Tag: human rights

World Day Against Trafficking in Persons: States must treat refugees and migrants as rights holders and act to prevent trafficking and exploitation

  GENEVA (27 June 2018) – States around the world must act now to strengthen their efforts to prevent and combat trafficking in human beings, including by ensuring that victims and potential victims are considered and treated as rights holders. In a statement to mark World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, UN human rights expert, Maria Grazia Giammarinaro, says […]

UN Secretary-General Message on the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons

    THE SECRETARY-GENERAL — MESSAGE ON THE WORLD DAY AGAINST TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS 30 JULY 2018   Trafficking in persons is a vile crime that feeds on inequalities, instability and conflict.  Human traffickers profit from peoples’ hopes and despair.  They prey on the vulnerable and rob them of their fundamental rights. Children and young […]

UN women’s rights experts issue findings on Australia, Cook Islands, Cyprus, Liechtenstein, Mexico, New Zealand, State of Palestine, and Turkmenistan

  GENEVA (22 June 2018) – The UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women has published its findings on the countries it examined during its session from 2 to 20 July in Geneva: Australia, Cook Islands, Cyprus, Liechtenstein, Mexico, New Zealand, State of Palestine, and Turkmenistan. The findings cover how the respective State […]

MEDIA RELEASE: UNAA appoints Grace Forrest as Goodwill Ambassador for Anti-Slavery

                MEDIA RELEASE UNAA appoints Grace Forrest as Goodwill Ambassador for Anti-Slavery CANBERRA (29 June 2018) – The United Nations Association of Australia (UNAA) today announced the appointment of Grace Forrest as a Goodwill Ambassador. UNAA National President, Major General Michael Smith AO (Ret’d) said “Grace’s appointment will […]

UN women’s rights committee to review Australia, Cook Islands, Cyprus, Liechtenstein, Mexico, New Zealand, State of Palestine and Turkmenistan

    UN women’s rights committee to review Australia, Cook Islands, Cyprus, Liechtenstein, Mexico, New Zealand, State of Palestine and Turkmenistan   GENEVA (June 29, 2018) — The UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) is meeting in Geneva fromJuly 2-20 to review women’s rights in the following countries: Australia, Cook Islands, Cyprus, […]

UN Human Rights Council Special Session of the Human Rights Council on the deteriorating human rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem

    Statement by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein to the UN Human Rights Council Special Session of the Human Rights Council on the deteriorating human rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem Geneva, 18 May 2018   Mr. President,             Appalling recent events in Gaza have […]

Celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) is a milestone document, which underpins all international human rights law and has helped countless people to gain greater freedom and security. It is the most translated document in the world, available in more than 500 languages. “Over seven decades, this mighty document has helped to profoundly change […]

Federal Senator Singh highlights humanitarian situation in Yemen to Australian Parliament

  Senator Lisa Singh’s speech on the current humanitarian situation in Yemen and the issue of the reduced financial assistance of the Australian government to overseas development assistance.   On the 11 September 2017, Senator Lisa Singh presented a speech to the Australian Senate, promoting awareness to the current humanitarian crisis in Yemen as well […]