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United Nations Human Rights Appeal 2017


“The world has entered a period of profound uncertainty. More than ever, we need strong partners to stand with us.

With support, we can undertake strong preventive work, including for early warning and the prevention of hatred,

xenophobia and violence. We can promote a broadening of inclusive democratic space; advance sound migration governance;

and give strong support to the grounding of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda in human rights.

This is why your support is essential.”


- Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, High Commissioner for Human Rights


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

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


13 December 2016 - 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.

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

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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Human Rights in the news

Malta summit: Protect rights of migrants
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein urges EU leaders to ensure that respect for non-refoulement and protection of all human rights underpin their discussions and decisions in Malta.
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.
Human rights in Europe