Tuesday, 17 January 2017

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Nelson Mandela International Day: Take Action! Inspire Change

mandeladay2012This year on 18 July, the world will be celebrating Mr. Nelson Mandela's 94th birthday!

For 67 years Nelson Mandela devoted his life to the service of humanity — as a human rights lawyer, a prisoner of conscience, an international peacemaker and the first democratically elected president of a free South Africa.

The UN is joining a call by the Nelson Mandela Foundation to devote 67 minutes of time to helping others, as a way to mark Nelson Mandela International Day.


LIVE launch of the Global Commission on HIV and the Law landmark Report 'HIV and the Law: Risks, Rights & Health'

HIVandLAWStay tuned today for the LIVE launch of the Global Commission on HIV and the Law landmark Report 'HIV and the Law: Risks, Rights & Health', today 9 July, 21:00 CET.

The two-hour inter-active dialogue, “Bringing the Law Closer to People”, will be moderated by Zeinab Badawi of the BBC. The dialogue will focus on how the law can be used to effectively protect and promote the rights of people living with HIV and those affected by HIV – and how this can advance health, development and human rights goals.


Ask Jim Kim: New World Bank President

askjimkim-4Join the World Bank in welcoming the new World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim

Dr. Kim is already hard at work and believes it's more important than ever that we deliver results on the ground and amplify the voices of the poor. He says to do that, we need to draw on the expertise of the people. 

So he would like to hear from you:
What are your views on the best ways to eradicate poverty?
What are the most exciting innovations that can bring greater prosperity to everyone?
How can we harness the great experience that exists in member countries?
What questions do you have for the World Bank?


UN meeting to discuss fair trial and due process for alleged terrorists in European countries


Brussels – European government representatives, judicial and human rights experts and senior United Nations officials will meet in Brussels this week to discuss challenges European countries face in ensuring fair criminal trials and due process in the course of fighting terrorism.

Issues to be discussed at the 5-6 July meeting include administrative detention without charge or trial; incommunicado detention; extradition of terrorism suspects; access to legal counsel for the accused; access to evidence for the criminal defence; the use of secret and intelligence information and information obtained under duress as evidence in trial; special courts, special advocates and other special procedures for individuals accused of terrorism acts and extraordinary renditions. It will consider how to better ensure accountability for human rights violations occurring in this context.


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