• Due to a budget deficit in the UN, the sessions of six human rights committees may be canceled.

    The budget deficit, due to the fact that states are delaying the payment of contributions, seriously undermines the work of the treaty bodies - 10 committees that monitor the implementation of major conventions and covenants in the field of human rights. As a result, the scheduled sessions of many committees are postponed, which is a flagrant violation of international law and can lead to the collapse of the entire human rights system.
  • The Security Council adopted a historic resolution on sexual violence during conflicts.

    The Security Council adopted a resolution that states that it is necessary to complete an investigation without a sexual offense, strengthen the investigation mechanism and provide comprehensive assistance to women and girls who have been victims of sexual violence. 13 Security Council members voted in favor, China and Russia abstained.

  • Protect women’s rights ‘before, during and after conflict’ UN chief tells high-level Security Council debate

    Over the course of the past decade, there has been “a paradigm shift” in understanding the devastating impact of sexual violence in conflict on international peace and security, UN Secretary-General António Guterres told the Security Council during a high-level debate on Tuesday.

  • UN expert: "It is necessary to stop racist rhetoric against Roma"

    States must live up to their human rights commitments and take comprehensive anti-racist measures to respond to the rise of intolerance, hate speech and attacks against Roma and other minorities, says a UN expert. The appeal on International Roma Day is being made by the UN Special Rapporteur on minorities, Fernand de Varennes, who says immediate action is needed to combat inflammatory racist rhetoric:

  • ‘Counter and reject’ leaders who seek to ‘exploit differences’ between us, urges Guterres at historic mosque in Cairo

    Speaking in Cairo’s historic al-Azhar mosque on Tuesday, UN chief António Guterres issued a call for societies, faiths and cultures everywhere to “focus on what unites us”, urging everyone to work together towards realizing the 2030 Agenda “for the collective benefit of all”.

  • Victims mount as extreme nationalism fuels racism

    When England and Montenegro played each other in a European football tournament qualification match in Podgorica, Montenegro, on March 25, there were numerous reports of racist chanting by some fans directed at Black players on the pitch.

  • UN-human rights activists call for the establishment of an International day to combat statelessness

    10 million people in the world do not have citizenship. More than 75 per cent of them are representatives of minorities. This is recalled by the experts of the UN- Forum on minority issues, who submitted a report to the Human rights Council. They call for the establishment of an International day to combat statelessness.

  • Without tackling ‘gross inequalities’ major issues will go unsolved, warns UN rights chief Bachelet

    Inequality continues to drive rights violations everywhere, but some countries have made significant progress in tackling the problem, not least in women’s rights, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said on Wednesday.

  • Accommodation remains inaccessible for many people in both poor and rich countries

    Accommodation remains inaccessible for many people in both developing and developed countries. Many people live and die in the open air. Almost a quarter of the world's urban population lives in slums or overcrowded, uncontrolled settlements. More than 1.8 billion people worldwide live in"poor housing conditions".

  • Introductory article

    It has been 70 years since world leaders explicitly spelled out the rights everyone on the planet could expect and demand simply because they are human beings. Born of a desire to prevent another Ho¬locaust, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights continues to demonstrate the power of ideas to change the world.

  • Article 1: We are all born free and equal

    The 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) is – obviously – a document about human rights. So why is dignity listed before rights in Article 1?

  • Article 2: Freedom from Discrimination

    Article 2 states that everyone is entitled to all the freedoms listed in the UDHR, “without distinction of any kind such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.” The last words of this sentence – “other status” – have frequently been cited to expand the list of people specifically protected.

  • Article 3: Right to Life

    The first six words of this short article are at the heart of global attempts to end the death penalty. If it enshrines the right to life, abolitionists argue, how can state-sponsored killing be justified? As South African Anglican Bishop Desmond Tutu said, “to take a life when a life has been lost is revenge, not justice.”

  • Article 4: Freedom from Slavery

    Men bought and sold like commodities, held for years against their will on fishing boats off Thailand. Yazidi women sold into sex slavery, raped daily and passed from owner to owner. Human beings offered as birthday gifts to children.

  • Article 5: Freedom from Torture

    There is one absolute prohibition in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) that is universally accepted as unequivocal: Article 5’s ban on torture. At times, states may have disputed the definition of what constitutes torture, but virtually none now openly defend the practice, even if some still carry it out in what the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights described as “some of the darkest corners of our planet.”

  • Article 6: Right to Recognition Before the Law

    After setting standards for dignity and freedom, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) devotes a cluster of articles to standards for the administration of justice including what is often known as “due process.” Roughly one-fourth of the UDHR is devoted to legal human rights.

  • Article 7: Right to Equality Before the Law

    At the end of the 19th century and beginning of the 20th century, women in many industrialized countries fought for the right to vote. “There never will be complete equality until women themselves help to make laws and elect lawmakers,” said U.S. suffragette Susan B. Anthony.

  • Article 8: Right to Remedy

    The pledge of effective remedy for everyone, found in Article 8, is an intrinsic – if all too often neglected – part of the system of providing justice. “True peace is not merely the absence of war, it is the presence of justice,” said Jane Addams, the second woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize, said in 1931.

  • Article 9: Freedom from Arbitrary Detention

    Can you get locked up for being a poet? Yes, in the Soviet Union in 1964.  Joseph Brodsky, now considered one of Russia’s greatest poets, was hauled into court in Leningrad, accused of being “a pseudo-poet in velveteen trousers” – specifically a freeloader who contributed nothing to society.

  • Article 10: Right to a Fair Trial

    In the U.S. state of Maryland in 1984, an anonymous woman called police to identify a man shown in a police sketch of a suspect: Kirk Bloodsworth. The former Marine, then 22, was promptly arrested for the gruesome rape and murder of a nine-year-old girl. Despite thin and contradictory evidence presented at trial, he was convicted and sentenced to death.