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Silence is not an option: A petition urging the UN Human Rights Council to act urgently to respond to the violent repression of demonstrations in the Middle East, North Africa and beyond

Petition for Immediate Action by the Human Rights Council

The undersigned organisations urge the Human Rights Council to act urgently to respond to the violent repression of demonstrations currently underway in the Middle East, North Africa and beyond. The Human Rights Council cannot be a passive bystander of such events, during which the lives of ordinary citizens have been taken or put at risk through violent and unlawful repression.

Panel Discussion - Cultures, Traditions and Violence Against Women: Human Rights Challenges (Geneva, Switzerland)

7 March 2011 - Panel Discussion: Cultures, Traditions and Violence Against Women: Human Rights Challenges

EVENT: Panel Discussion at the UN Human Rights Council (Geneva, Switzerland)

Cultures, Traditions and Violence Against Women: Human Rights Challenges

Date: Monday, March 7th 2011
Time: 1-3pm
Location: Room XXIV, Building E, Palais des Nations

International: UN Intensifies Campaign Against Female Genital Mutilation

Publication Date: 
February 7, 2011

UNITED NATIONS, Feb 7, 2011 (IPS) - The United Nations is intensifying its global campaign to eliminate one of the most widely-condemned religious and cultural rituals in the world today, mostly in Africa and Asia: female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C).

The joint efforts by two U.N. agencies - the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA) and the U.N. children's agency UNICEF - have resulted in over 6,000 communities abandoning the physically-harmful practice in countries such as Ethiopia, Egypt, Kenya, Senegal, Burkina Faso, the Gambia, Guinea and Somalia. 

UN votes to protect against killings based on sexual orientation

Publication Date: 
December, 2010


General Assembly Adopts 52 Resolutions, 6 Decisions Recommended by Third Committee on Broad Range of Human Rights, Social, Cultural Issues

Expert workshop on the elimination of violence against women

Publication Date: 
December, 2010

On 24 and 25 November 2010 the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) organised an 'Expert workshop on the elimination of all forms of violence against women – challenges, good

UN Secretary General's Statement: End Criminalization based on Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity

Publication Date: 
December 10, 2010

Thank you, Ambassador Jim McLay of New Zealand, Ambassador Ranko Vilovi of Croatia, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, and particularly representatives of civil society, it is a great pleasure.

Thank you all for coming to this important event.

Today is Human Rights Day - a day we dedicate to defending freedoms and protections for all people.

We know how controversial the issues surrounding sexual orientation can be.

UN General Assembly: UN Member States Should Vote Against Proposed Resolution On “Vilification Of Religions”

Publication Date: 
November 19, 2010
Article 19
Article 19 Press Release

London 19.11.10: ARTICLE 19 and the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS) urge UN Member States to vote against the draft resolution proposed at the current session of the UN General Assembly on “combating religious hatred and vilification of religions”.

Somalia: Sexual and gender based violence on the increase

Publication Date: 
November 4, 2010
IDP Children in Bossas (Photo: IRIN)

NAIROBI, 4 November 2010 (IRIN) - Armed groups in Somalia have continued recruiting children to fight and engage in piracy, and girls have found themselves facing increasing risk of sexual violence, a senior UN official says.

SKSW Statement on Human Rights and Traditional Values

Publication Date: 
October 4, 2010
SKSW Campaign
Traditional Values and Human Rights

The traditional values underpinning international human rights: How can they contribute to promotion and protection?

Room XXI, Palais des Nations, Geneva
4 October 2010

Thank you, honourable members of the panel, friends and colleagues in the international human rights community, good afternoon.

On behalf of the Global Campaign to Stop Killing and Stoning Women, we welcome the opportunity to participate in the discussion on the relationship between human rights and traditional values.  

SKSW welcomes appointment of Michelle Bachelet at UN Women

Publication Date: 
September 26, 2010
SKSW Campaign
Michelle Bachelet

The Global campaign to Stop Killing and Stoning Women (SKSW Campaign) welcomes the appointment of Michelle Bachelet as the first Under-Secretary-General for the new UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women).