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2013-2014 was a year of ‘devastating impact on human rights’ | HC Zeid to UN General Assembly

I am honoured to present this report on the work accomplished by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights between August 2013 and July 2014, under my predecessor, Navi Pillay. The breadth and depth of the achievements that it outlines are impressive.

During this period, at a time of deepening turmoil in the world, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights was under pressure on multiple fronts. From the relentless slaughter in Syria and its spill-over to a new wave of barbarity in Iraq; from the deplorable conflict in Ukraine to the entirely avoidable bloodshed in South Sudan – and, at the end of this reporting period, the slow, smouldering spread of Ebola –

2013-2014 was a year of devastating impact on human rights.

A toxic tide of discrimination and xenophobia has undermined the dignity, equality and rights of people in numerous States. The right to development has been threatened by austerity policies that disproportionately burden the poor and marginalised, as well as by corruption; by failures to prioritize public services; and by refusal to uphold people’s right to participate in decisions that shape their lives. Migrants have continued to endure appalling suffering, with recent events at sea demonstrating a striking disregard for human life and human rights. The individual agency of women has been viciously and violently attacked in some States, while many more continue to fail to uphold women’s equality.

On all these topics and more, solutions can only come from more emphatic and comprehensive protection of human rights.

For more on this story, visit: Where global solutions are shaped for you | News & Media | STATEMENT BY UNITED NATIONS HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS, ZEID RA’AD AL HUSSEIN.

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