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STORIES FROM THE FIELD

  • Former East Timorese jail transformed into human rights centre

  • Human Rights Day celebration in Sierra Leone

 

 

 

 

 

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Report of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, together with the OSCE, on the situation of detainees in Serbia and Montenegro.

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Message from the High Commissioner for Human Rights, and comments by the Deputy High Commissioner, to the Second African Union Ministerial Conference on Human Rights in Africa.

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Discours de M. Sergio Vieira de Mello,

Haut Commissaire des Nations Unies

aux droits de l’homme à l’occasion du centenaire de la Faculté des Sciences sociales et politiques, Université de Lausanne.

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Le Haut Commissaire aux droits de l'homme rend hommage aux journalistes qui, parfois au péril de leur vie, révèlent ou dénoncent des violations des droits de l'homme partout dans le monde, et leur exprime sa solidarité.

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The High Commissioner for Human Rights condemns suicide attack in Tel Aviv and calls for peace in the Middle East.

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The definition of torture contained in article 1 of the Convention against Torture is too vague, says Sergio Vieira de Mello.

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The structure of the Commission on Human Rights is sound and its problems are surmountable, says the High Commissioner.

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Only Member States can make the UN Work, writes Sergio Vieira de Mello.

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or a new Iraqi government
to be legitimate in the eyes of the Iraqi people, it must be created and constituted by the Iraqis themselves, the High Commissioner for Human Rights tells Tim Sebastian of BBC's Hard Talk. INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT

Calling for transparency, Sergio Vieira de Mello urgently requests detailed information from Cuban government on trials of 80 dissidents. MORE

High Commissioner for Human Rights deeply concerned by killing of civilians and journalists in Iraq. MORE



 

WELCOME

TO THE 59th SESSION OF THE COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS

Click here for PRESS INFORMATION on the Commission

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Closing Speech of the High Commissioner for Human Rights at 59th Session.

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Opening Speech of the High Commissioner for Human Rights at the 59th Session READ

Report of Sergio Vieira de Mello on the work of the Office of the High Commissioner (OHCHR) READ

Report of the High Commissioner on the human rights situation in Colombia READ

BIOGRAPHY OF THE HIGH COMMISSIONER

 

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