Geneva, 7 February 2019 — “We are deeply concerned about the sentencing in a Russian court on Wednesday of a Jehovah’s Witness to six years in prison on charges of ‘organising the activity of a banned extremist organisation’.
"Holocaust remembrance: Demand and defend your human rights"
27 January 2019 — “On this day in 1945, the largest Nazi extermination camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau, was liberated. Some 7,500 people were freed that day; thousands more had been forced to march across the freezing landscape, and over the preceding three years, it is estimated that more than 1.1 million people – nine out of ten of them Jews – had been killed.
GENEVA (24 January 2019) — The United Nations Sub-Committee on the Prevention of Torture (SPT) will undertake its first visit to Switzerland from 28 January through 7 February to evaluate the treatment of persons deprived of their liberty as well as the guarantees in place protecting them against torture and ill-treatment.
GENEVA (21 January 2019) – Human rights must be an integral component of policymaking to ensure economic reforms help advance societies, rather than hinder people’s lives, an independent expert appointed by the Human Rights Council said today.
NEW YORK/GENEVA (18 December 2018) – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Monday welcomed the adoption by the General Assembly of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and other people working in rural areas.
WARSAW (13 December 2018) – Poland is at a critical juncture with regard to its record on women’s rights. It must refrain from rolling back women’s rights, particularly in the areas of family and culture, as well as sexual and reproductive health, and undertake further steps to fully achieve gender equality, UN human rights experts said today.
GENEVA (12 December 2018) — UN human rights experts today condemned Belarus for its continued use of the death penalty, following local news reports that the country, in defiance of the Human Rights Committee’s requests for a stay, had executed three people: Aleksei Mikhalenya, Semyon Berezhnoi and Igor Gershankov.
GENEVA (10 December 2018) – “I have learned with sadness that the human rights community has lost one of its greatest human rights defenders, Ms. Lyudmila Mikhaylovna Alexeyeva. She was a Russian historian, leading human rights activist and founding member of the Moscow Helisinki Group. She was an intrepid defender of the rights of vulnerable people in Russia and beyond.
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