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 Man holds sign asking ending to state killing
Anti-death penalty protestor stands outside a prison in the United States of America.  Many murder victims’ families believe that responding to one killing with another does not honour the victim, said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon.

Death penalty victims’ families deserve respect, panellists say

As more nations move toward abolishing the death penalty, the rights and needs of victims and their families need to respected, said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon.
“This implies that all victims should be fully informed about such processes, which should be inexpensive and allow for the presentation of victims' views and concerns,” Mr. Ban stated in a message during the event Moving Away from the Death Penalty: Voices of Victims’ Families. The event took place during the UN General Assembly, taking place in New York this week.

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 High Commissioner meets with intersex activists in Geneva, Switzerland, 2015 © Michael van Gelderen/OHCHR

A step forward for intersex visibility and human rights

The UN Human Rights Office organized the first meeting of its kind for the United Nations to address the specific human rights situation of intersex persons in Geneva, Switzerland.

 (Destroyed buildings in al-Mleiha town just outside Damascus, Syria © Credit EPA/YOUSSEF BADAWI)

Crying Out for Justice: the Continued Plight of Syrian Civilians

The latest UN Commission of Inquiry report on the Syrian Arab Republic calls for urgent action to ensure the effective protection of civilians caught up in protracted fighting. The report, the tenth from the Commission, was presented during an interactive dialogue at the 30th session of the Human Rights Council.

Human Rights in the news

Sri Lanka investigation report
High Commissioner Zeid presents the report of the OHCHR investigation on Sri Lanka to the Human Rights Council on alleged serious violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law during and after the armed conflict in the country.

Zeid visits Mexico
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on Monday begins a three-day visit to Mexico - his first official visit to the country since he took office last year.

Death penalty in Pakistan
“Pakistan continues to execute child offenders” – UN experts urge the authorities to investigate all cases where biased age determination processes have led to sentencing of children to death.

Somalia ratifies Child Rights Convention
The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child welcomes Somalia’s ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, as the 196th State to do so. The Committee repeats its call for universal ratification of the Convention.

Zeid / Civilians in Kunduz, Afghanistan
High Commissioner Zeid expressed deep concern about the human rights situation in Afghanistan's northeastern city of Kunduz following a major Taliban attack on Monday, 28 September and urged both parties to the conflict to take all measures to protect civilians from harm.

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