REPORT OF THE WORKING GROUP OF EXPERTS ON PEOPLE OF AFRICAN DESCENT ON ITS 12TH SESSION : ADDENDUM
During the Working Group’s meeting with the Department of Health (DH) it learned
of the health inequalities affecting people of African descent, which included higher rates
of diabetes and stroke among African Caribbean people, higher admission rates as mental
health in-patients among people of African descent and high rates of HIV among Africans
in the United Kingdom. A leading NGO has found that people of African descent in the
United Kingdom are up to three times more likely than the general population to have Type
2 Diabetes. (...) However, the Working
Group welcomes the efforts made by the police to research into the issue of stop and search
by police. A leading think tank on race also found that contact with police in a given year is
a predictor of entering the criminal justice system the following year.
REPORT OF THE SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR ON THE RIGHT TO EDUCATION ON HIS MISSION TO CHILE : NOTE / BY THE SECRETARIAT
His Government pursued a liberal economic policy
leading to a path of privatization in education on the basis of market oriented principles.
(...) More specifically, target 4.1 is to ensure, by 2030,
that all girls and boys complete free, equitable and quality primary and secondary education
leading to relevant and effective learning outcomes. (...) Privatization in education has thrived on false propaganda, leading to the belief that
for-profit private education is of better quality than public education.
VISIT TO ETHIOPIA : REPORT OF THE SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR ON THE PROMOTION AND PROTECTION OF THE RIGHT TO FREEDOM OF OPINION AND EXPRESSION
Second, the law’s
excessive vagueness means that officials at the federal and regional levels would have
practically unbounded discretion to determine whom to investigate and prosecute, resulting
almost certainly in enforcement leading to a wave of arbitrary arrests and prosecutions.
(...) These factors include: (a) context; (b) speaker; (c) intent; (d)
content and form; (e) extent of the speech act; and (f) likelihood, including imminence, of
incitement leading to violence. If the Hate Speech and Disinformation Prevention and
Suppression Proclamation were to comply with these standards, and its implementation
were to be carefully planned with all relevant stakeholders at the regional level, it could
very well achieve its intended objectives, while ensuring that individuals did not fear for
their safety, nor self-censor.
36. (...) Instead, information is sporadically dispersed from various sources, leading to the
inevitable spread of disinformation and mistrust.
VISIT TO NORWAY : REPORT OF THE SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR ON THE ISSUE OF HUMAN RIGHTS OBLIGATIONS RELATING TO THE ENJOYMENT OF A SAFE, CLEAN, HEALTHY AND SUSTAINABLE ENVIRONMENT
The United Nations High Commissioner for Human
Rights has warned that “the world has never seen a human rights threat of this scope”.15
Norway, as one of the world’s wealthiest nations and a major producer of oil and gas, must
accept substantial responsibility for leading efforts in mitigation and adaptation, and
addressing loss and damage.
29. (...) The Norwegian International Climate and Forest Initiative, which provides
substantial funding to nations with large areas of tropical forest to prevent deforestation, is
a leading example of good practice. Norway is also one of the largest donors to the Green
Climate Fund, which finances mitigation and adaptation in developing countries, and it
recently announced a doubling of its contribution for the period 2020–2023.
31. (...) Transportation
39. Norway is leading the global transition to zero-emission transportation.
REPORT OF THE SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR ON FREEDOM OF RELIGION AND BELIEF ON HIS MISSION TO DENMARK : NOTE / BY THE SECRETARIAT
In 2000, Sweden finally
separated State and Church and, in Norway, a similar process that started a few years ago is
expected to lead to a formally independent Church in 2017.
13. (...) Without denying that such
religious extremism warrants a clear political response, the Muslim interlocutors had been
taken aback by the promptness of harsh rhetorical reactions that somehow targeted the
Muslim communities as a whole, for instance, by freezing plans to build a mosque.
Moreover, some leading politicians reportedly made cryptic statements about putting an
end to policies of tolerance without specifying what that meant. (...) Some of the remarks made by leading politicians in reaction to the television
documentary could hypothetically indicate a political move back to a literal understanding
of article 67 of the Constitution, including its far-reaching limitation clause that “nothing at
variance with good morals or public order shall be taught or done”.
REPORT OF THE INDEPENDENT EXPERT ON THE ENJOYMENT OF ALL HUMAN RIGHTS BY OLDER PERSONS ON HER MISSION TO GEORGIA :NOTE / BY THE SECRETARIAT
Between 2012 and 2014, the Government significantly expanded social spending,
leading to growth of 60 per cent in real terms, led by pensions, health and other direct
transfers benefiting older persons, with an important impact on poverty reduction. (...) While Georgia has a very large number of doctors per capita, the number of nurses
is in continual decline, leading to a ratio of nurses to doctors that is the lowest in Europe.
REPORT OF THE SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE OF THE SECRETARY-GENERAL ON THE ISSUE OF HUMAN RIGHTS AND TRANSNATIONAL CORPORATIONS AND OTHER BUSINESS ENTERPRISES : ADDENDUM
Beyond compliance with national laws, therefore,
business policies and practices in the area of human rights remain largely voluntary, inevitably
leading to differential rates of uptake and levels of performance. (...) Nevertheless, the SRSG’s survey of the Global Fortune 500 firms indicates that the
discourse of human rights is gaining recognition in the corporate arena. The leading global
companies report having core elements of human rights policies or management practices in
place. (...) If so, the
results would be descriptive of the leading firms’ activities rather than average performers.
REPORT OF THE SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR ON VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN, ITS CAUSES AND CONSEQUENCES, RASHIDA MANJOO :ADDENDUM
the circumstances leading to incidents of intimate partner violence, interviewees mostly
indicated economic problems and alcohol abuse.
11. (...) It
appears that there has been a significant decrease in political participation of women since
the country’s independence in 1991, leading to a drop from 39 per cent of women
15 United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), The Status of IDP Women in Azerbaijan:
a Rapid Assessment (Baku, 2006).
16 Inter-Parliamentary Union/UN-Women, “Women in politics: 2014, situation on 1 January 2014”.
(...) The Special Rapporteur stressed that, while the leading and coordinating role of the
Committee regarding gender issues is commendable, the promotion and protection of
women’s rights remains the responsibility of all State actors.
LETTER DATED 29 DECEMBER 2020 FROM THE PRESIDENT OF THE SECURITY COUNCIL ADDRESSED TO THE SECRETARY-GENERAL AND THE PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVES OF THE MEMBERS OF THE SECURITY COUNCIL
29 December 2020
Resolution 2560 (2020)
Adopted by the Security Council on 29 December 2020
The Security Council,
Recalling its resolutions 1267 (1999), 1333 (2000), 1363 (2001), 1373 (2001),
1390 (2002), 1452 (2002), 1455 (2003), 1526 (2004), 1566 (2004), 1617 (2005), 1624
(2005), 1699 (2006), 1730 (2006), 1735 (2006), 1822 (2008), 1904 (2009), 1988
(2011), 1989 (2011), 2083 (2012), 2133 (2014), 2161 (2014), 2170 (2014), 2178
(2014), 2195 (2014), 2199 (2015), 2214 (2015), 2249 (2015), 2253 (2015), 2309
(2016), 2322 (2016), 2331 (2016), 2341 (2017), 2347 (2017), 2349 (2017), 2354
(2017), 2368 (2017), 2379 (2017), 2388 (2017), 2396 (2017), 2427 (2018), 2462
(2019), 2482 (2019),
Expressing its gravest concern about the presence, ideology, and actions of ISIL
and Al-Qaida, and the growing presence of their affiliates around the world,
Recalling the importance of Member States fulfilling all of their obligations
under the Charter of the United Nations,
Emphasizing that sanctions are an important tool under the Charter of the United
Nations in the maintenance and restoration of international peace and security,
including in support of countering terrorism,
Stressing the important role of the 1267/1989/2253 ISIL (Da’esh) and Al-Qaida
Sanctions Committee plays in identifying possible cases of non-compliance with the
measures pursuant to Resolution 2368 (2017), including its role in determining the
appropriate course of action on each case,
Recalling the Committee’s position on Recommendations of the Analytical
Support and Sanctions Monitoring Team contained in its twenty-sixth report of
26 June 2020 regarding asset-freezing actions and their implementation,
Reaffirming the need to combat by all means, in accordance with the Charter of
the United Nations and international law, including applicable international human
rights law, international refugee law, and international humanitarian law, threats to
international peace and security caused by terrorist acts, stressing in this regard the
important role the United Nations plays in leading and coordinating this effort,
Recognizing that development, security, and human rights are mutually
reinforcing and are vital to an effective and comprehensive approach to countering
terrorism, and underlining that a particular goal of counter-terrorism strategies should
be to ensure sustainable peace and security,
Recognizing the need to take measures to increase fairness, and the effectiveness
of the rules and procedures of the Committee, and reiterating the importance of the
Office of the Ombudsperson,
LETTER DATED 2004/11/16 FROM THE PERMANENT MISSION OF CUBA TO THE UNITED NATIONS AT GENEVA ADDRESSED TO THE UNITED NATIONS HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS
The United States Government is the world’s leading violator of human rights. It is
that Government which, by means of a cruel, inhuman and genocidal blockade, has for more
than 40 years violated the human rights of the entire Cuban people.