues to be a gap between the formal recognition of indigenous peoples and the implementation of policies on the ground. As a result, indigenous peoples continue to face exclusion, marginalization and major challenges in enjoying their basic rights. The 16th Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, which starts today in New York, will try to bridge that gap. Watch opening: webtv.un.org Details: bit.ly/UNPFII16 #WeAreIndigenous #UNPFII16

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At least 27 children killed in the attack in Idlib, Syria. The killing of children cannot be allowed to continue. #ChildrenUnderAttack

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"Last week I was in the British parliament on the day Article 50 was signed, which formalized the divorce proceedings that are Brexit. The United States, under the Trump administration, is studying its own withdrawal from the Human Rights Council, possibly even from core human rights instruments such as the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. There is also the question of the US pulling its funding from international institutions. Last summer, it was reported a number of Arab countries had threatened to withdraw from the UN altogether – an unprecedented threat – if listed in the annex of the Secretary General's report to the Security Council on grave violations against children in armed conflict. Multiple European actors still threaten withdrawal from the European Convention on Human Rights. Other European States, including Hungary, Poland, and now Turkey, contest various findings of the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe. Moreover, several African States continue to call for amendments to, if not withdrawal from, the Rome Statute. These centrifugal forces acting on the multilateral system are individual and complex, but taken together they appear to stem from amnesia. We seem to have forgotten, very simply, why the system came to exist in the first place. We have forgotten where the classroom is, the classroom of world history; we have forgotten even its most basic lessons." - See UN Human Rights Chief #Zeid's full speech: ow.ly/I6Wm30aB9SZ The principal international and European institutions, built in the second half of the last century, were not constructed by visionaries acting on ideals alone. They were put together because upward of 100 million humans died, hideously, in two global catastrophes. The international financial institutions; the United Nations; the European Union – in the continent where the two wars began; the International Criminal Court – all these institutions emerged from immense global violence. In humanity's subsequent and desperate search for self-preservation, these institutions were pitted as the principal defence against resurgent human stupidity and arrogance – the combination of which had already killed so many. The same is true of the international human rights architecture, anchored by the two Covenants and eight core treaties, including the Convention against Torture. Undermine them at your peril – the peril of all. Sadly, we are threatening just that." - UN Human Rights Chief #Zeid.

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March 21 is the Intl Day to #FightRacism. Stand up against discrimination, racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia, hate speech and hate crimes - every time & everywhere it happens. People of African descent continue to be victims of racist hate crimes and racism in all areas of life. Anti-Semitism continues to rear its ugly head from the US to Europe to the Middle East and beyond. Muslim women wearing headscarves face increasing verbal, and even physical, abuse in a number of countries. In Latin America, indigenous peoples continue to endure stigmatization, including in the media. The dangers of demonising particular groups are evident across the world. Xenophobic riots and violence targeting immigrants have recently flared again in South Africa. In South Sudan, polarised ethnic identities – stoked by hate speech – have brought the country to the brink of all-out ethnic war. In Myanmar, the Rohingya Muslim community, long denigrated as “illegal immigrants,” have suffered appalling violations. See our full statement: ow.ly/3tLw30a5Yqu

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"The private sector can play an important role to advance the human rights agenda. The landmark 2011 UN Guiding Principles on Business & Human Rights are designed to improve standards and practices for business. Initiatives like the Corporate Human Rights Benchmark (CHRB) - just released - provide a useful framework for business and stakeholders - including investors - to address specific human rights challenges so that people's lives ultimately see real benefits." - United Nations Human Rights Chief Zeid ow.ly/Zw6R309QnzF

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