UN Human Rights Council
The main responsibility of the 47 countries that sit on the council is to promote and protect human rights around the world.
I am working in the lobby at my hotel when I see a bus draped in Eritrean flags stop for a red light. Not much later, I sit on a bus heading to the airport to pick up my cousin Abie. I pass a park filled with people all dressed in the colors of the Eritrean flag. When I walk on the streets I hear my native language being spoken everywhere around me.
Encouraging the Palestinians to accede to the ICC, which they have been eligible to do since attaining Observer State status at the UN in 2012, would introduce an accountability mechanism that would deter future violence. It would also provide an incentive for each side to stay at the negotiating table.
The dramatic alignment of Hollywood, politics and the Middle East is not to be. George Clooney's fiancée Amal Alamuddin has
Five years after the civil war ended in Sri Lanka, Sri Lankan security forces are still committing crimes against humanity
Is the UK a passionate defender of human rights? Given the way senior members of the government have attacked them in recent
Traditional values have no place in the international human rights framework. They mask an insidious agenda to obscure and legitimise discrimination. The international community must not allow momentum to build that will further entrench this dangerous narrative, which threatens to erode international human rights protection.
The fact that Israel can unilaterally decide to withdraw from a universal human rights mechanism demonstrates the UN's impotence when it comes to human rights.
The second round of consultations on a UK Bill of Rights closed at the end of September, as did the 21st session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva. Both contain symptoms of the UK's problematic relationship with international human rights law.
Globally, although the indigenous peoples represent only about 5 per cent of the world's population, they occupy one-fifth of entire earth's territory from the Arctic to the South Pacific. Despite their hold over vast swathes of land, indigenous peoples make up 15 per cent of the world's poor and one-third of the world's 900 million extremely poor rural people.