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As my term as High Commissioner draws to a close, this Council's milestone fiftieth session will be the last which I brief.
There were limitations, especially given the prevailing Covid restrictions. I was accompanied by government officials throughout the visit to Xinjiang, i was not able to speak to any Uygurs currently detained or their families during the visit.
There appear to be no efforts towards de-escalation but rather a build-up of troops in key areas, contrary to the commitments the military made to ASEAN to cease the violence.
The international community needs to unify in its demand that the Tatmadaw cease the outrageous use of heavy artillery against civilians and civilian objects, the military leadership is singularly responsible for this crisis, and must be held to account.
I fear the situation in Myanmar is heading towards a full-blown conflict. States must not allow the deadly mistakes of the past in Syria and elsewhere to be repeated.
States can consider targeted sanctions, such as asset freezes and travel bans against credibly alleged perpetrators of grave human rights violations and abuses.
The data tells us of a devastating impact from Covid-19 on people of African descent, as well as ethnic minorities in some countries, including Brazil, France, the United Kingdom and the United States, in many other places, we expect similar patterns are occurring, but we are unable to say for sure given that data by race and ethnicity is simply not being collected or reported.
Found on CNN 2 years ago
I am concerned that the situation in Bolivia could spin out of control if the authorities do not handle it ... with full respect for human rights.
Small island nations are among those suffering the most catastrophic effects of climate change, although they contribute very little to fuelling the problem, just this past week, yet another devastating hurricane hit the Bahamas, taking a terrible toll in human life and destroying precious development gains.
The welcome releases of 62 detainees then (in June), with a further 22 – including journalist Braulio Jatar and judge (Maria) Lourdes Afiuni – set free yesterday and the authorities' acceptance of two human rights officers in the country, signify the beginning of positive engagement on the country's many human rights issues.
The fact that the coordinates of this detention facility and the knowledge that it housed civilians had been communicated to the parties to the conflict indicates that this attack may -- depending on the precise circumstances -- amount to a war crime.
Found on CNN 3 years ago
Experience shows us that you cant have security without full respect for human rights and you cant enjoy human rights without security.
Found on FOX News 4 years ago
People have been shot and killed, others have reportedly received wounds from which they will never completely recover, including losing eyes, these are disgraceful scenes. The Venezuelan government must stop The Venezuelan government forces from using excessive force against unarmed protesters and ordinary citizens.
The human rights violations committed against the Rohingya in Myanmar amount to the worst atrocities, including crimes against humanity and possibly even genocide. With an almost complete lack of accountability -- indeed with ongoing violations -- returning Rohingya refugees to Myanmar at this point effectively means throwing them back into the cycle of human rights violations that this community has been suffering for decades, the history of the Rohingya in Myanmar is one filled with repeated episodes of violence, flight and return.
My colleagues have all expounded on the importance of integration, but this needs to have social well-being, improved and shared prosperity as a key element.
Found on Reuters 6 years ago
Today it is time to give the government a new lease of life and this new phase which is as demanding as it is inspiring requires renovated energy and new faces.
Found on Reuters 8 years ago
We don't have any problems with supplies, water or sewage up to now. That's not the problem, our problem is a respiratory one, from inhaling all of this ash, and the fact that this ash could generate some sort of environmental contamination.
We don't have any problems with supplies, water or sewage up to now, our problem is a respiratory one, from inhaling all of this ash, and the fact that this ash could generate some sort of environmental contamination.
Imagine that? The president resigning. That's a constitutional rupture, the truth has to be told, so just in case - I never thought about resigning and I don't plan on resigning at any time.
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