NOTE VERBALE DATED 2007/02/19 FROM THE PERMANENT MISSION OF AUSTRALIA TO THE UNITED NATIONS OFFICE AT GENEVA ADDRESSED TO THE OFFICE OF THE HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS
She said Chris must have got wild “… cos Cameron punched him in
the face”. 4
She went on to explain, “Cause I can seen Chris’ face, he- you know, he wasn’t
happy after Cameron hit him in the face, you know. (...) The family might harass me or something you know”. To which
Inspector Webber merely responded, “Oh, OK.”
(...) There was people, you know- there was
people’s houses where he was. So I drove down to him.
LETTER DATED 29 JUNE 2016 FROM THE PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE OF AZERBAIJAN TO THE UNITED NATIONS OFFICE AT GENEVA ADDRESSED TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL
And the main idea
is how to bring representatives of different religions together and how to establish more
understanding between us.
(...) So we had probably one of the highest per capita
numbers of refugees and IDPs.
And we know how difficult it is to accommodate them, to provide decent conditions
for them. (...) As a country which suffered and continues
to suffer from occupation, we know how difficult it is from all point of views, from
political, moral, economic and social points of view.
LETTER DATED 1 NOVEMBER 2022 FROM THE PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION TO THE UNITED NATIONS ADDRESSED TO THE SECRETARY-GENERAL AND THE PRESIDENT OF THE SECURITY COUNCIL
So, life shows how accurate our previous
years’ projections were.
Dostoevsky will live on, as will Tchaikovsky, Pushkin, no matter how much they
would have liked the opposite.
(...) There is no stability
in anything. How documents are signed, what was discussed, what can we hope for –
all this is completely unclear.
LETTER DATED 2008/06/30 FROM THE PERMANENT MISSION OF CUBA TO THE UNITED NATIONS HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS AND THE PRESIDENT OF THE HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL
adds: “I wanted you to know this and to tell my friend, of whom I am also proud.” Because he
had sent her a message saying how proud he was to see how she was fighting to have his
(...) So we are here today to ask, what does the United States Government know about this
whole plot? What does the Secretary of State know?
LETTER DATED 22 JUNE 2022 FROM THE PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION TO THE UNITED NATIONS ADDRESSED TO THE SECRETARY-GENERAL AND THE PRESIDENT OF THE SECURITY COUNCIL
They have no knowledge how to
do things. This is how we are going to win this war.”
the way, so that you know, Adolf Hitler was the
highest person practicing direct democracy in the
1930s.” (...) (/apostrophe.ua/, 13 March 2019)
“We know that Crimea is not theirs, Crimea is ours.
WRITTEN SUBMISSION BY THE UNITED KINGDOM OF GREAT BRITAIN AND NORTHERN IRELAND: EQUALITY AND HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION (EHRC) - NOTE BY THE SECRETARIAT
We found that whilst many local authorities are confident in understanding the data
protection risks, they are less clear on how legislation such as the Equality Act 2010 and
Human Rights Act 1998 should be applied.”21
Potential discrimination in online job adverts
Research carried out by Global Witness has highlighted how the algorithm used by Facebook
Careers to promote job adverts may encourage discrimination. (...) Global Witness also created four ads for vacancies for
mechanics, nursery nurses, pilots and psychologists and set no parameters as to how
Facebook should target the adverts, leaving the platform’s algorithm as the sole driver for the
promotion. (...) Research has shown that false
positive and negative results from facial recognition software disproportionately affect ethnic
minority groups, with an increased rate of failure for Black women.25 In the context of border
control, similar issues have been identified after Freedom of Information requests to the HM
Passport Office highlighted issues with the passport checker deployed at airports, which was
less effective for people with “very light or very dark skin”.26 On this issue, the EHRC
commented “[w]e are disappointed that the government is proceeding with the
18 Haringey Council (2020), Report of the Director for Customers, Transformations and Resources.
19 Colchester Borough Council (2020), Housing Benefit and Local Council Tax Support privacy notice.
20 Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation (2020), Independent report - Review into bias in algorithmic
22 Global Witness (2021), How Facebook’s ad targeting may be in breach of UK equality and data
23 BBC (2021), Facebook accused of allowing sexist job advertising.
24 Global Witness (2021), How Facebook’s ad targeting may be in breach of UK equality and data
25 Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab (2018), Gender Shades.
26 What do they know (2019), Freedom of Information request 'Skin colour in the Photo Checking
LETTER DATED 7 AUGUST 2020 FROM THE REPRESENTATIVES OF AFGHANISTAN, GERMANY, INDONESIA AND THE UNITED KINGDOM OF GREAT BRITAIN AND NORTHERN IRELAND TO THE UNITED NATIONS ADDRESSED TO THE SECRETARY-GENERAL
Then they started focusing on how they could themselves contribute to
“social peace” within their own social environment – in other words how to unlearn the
violent reflexes of the preceding decades of war, and relearn how to live together in
peace and harmony. (...) How do we invest in women with social tools? What are the social tools? (...) Today, I would like to briefly speak on the Afghan constitution and how it will be
affected in the peace process and how that impacts the life of Afghan women.
PROMOTION AND PROTECTION OF ALL HUMAN RIGHTS, CIVIL, POLITICAL, ECONOMIC, SOCIAL AND CULTURAL RIGHTS, INCLUDING THE RIGHT TO DEVELOPMENT :INFORMATION / SUBMITTED BY THE AFGHANISTAN INDEPENDENT HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION ; NOTE BY THE SECRETARIAT
This report concludes with specific recommendations for all parties on how to address these
concerns better in the future. (...) Afghans in these regions generally know stories of
friends or family members who have been awakened in the middle of the night to be tied up, and
often abused by a group of armed men. (...) It was difficult to verify how many of the 49 killed were combatants or civilians.
REPORT OF THE SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE OF THE SECRETARY-GENERAL ON THE ISSUE OF HUMAN RIGHTS AND TRANSNATIONAL CORPORATIONS AND OTHER BUSINESS ENTERPRISES, JOHN RUGGIE : ADDENDUM
Enterprises need clarity
on how to achieve this in a manageable and sustainable way.
4. (...) In light of these exchanges, the participating companies identified how they
wished to take forward the process of aligning their grievance procedures with the
principles. (...) One of the points of
learning was just how important this element is in the context of operational-level grievance
REPORT OF THE SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE OF THE SECRETARY-GENERAL ON THE ISSUE OF HUMAN RIGHTS AND TRANSNATIONAL CORPORATIONS AND OTHER BUSINESS ENTERPRISES : ADDENDUM
could be permitted to submit amicus briefs as to why and how arbitrators should consider human
rights issues. (...) Further, more thought should be given to
how ECAs may better coordinate at the multilateral level, including through the OECD.
(c) How could States deal with wrongdoing by their companies in conflict zones？