Navi Pillay

Confronting Collusion

Yasmin Khatun Dewan | Posted 22.10.2014 | UK Politics
Yasmin Khatun Dewan

Our involvement in war and arms must be confronted; we cannot continue to collude with criminals and must own up to the roles that we play. Too many have suffered and too many are suffering.

Those Who Kill UN Staff in Gaza Must Be Held Accountable

Ian Richards | Posted 06.10.2014 | UK Politics
Ian Richards

Over the past four weeks the world has watched a humanitarian tragedy unfold in Gaza. For UN staff like me it has been particularly tough. Nine of our schools have been attacked, 11 of my colleagues have been killed. They include Ahmed Mohamed Mohamed Ahmed, a school principal, Inas Shaban Derbas, a 30 year-old teacher and the youngest, Abdallah Naser Khalil Fahajan, who at 21 was a school attendant. UN chief, secretary-general Ban Ki-moon called the most recent attack on Sunday, which took place next to a boys' prep school in Rafah and led to nine deaths including that of a colleague: "a moral outrage and a criminal act."

North Korea: Do You Hear the People Sing?

Benedict Rogers | Posted 30.03.2013 | UK
Benedict Rogers

North Korea is ruled by the only dictatorship in the world that is both a dynasty and, in its own propaganda, a deity. If you worship anything other than the Kim family, you end up in one of the prison camps, or kwan-li-so.

Is the Collapse of the Syrian Regime Imminent?

Nehad Ismail | Posted 29.01.2013 | UK
Nehad Ismail

At long last anti-aircraft weapons are getting through to the rebels. The Free Syrian Army fighters have recently made significant successes on the ground and managed to shoot down five fighter jets including a military helicopter in the space of two days.

Emergency UN Human Rights Council Offers Further Condemnation Of Syria

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 01.06.2012 | UK

The UN's human rights chief has warned that Syria could descend into all-out civil war unless UN member states demand an independent inquiry into the ...

The Syrian Regime Will Only Respond to the Big Stick

Nehad Ismail | Posted 10.06.2012 | UK Politics
Nehad Ismail

Kofi Annan's initiative is in trouble. The Syrian regime declared its acceptance of the UN sponsored plan on March 27th 2012. The main requirement of the plan is the pulling back of the Syrian troops from Syrian cities by April 10th and all fighting to stop within 48 hours after that.. There is no chance of that.

Assad's Forces 'Torturing Children' But Armed Rebels Accused Of Using Child Soldiers

Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 28.05.2012 | UK

Syrian forces are "systematically" torturing children held in detention, the UN human rights commissioner, Navi Pillay, has told the BBC. Reports h...

UN Human Rights Chief: Syrian Regime 'Emboldened' By International Failures

Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 14.04.2012 | UK

The Syrian regime had been "emboldened" by the UN security council's failure to condemn violence being committed against its civilians, the organisati...

UN Calls For 'Action' On Syria After 50 More Killed In 'Heaviest' Bombardment

Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 09.04.2012 | UK

Syrian government forces have continued shelling the city of Homs for a fifth day in some of the heaviest bombardment seen so far, prompting the UN to...

PICTURES: UN Chief Calls For Investigation Into Egypt's 'Excessive Use Of Force'

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 23.01.2012 | UK

The United Nations has called for an independent investigation into the killing of protesters in Egypt as violence in the capital continues to rage. ...

UN Rights Body To Investigate Syria Crackdown

BBC | Posted 24.10.2011 | UK

The UN Human Rights Council has ordered an investigation into violations reportedly committed by Syrian security forces during the crackdown on dissen...