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"Stand up for Someone's Rights Today": A celebration of Human Rights Day


In remarks delivered at the occasion of Human Rights Day 2016, the Acting OHCHR Regional Representative of Europe, Paul d'Auchamp, spoke out against populism and demagogues that threaten hard-won human rights.

In his speech, he emphasized the though challenge ahead in confronting a world whose political and societal realities have become more difficult.

Standing up for human rights will require in the near future a firm, unwavering stance upholding principles: "If we want to spread human rights, we have to get much better both at reaching out, but also at sparring with the fear-mongers." Above all, a good grasp of what the causes of the challenges are will be critical to a successful response, both for the UN and the wider civil society.

The remarks were delivered during an event organised by the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Ciné-ONU and the European Union at Bozar, Brussels’ Centre for Fine Art.


"Stand up for Someone's Rights Today": Remarks of the Acting OHCHR Regional Representative of Europe at the launch of Human Rights Day ceremony in Brussels"

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Photo: Paul d'Auchamp, Acting Regional Representative for Europe of the UN OHCHR Regional Office for Europe © UNRIC

13 December 2016

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Children cannot wait: 7 priority actions to protect all refugee and migrant children

Joint statement from 78 organisations - Children cannot wait: 7 priority actions to protect all refugee and migrant children


29 November 2016 - 78 organisations active in the field of children’s rights strongly welcome that this year’s European Forum on the Rights of the Child focuses on protecting children in migration. Children represent a significant proportion of migrants and refugees.

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Bulgaria: UN Human Rights Office concerned about attack on
human rights defender

Bulgaria: UN Human Rights Office concerned about attack on human rights defender


31 October 2016 - The UN Human Rights Regional Office for Europe expresses its serious concern at the attack against Krassimir Kanev, the chairman of the Bulgarian Helsinki Committee (BHC) in the morning of 27 October.

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Human Rights in the news

Joint statement from meeting in Warsaw with the Office of the Polish Ombudsman
Representatives of global and regional bodies concerned with rule of law and human rights have met in Warsaw with the new Polish Ombudsman, Dr. Adam Bodnar, to discuss the institutional landscape in Poland
Constitutional Tribunal in Poland
UN Human Rights Regional Office for Europe expressed its concern about recent developments in Poland that may negatively affect the work of the country’s Constitutional Tribunal
Detention of migrants and refugees in the Czech Republic
High Commissioner Zeid strongly criticizes the detention of migrants and refugees in the Czech Republic, drawing particular attention to the violations of the rights of the children among them.
Forced evictions of Roma
High Commissioner Zeid expresses serious concerns about ongoing forced evictions of Roma and Travellers in a number of European States, including most recently in France and Bulgaria.
Migration / child rights
The committee on the Rights of the Child stresses that the continued shocking images that ricochet around the world do not tell the full extent of the devastating, and at times irreversible, impact the migration crisis has on the rights and well-being.
Human rights in Europe