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All Rights Reserved. The High Commissioner urged the government to fulfill the recommendations of her office and renew effective cooperation with them. The High Commissioner for Human Rights is the principal human rights official of the United Nations. According to organizations of civil society, 94 people “continue arbitrarily deprived of liberty.” Among them are 4 women. High Commissioner’s statement at the GA, 2008 Women’s organizations register 50 such killings up through August 31, 2020. He was murdered by an armed pro-government figure. Hong Kong has no independent mechanism to investigate excessive use of force by authorities, as the Independent Police Complaints Council (IPCC)’s expert advisers themselves re-confirmed recently. Bachelet denounces the constant threats, intimidation and assassination, while Daniel Ortega’s government continues to allow impunity. “With respect to this, there’s also concern for the difference reported in the official data. The Hong Kong and Chinese Central governments have allowed police to operate with complete impunity.


The police are also accused of increased intimidation and harassment of journalists. The majority of these political prisoners are accused of fabricated common crimes. This mandate asks that the High Commissioner use her position to raise serious concerns about human rights abuses everywhere in the world.

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights at the World Summit on Sustainable Development Plenary Session Johannesburg, South Africa 29th August 2002 The Earth Summit at Rio de Janeiro has been an essential reference point for this Summit on Sustainable Development. Beginning in June, millions of people in Hong Kong have publicly demonstrated against an extradition bill to Mainland China that would have undermined the separate freedoms that are enshrined in law in Hong Kong.

Read more about the situation in Nicaragua here. These same four experts then issued a public statement on September 12 stating, “We are seriously concerned by credible reports of repeated instances where the authorities failed to ensure a safe environment for individuals to engage in public protest free from violence or interference.” We are disappointed that this language does not appear in the Office of the High Commissioner’s November 19 press statement. The United States has long opposed the creation or release of this database, which was mandated by the discredited UN Human Rights Council in … Statement at event on sexual orientation and gender identity – June 2009. The victims include human rights advocates, journalists, students, rural leaders and the Catholic clergy. There has been credible evidence of torture and ill-treatment of protestors by police in detention. “Cases continue to arise of possible violations of the right to life. While certain protestors have used violence, including petrol bombs, bricks and arrows, the Hong Kong Police Force’s response has been severe and disproportionate. Bachelet also expressed concern for the increase in femicides in Nicaragua. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, has sent a letter to the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, in response to the public consultation on the EU’s Digital Services Act. For example, authorizing a mission to the country “taking into consideration our preparations for the next report to the Council.” Also, “in view of the elections scheduled for November 2021.”. Those detained solely for exercising their rights to peaceful assembly and free expression should be unconditionally released and charges against them should be immediately dropped. She affirmed that the government still shows no sign “of a constructive approach to the tensions and structural problems that culminated in the April 2018 socio-political crisis.”. Child Rights International Network (CRIN), CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation, International Movement Against All Forms of Discrimination and Racism (IMADR), International Service for Human Rights (ISHR), International Women’s Rights Action Watch Asia Pacific, World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), Renee Xia, Director (Mandarin, English), +1 863 866 1012 reneexia[at]nchrd.org, Follow on Twitter: @ReneeXiaCHRD, Frances Eve, Deputy Director of Research (English), +1 661 240 9177 franceseve[at]nchrd.org, Follow on Twitter: @FrancesEveCHRD. Police have increasingly denied permits for assemblies and marches and arbitrarily detained individuals for “unlawful assembly.”. Some High Commissioner for Human Rights’ references to sexual orientation and gender identity: Annual report of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (31st session of the Human Rights Council) – 2016, Informe anual del Alto Comisionado de Derechos Humanos, Rapport annuel du Haut-Commissaire des droits de l’homme, Message from the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Right for the opening of the “International Dialogue on the Intersections of culture/tradition with human rights related to gender and sexuality” – 2016, Human Rights Council panel on ending violence and discrimination against individuals based on their sexual orientation and gender identity – 2012, Discriminatory laws and practices and acts of violence against individuals based on their sexual orientation and gender identity – 2011, High Commissioner statement at HRC side event – 2010, High Commissioner’s statement in Paris 2009, Statement at event on sexual orientation and gender identity – June 2009, Report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights A/HRC/13/26, High Commissioner’s statement at the GA, 2008, Copyright 2016 ARC International - Design by, Annual report of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (31st session of the Human Rights Council), Message from the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Right for the opening of the, Human Rights Council panel on ending violence and discrimination against individuals based on their sexual orientation and gender identity, Discriminatory laws and practices and acts of violence against individuals based on their sexual orientation and gender identity, High Commissioner statement at HRC side event –, Statement at event on sexual orientation and gender identity –. Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam used colonial-era emergency powers to ban face-masks at assemblies (which was later ruled unconstitutional) and police have used live ammunition to shoot three young protesters. China’s Government in Beijing has increasingly signalled that it is ultimately in charge in Hong Kong. Report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights A/HRC/13/26. She mentioned the Pan American Health Organization’s disclaimer. These could affect their ability to continue operating, the civil society organizations note. Your email address will not be published.

Your email address will not be published. Sign up to receive CHRD's alerts and statements, China Human Rights Briefings and research reports, on UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: Condemn Systematic Violations of Fundamental Freedoms in Hong Kong & Police Violence. Hong Kong police must distinguish violent elements from peaceful protestors and restrict the use of force to the minimum extent necessary, in accordance with the UN Basic Principles on the Use of Force and Firearms by Law Enforcement Officials. During a comparable period last year there were 44 such crimes documented. 繁體中文. These include the July 19th assassination of a man in La Trinidad, Esteli. His work is key to help advance the human rights for LGBTI persons. The Hong Kong Police Force have systematically suppressed the right to peaceful assembly by using excessive force against individuals exercising their rights, including beating peaceful protesters and using tear gas, pepper spray, and rubber bullets. Bachelet urged the government “to free all persons arbitrarily deprived of freedom for participating in protests or for expressing critical opinions.”. She said: “there is no progress observed in the human rights situation” in the country. “Cases continue to arise of possible violations of the right to life. Required fields are marked *. The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights documented 30 cases of threats and intimidation. The High Commissioner herself called on the Hong Kong Government to immediately carry out an “effective, prompt, independent and impartial investigation” into violence during a press conference on October 5. The High Commissioner for Human Rights must call on Hong Kong authorities to take concrete steps to de-escalate tensions and reduce violence on both sides – police and protesters. On November 16, People’s Liberation Army soldiers cleared up debris and bricks, without being invited by the Hong Kong Government to assist, as required by the Basic Law. Dr Bachelet is in the country as the keynote speaker at the Australian Human Rights Commission’s Free and Equal; A National Conversation on Human Rights. The recent tax resolutions imposed against three media outlets is also of serious concern. Home / Twitter Facebook Google + Pinterest LinkedIn Email 23 Sep 2020 15:14:00 Witnesses in proceedings relating to crimes committed during the wars of the 1990s in the former Yugoslavia must be effectively protected and supported Strasbourg 23/09/2020. Journalists trying to cover the protests have faced violence, intimidation, and threats from police, including an incident in which police shot an Indonesian journalist in the face with a rubber bullet while she covered the protests, permanently blinding her in one eye. Any response to allegations of violent attacks on police must be handled through a fair judicial process. HAVANA TIMES – Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, issued a statement on Nicaragua on September 14. There’s also a lack of information on specific measures adopted in their favor.”, On the contrary, denounced Bachelet, the state response “has included violations of freedom of expression and firings of medical personnel.”, Bachelet spoke during the inaugural session of the Human Rights Council. This amounts to a denial of the extensive documentation from credible sources of violations of human rights in Hong Kong and ignores concerns raised by other UN independent experts.