Group Photo. UNIC Pretoria
Pretoria, January 27, 2016 – Nearly 200 Grade Nine school children today heard first-hand accounts of how millions of Jews and others suffered or were killed in the Holocaust during the Second World War, as well as during the Rwandan Genocide in 1994.
Students at the Hoërskool Voortrekkerhoogte in Taba Tshwane, Pretoria took part in an educational interactive programme to mark International Holocaust Day, which falls on January 27. The programme organised by the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC), Education Africa and the Johannesburg Holocaust and Genocide Centre (JHGC), was aimed at raising awareness about past human atrocities and spreading the message of peace, unity and tolerance. Continue reading
Geneva, 9 August 2015 – Message by the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples* and the UN Voluntary Fund for Indigenous Peoples** to mark the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, Sunday 9 August 2015. Continue reading
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid bin Ra’ad Photo : UNHCR
Geneva, 11 June 2015 – The World’s first-ever day for Albinism Awareness, is an opportunity to celebrate the talents and achievements of people with albinism, and to join the struggle against the challenges they face.
In every society, babies are born with albinism, due to a recessive gene that is carried by both parents. But across the world, these children are likely to face bullying, prejudice and even violence because of stereotypes based on the colour of their skin. They frequently cannot access adequate healthcare, although albinism may impair their vision and increase their risk of skin cancers. Failure to accommodate this visual impairment, as well as mockery and abuse, may force them to drop out of school; compounded by widespread social rejection, this can result in unemployment, isolation and life-long poverty. Continue reading
GENEVA / NEW YORK (19 November 2013) – Governments should make child protection from violence a priority in the post-2015 development agenda and back their commitments with proper funding, five top United Nations child rights experts* said today. Continue reading
New York – After 19 months of a rebellion which has exacerbated the humanitarian strife in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the Security Council welcomes the announcement by the M23 to put an end to its rebellion, the government of DRC’s acceptance of this announcement and the cessation of hostilities between the DRC and the M23. The Security Council condemns the violence caused by this rebellion, which has resulted in a significant loss of civilian life, as well as of MONUSCO peacekeepers’ lives, and the displacement of hundreds of thousands of civilians. Continue reading
UN – Mary Robinson, Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General to the Great Lakes Region, Martin Kobler, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Head of MONUSCO, Boubacar Diarra, AU Special Representative for the Great Lakes, Russell Feingold, U.S. Special Envoy for the Great Lakes and the DRC, and Koen Vervaeke, EU Senior Coordinator to the Great Lakes Region, are concerned about the renewed outbreak of violence between the M23 and the Government of the DRC.They take note of the announcement of the M23 of cessation of hostilities as a first and necessary step to peace. Continue reading
UN – Some 2.2 million Zimbabweans will need food assistance in the pre-harvest period from January to March next year, a United Nations agency said today, warning that food security in the southern African country continue to deteriorate. Continue reading
NEW YORK / GENEVA (25 October) – “There is no migration organization within the United Nations, and no coherent institutional framework governing migration. States retreat from binding UN-based frameworks, with preference for informal processes governing migration,” the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, François Crépeau, warned on Thursday. Continue reading