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Keeping the Promise: Human Rights and AIDS

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From: OHCHR
Date: 28 Nov 2008

Statement by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, on the occasion of World AIDS Day of 1 December 2008

GENEVA — This year, we mark both the 20th World AIDS Day and the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  It is fitting that during these landmark anniversaries we consider how far we have come in the global effort to combat AIDS.

In 2006, UN Member States made a commitment to achieve universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support by 2010.  Today, fewer people are becoming infected with HIV, and fewer are dying of AIDS-related illnesses. At the end of 2007, three million people in low- and middle- income countries were taking anti-retroviral treatment. But much remains to be done.

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Les hommes libres – DOGMA 6, la force de la femme

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Publié dans la Tribune de Genève, rubrique société, 28 novembre 2008.

Qui a dit que les femmes sont de “faibles femmes”? L’histoire montre bien souvent le contraire:

Femme dans la Résistance, prenant tous les risques, assurant les relais d’information, le ravitaillement, parfois aussi le combat.

Femme pendant les guerres, active, déterminée, qui assurait la survie, faisait tourner le monde, protégeait et nourrissait les enfants.

Femme pendant la Commune de Paris, se battant aux côtés des hommes pour la liberté, souvent en première ligne sur les barricades.

Femme africaine de l’empire mandingue, sacrée selon la charte de Sundiata Keita, pour avoir combattu avec les hommes et apporté la victoire.

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8TH SPECIAL SESSION OF THE HRC AT 3 PM

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From: OHCHR
Date: 27 Nov 2008

Dear colleagues, Please note that all the information on the 8th special session of the Human Rights Council on The situation of human rights in the East of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to be held Friday, 28 November 2008, at 3 pm, in room XVII, Palais des Nations is available on the OHCHR website.

Please also note that the draft resolution tabled by France (on behalf of the EU) has been posted on the extranet site of the Human Rights Council.

With kind regards, Civil Society Unit

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Dear All, Please share this with friends and colleagues who may be interested.
Best regards, Berhane T.Medhin, Asst. Secretary General, Interfaith International, +4178 819 31 66.

Accreditation to the 8th special session of the HRC on 28-11-2008

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From: OHCHR
Date: 27 Nov 2008

Dear colleagues, Please find below information on accreditation and access to the public gallery for the 8th special session of the Human Rights Council on 28 November 2008.

Accreditation:

NGOs in consultative status with ECOSOC wishing to accredit representatives to the 8th special session of the Human Rights Council are invited to send their letter(s) of accreditation request(s) to the Secretariat of the Council as soon as possible by fax or email to the accreditation officer:

Françoise Kenfack, Human Rights Council Branch, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Palais Wilson, Phone: 022 917 96 41, Fax: 022 917 90 11, E-mail.

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Slavery is not history

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From: OHCHR
Date: 27 Nov 2008

PRESS RELEASE

“Slavery is not history”, warns UN Special Rapporteur

The Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery, its causes and consequences, Ms. Gulnara Shahinian, issues the following statement on International Slavery Day, 2 December 2008.

GENEVA — “Slavery is the reality of modern day life. It has evolved in many parts of the world into many diverse and cruel forms”, says, new UN Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery its causes and consequences, Ms. Gulnara Shahinian.

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Violence against Iraqi women continues unabated

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From: OHCHR
Date: 25 Nov 2008

PRESS RELEASE

“Violence against Iraqi women continues unabated”, says UN expert

GENEVA – “Iraqi women have seen their rights eroded in all areas of life while the world observes from afar,” warns the Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women, its causes and consequences, Ms. Yakin Ertürk, on the International Day on the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

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Combating impunity vital in effort to eliminate violence against women

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From: OHCHR
Date: 24 Nov 2008

PRESS RELEASE

EMBARGOED UNTIL 24:00 hrs GMT ON  24  NOVEMBER, 2008

Combating impunity vital in effort to eliminate violence against women, says UN human rights chief

GENEVA (OHCHR)  –  Women must play an active role in peace negotiations, and in the effort to combat impunity for rape and other acts of violence, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said in a statement marking the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on Tuesday.

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ITU launches initiative to protect children online

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Children are the most vulnerable users of the Internet

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Press Release:

Geneva, 13 November 2008 – ITU launched a new initiative today to safeguard children, the most vulnerable users of the Internet. Addressing ITU’s high-level meeting on cybersecurity by video message, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said, “We have to protect against cyberthreats, especially when they target children. I welcome the ITU’s ‘Child Online Protection’ initiative and urge all States to support it.”

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UN human rights chief calls for an immediate end to the Israeli blockade of Gaza

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From: OHCHR
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2008

GENEVA – The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights called today for an immediate end to the Israeli blockade of Gaza. By function of this blockade, 1.5 million Palestinian men, women and children have been forcibly deprived of their most basic human rights for months.  This is in direct contravention of international human rights and humanitarian law.  It must end now, she said.

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Investing in sanitation is investing in human dignity

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From: OHCHR
Date: 18 Nov 2008

GENEVA – Access to improved sanitation is a matter of human rights – it is a matter of human dignity, said the UN Independent Expert on the issue of human rights obligations attached to access to safe drinking water and sanitation, Ms. Catarina de Albuquerque.

There is compelling evidence that sanitation brings the single greatest return on investment of any development intervention (roughly $9 for every $1 spent). Yet it remains the most neglected and most off-track of the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) targets.

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UN Experts’ Call on Italy

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UN Experts Call on Italy to Uphold Human Rights in its response to immigration and in fighting mafia crimes and terrorism

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From: OHCHR
Date: 17/11/2008

STATEMENT BY THE UN WORKING GROUP ON ARBITRARY DETENTION AT THE CONCLUSION OF ITS MISSION TO ITALY, Rome, 14 November 2008.

Ladies and gentlemen, good afternoon, My name is Aslan Abashidze, and I would like to welcome you to this meeting with the press held by the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention at the end of its official visit to Italy, which started on 3 November and ends today.

I would first wish to briefly introduce the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD). It was set up by the former Commission on Human Rights in 1991. The current Human Rights Council extended the mandate of the Working Group. The Working Group is composed of five independent experts representing the five regional groups of the United Nations and serving in their personal capacities. Two of the five members of the WGAD, Mr. Garretón and myself, form part of this official delegation. In this respect, because the delegation was formed only by two of the five members, I would like to emphasise that what we will present to you are preliminary findings. They will be examined and deliberated by the entire Working Group at its next session, at which the Working Group will adopt a report on this visit. The report will be made public.

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J’ai refusé l’excision de ma fille à Genève

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Berhane Tewolde-Medhin (Asst. Secretary General, Interfaith International, Tel. +4178 819 31 66):

LE RÉCIT: Excisée à l’âge de 8 ans par sa mère, en Erythrée, Warda vit depuis vingt ans dans la Cité de Calvin. Ses deux premières filles ont grandi dans une société occidentale avec le secret de leur mutilation subie au pays. Warda et sa confidente Terhas Tewelde: «Pouvoir se confier à quelqu’un qui nous comprend aide à accepter et à ne pas laisser perdurer ces traditions barbares.»

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Seminar on Women’s and Girl’s Rights in Islam

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From: Geneva Institute for Human Rights GIHR
Date: 12 Nov 2008

The Geneva Institute for Human Rights GIHR, in cooperation with The University of Berne, Institute of Public Law, Professor Walter Kalin, is organizing the  Seminar:

Women’s and Girl’s Rights in Islam, 25 November 2008, 9:00am – 18:00pm, Kuppelraum, main building, University of Berne, Switzerland:

The Geneva Institute for Human Rights is pleased to announce that it will be holding a seminar on women’s and girl’s rights in Islam. The main aim of the seminar is to understand what women’s and girl’s rights are in Islamic law and how that compares with International human Rights laws. The seminar brings a number of experts in modern Islamic thinkers and human rights, including Al-Imam Alsadig ElMahdi, Professor Nawal Alfaouri and Dr Zeinab Radwan. Everybody is welcome to participate, registration costs 75.00 CHF (includes lunch and coffee break).

To register visit the website for an application form or contact: Seminar, by GIHR, for further information.

Nazar Abdelgadir, Executive Director GIHR, Tel   +41227885015, Fax +41227885016, Website.