Every five years, the UN Human Rights Prize is an award given to individuals and organizations in recognition of outstanding achievement in human rights. This year’s awards will be presented during a special ceremony at the UN headquarters in New York on 10 December (Human Rights Day). It will also mark the 20th Anniversary of the Vienna Declaration and the establishment of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.
A report launched earlier this year by the UN Human Rights Office in Mexico provides an update on the situation of human rights defenders in the country.
The UN Human Rights Regional Office for Europe works with civil society organizations and the French Government to change the policy of forced evictions of migrant Roma in France.
The UN Human Rights Office launched today a website on the 20th Anniversary of the Office and an interactive timeline of key events in the human rights field in the past 20 years.
The Vienna+20 high-level event, held at the United Nations in New York, brought together Presidents, Ministers, civil society, the Deputy Secretary-General and, for the first time ever, two former and the current UN Human Rights Chiefs, to reflect on the human rights progress over the past 20 years and the way forward.
A high level side event at the United Nations in New York provided an interactive forum for promoting a post-2015 development agenda that is accessible and inclusive of persons with disabilities.
The chair of the UN inquiry investigating human rights in North Korea has called on the global community to respond to a situation which indicates a large-scale pattern of abuse that may constitute systematic and gross human rights violations.
A new database, developed by the UN Human Rights Office, illustrates existing measures and practices to combat racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance at the international, regional and national levels.
The United Nations Voluntary Trust Fund on Contemporary Forms of Slavery is facing a dramatic decrease in annual voluntary contributions, which impacts on its ability to assist victims of modern slavery.
In the lead-up to a summit on migration at the UN General Assembly in New York, Pillay urges a switch in approach by policy makers from one which frames the movement of millions annually as an economic and political phenomenon to one which is based on universal agreement that every person is entitled to the full range of human rights.
Indigenous Rights defender Rajani Maharjan from Kathmandu, Nepal, is working to protect the rights of the Newar people.
Women and men in Tunisia’s far-flung regions react positively to a campaign promoting the equal rights of women.
Female Genital Mutilation is a traditional ritual afflicting millions of girls worldwide. Nice Nailantei Lengete is working towards eliminating the harmful practice of FGM/C in her Masaai community in Kenya.
At a recent meeting in Kiev, participants expressed concern at the human rights impact of new laws in Eastern Europe, which threaten basic rights of LGBT people.
Indigenous Fellow Alma Grace Barla promotes the empowerment and socio-economic development of tribal women in India.
A group of leading human rights advocates share their views on political transitions and women’s enjoyment of their rights in their respective countries at an event organized by the UN Human Rights Office.
A newly-lunched Code of Conduct provides guidance to recruiting agencies on promoting and protecting the rights of migrant domestic workers in Lebanon.
The UN Human Rights Office officially launches Free & Equal—an unprecedented global public education campaign to promote greater respect for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people everywhere.
A major new study finds indigenous peoples are more likely to be the victims of crime, to come into contact with police, be charged with offences and to serve time.
The Vienna+20 conference looks to the future of the global human rights movement for the next two decades
Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay calls on the global human rights community to stick with the hard-won fundamentals already in place and strive to bridge the implementation gap.
The Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action agreed at the World Conference on Human Rights in 1993 has been described as one of the landmark documents of the twentieth century. The global human rights movement reviews progress since and assesses the future.
The UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities issues an unprecedented decision on a case involving two visually impaired complainants against Hungary.
The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights is seeking nominations for the 2013 UN Prize in the Field of Human Rights. Nominations can be sent from a variety of sources: Member States, SA, NGOs and from other appropriate sources.
Procedures that deprive people with mental or intellectual disabilities of their legal capacity put them in a situation of excessive vulnerability to abuse, according to a study on the guardianship system in Moldova.
During its 54th session, the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) adopted a General Recommendation on how to protect women’s equal rights to property in or after the dissolution of marriage or similar relationships.
Two decades on from the World Conference on Human Rights in Vienna, the international community recalls it as a ‘milestone’ in the development of the global human rights movement.