Fri 12th Waning Moon of Phagguṇa B.E.2560, March 24, A.D.2017 Year of the Monkey
Statement by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination,
21 March 2017
The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is an annual reminder to us all to do more to combat racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia, hate speech and hate crimes.
But 21 March needs to be more than a reminder. People of African descent continue to be victims of racist hate crimes and racism in all areas of life. Anti-Semitism continues to rear its ugly head from the US to Europe to the Middle East and beyond. Muslim women wearing headscarves face increasing verbal, and even physical, abuse in a number of countries. In Latin America, indigenous peoples continue to endure stigmatization, including in the media.
United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy, Joseph Cannataci. Photo UN
Thu 12th Waxing Moon of Phagguṇa B.E.2560, March 9, A.D.2017 Year of the Monkey
Geneva (08 March 2017) – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy, Joseph Cannataci, has presented his report to the Human Rights Council, denouncing current surveillance legislation and calling for States to respect privacy as a universal right in the digital age.
Mr Cannataci said: “The issue of governmental surveillance deserves more attention than ever. I am deeply concerned that the right to privacy will simply not experience a full transition to the digital age. In general, laws have been drafted and rushed through the legislative process of States with clear political majorities to legitimize practices that should never have been implemented.”
Sat 14th Waning Moon of Māgha B.E.2560, February 23, A.D.2017 Year of the Monkey
Amnesty International | Protect Human Rights
Crackdown on the rights to freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly intensified ahead of elections in 2017/2018. The authorities’ misuse of the justice system increased; the security forces continued to harass and punish civil society and silence critics. Human rights defenders were arrested and held in pre-trial detention; several were tried and sentenced, including for previous alleged offences, and others were given suspended sentences or had charges pending against them. Political opposition was targeted, with activists serving long sentences handed down in previous years and new legal action taken against opposition party leaders and others. A prominent political commentator was shot dead and impunity continued for past unlawful killings.
Parliamentarians from across Southeast Asia today decried an effort to fast-track legislation by the ruling party in Cambodia targeting the political opposition, and called on regional and international actors to condemn the move as well.