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United Nations: Human Rights

United Nations: Human Rights
A school girl at the Sitara School in Kabul pushes her classmate, a double-leg land-mine amputee in a wheelchair. The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities was adopted on 13 December 2006. UN Photo/Hassan Zakizada UN Bodies General Assembly Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) Documents, press releases, related links. UN Human Rights Council General Assembly resolution establishing the Council, latest news, meetings, events, membership. Thematic Issues Secretary-General's Campaign to End Violence Against Women Framework for action, activities and contacts, statements, resources. International Courts and Tribunals International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) Overview, documents, latest news, courtrooms, cases, reports. Other Resources Universal Declaration of Human Rights The full text of the Declaration. Past Conferences

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The Universal Declaration of Human Rights Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world, Whereas disregard and contempt for human rights have resulted in barbarous acts which have outraged the conscience of mankind, and the advent of a world in which human beings shall enjoy freedom of speech and belief and freedom from fear and want has been proclaimed as the highest aspiration of the common people, Whereas it is essential, if man is not to be compelled to have recourse, as a last resort, to rebellion against tyranny and oppression, that human rights should be protected by the rule of law,

Fifty-year-old Saudi divorces child bride Last updated 09:34 01/05/2009 A 50-year-old Saudi man has agreed to divorce his nine-year-old bride, after the marriage drew international criticism. The decision, reported by newspapers Alwatan and Al-Riyadh, came after months of court hearings, criticism from the United Nations and an international media frenzy about Saudi Arabia's human rights practices. Voices of Youth: Human Rights Government of Liberia Bureau of Immigration officials register asylum-seekers from Côte d’Ivoire in the town of Loguatuo, in Nimba County. © UNICEF/NYHQ2010-2753/Bill Diggs What are human rights? Human rights are fundamental rights and freedoms to which every human being is entitled. These rights include individual, political, civil, spiritual, social, economic and cultural rights that help us to develop to our fullest potential. Human rights are universal – they apply to all people, everywhere.

MDG drinking water target being met More than 3,000 children die daily from diarrhoeal diseases, and 88% of these deaths are due to poor drinking water, lack of sanitation and poor hygiene. So the news from the World Health Organisation and Unicef joint monitoring programme that the world has met the drinking water target of the millennium development goals is very welcome. Since 1990 over 2 billion more people in the world have received access to drinking water. And this progress has not been driven by just big middle-income countries – smaller, less well-endowed countries have also shown the way. Even in sub-Saharan Africa, where progress towards achieving the target is off-track, 273 million additional people gained access to drinking water since 1990.

The 'saddest bride I have ever seen': Child marriage still popular in Bangladesh Last updated 01:04, August 30 2015 Mohammad Hasamur Rahman, 32, poses for photographs with his new bride, 15-year-old Nasoin Akhter. On her wedding day, 15-year-old Akhter looked "melancholic," according to photographer Allison Joyce, who documented the teenage girl's wedding to her 32-year-old husband, Mohammad Hasamur Rahman, earlier this month in Manikganj, Bangladesh. "It's tradition for the bride to look shy and coy during the wedding," Joyce said in an email.

United for Human Rights United for Human Rights (UHR) is an international, not-for-profit organization dedicated to implementing the Universal Declaration of Human Rights at local, regional, national and international levels. Its membership is comprised of individuals, educators and groups throughout the world who are actively forwarding the knowledge and protection of human rights by and for all Mankind. Its purpose is to provide human rights educational resources and activities that inform, assist and unite individuals, educators, organizations and governmental bodies in the dissemination and adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights at every level of society. United for Human Rights was founded on the Declaration’s 60th anniversary, in the face of continued worldwide abuses which violate the spirit, intent and Articles of this charter of all human rights, the first such document ever ratified by the community of nations.

Water, health and human rights printable version Prepared for World Water Day. Written by Margret Vidar and Mohamed Ali Mekouar, Legal Office, Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO). Reviewed by the staff and experts from the Globalization, Cross-Sectoral Policies and Human Rights team (GCP), and the Water, Sanitation, and Health unit (WSH), World Health Organization (WHO).WHO/WSH/WWD/TA.10© 2001–2003, 2002 WHO The Universal Declaration of Human Rights recognises the inherent dignity and the equal and inalienable rights of all human beings. Human rights standards and international humanitarian law are essentially an elaboration of this statement.

Indian sisters facing rape as dishonour punishment Two sisters in India were sentenced to be raped as "punishment" for their brother running away with a married woman from a higher caste in the latest caste incident to shock the country. Meenakshi Kumari, who is 23, and her sister, 15, would then be paraded naked with their faces blackened through the streets, according to a ruling from the all-male village council. The sisters have petitioned the country's Supreme Court to be protected from the so-called "eye-for-an-eye" ruling from the village council in Uttar Pradesh state, 48km from the capital, New Delhi.

Kids' Version of the Human Rights Article 1 All human beings are born free and equal. You are worth the same, and have the same rights as anyone else. You are born with the ability to think and to know right from wrong, and should act toward others in a spirit of friendliness. Why we just can't get enough water In many parts of the world, withdrawals of water from the world's rivers, lakes and aquifers now exceeds the rate at which nature can replenish flows. Photograph: Chinafotopress/Getty Images Some international conferences can be turgid events during which policy wonks compete to inflict a didactic death by PowerPoint on their audience. But World Water Week is a rare thing: a genuinely useful talkfest. Refugee crisis: Kiwi's first-hand account of trying to help Kiwi journalist Sophia Duckor-Jones is in Hungary, where the refugee crisis in Europe has come to a head. The former Newstalk ZB reporter shares her first-hand account of trying to help some of the migrants. I didn't really know what to expect when I arrived at Keleti station in Budapest. (App users tap here) Even the word refugee was slightly foreign to me. All I knew were that there were thousands of them, holed up at the station.

First gay marriages on steps of Whatcom County Courthouse Thursday, December 13, 2012 First gay marriages on steps of Whatcom County Courthouse I also like the reflection of background trees in the courthouse windows. Whatcom County Courthouse in Bellingham soon after marriage equality went into effect in Washington State. Posted by Robert Ashworth at 3:47 PM

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