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Human rights under assault worldwide: United Nations chief

Atta Ur Rehman KhanWeb Editor & Columnist

24th Feb, 2020. 08:38 pm
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Human rights

United Nations chief Antonio Guterres calls human rights the ultimate tool to help societies grow in freedom.  He laments the erosion of these rights, noting that no country is immune.

“Human rights are under assault,” said the secretary-general as he opened the UN Human Rights Council’s main annual session in Geneva.

“We see civilians trapped in war-torn enclaves, starved and bombarded in clear violation of international law,” Guterres said. “Human trafficking affecting every region in the world, preying on vulnerability and despair… People are being left behind.  Fears are growing.  Divisions are widening.  And, some leaders are exploiting anxieties to broaden those gaps to the breaking point.”

According to the details, UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet also stressed the need for urgent action on human rights.

“Let us not deliver to our young people and to their children an uncontrollable firestorm of intersecting and escalating human rights crises,” she told the council.

Guterres launched a “call to action” to “people everywhere” to take action in seven areas — including halting violence against women and girls, boosting protection for people trapped in conflict and recognising the challenges created by the climate crisis and new technologies.

“We see a push back against women’s rights, alarming levels of femicide, attacks on women human rights defenders, and the persistence of laws and policies that perpetuate subjugation and exclusion,” Guterres said

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