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Pope wants death, life terms to be abolished

Published in The Hindu on Oct. 24 :: Pope Francis issued a call for all the countries to abolish capital punishment and also eliminate sentences for life imprisonment because “a lifetime in prison is a hidden death sentence”. At a Vatican meeting Thursday with representatives from International Association of Criminal Law, the Pope said that he finds it hard to...

At General Assembly, UN experts urged global action on enforced disappearances

Published in www.indiablooms.com on Oct. 23 :: States must take full responsibility to solve all aspects of the issue of enforced disappearances: prevention; search for the disappeared; punishment of the perpetrators; and reparation for the victims, the Chairs of two United Nations expert bodies addressing the General Assembly on the issue declared on Wednesday.  “All this needs a strong and...

UN official: 2013-14 devastating for human rights

Published in The Business Standard Oct. 22:: The UN human rights chief says 2013-2014 was “a year of devastating impact on human rights” and he blames rising inequality and exclusion for much of the unrest that has swept across the world in recent years. Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein told the UN General Assembly’s human rights committee today that “a toxic...

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UN rights expert calls for dual fight against torture, corruption

Published in The Daily Times – Pakistan on Oct. 22:: The incidences of torture and ill-treatment around the world have not been diminishing and the need for effective prevention is as great as it ever has been, a UN human rights expert said on Wednesday, as he urged member states to do more to tackle domestic corruption in order to...

The day of the girl child

Published in The News – Pakistan on Oct. 21:: On October 11, the International Day of the Girl, the UN secretary-general said in his message: “I call on all the governments to take action to end all forms of violence against girls in all parts of the world. Together we must create a world where violence against women and girls...

Outsourcing: New low in refugee protection

Published in the Daily Star on Oct. 12 by C. R. Abrar :: Refugee protection is a core human rights issue. The fundamental right of seeking and enjoying asylum from persecution in other countries has been enshrined in Article 14(1) of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The principle of asylum acknowledges that when all other forms of human...

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Let’s not be afraid to challenge the traditions that harm girls

Published in the elders.org on Oct. 11 :: “Have the courage to take action. Society is ready to change.” Marking the International Day of the Girl Child, Hina Jilani calls on the international community and civil society to work together to improve the lives of girls and women. In the international community we talk about the family as being the...

UN calls for full participation of older persons in society

Published in The Nation – Pakistan on Oct. 03 ::  The United Nations Thursday encouraged governments and people throughout the world to ensure that older persons are able to fully participate in society and that their rights and dignity are protected. “Older persons are making wide-ranging contributions to economic and social development,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in his message for International...

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Children’s rights, equity and our common future

Published in The Daily Mirror on Oct. 01 :: By Unicef Executive Director Anthony Lake :: Throughout history, the advance of civilization has been closely tied to the idea that all people have rights — universal, inalienable entitlements to freedom, dignity and security; to be treated fairly and to live free from oppression. The health and soul of all societies...