Category Archives: Press releases

WHO calls for urgent action to curb hepatitis

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23 JULY 2015 ¦ GENEVA On World Hepatitis Day (28 July) WHO highlights the urgent need for countries to enhance action to prevent viral hepatitis infection and to ensure that people who have been infected are diagnosed and offered treatment. This year, the Organization is focusing particularly on hepatitis B and C, which together cause approximately 80% of all liver cancer deaths and kill close to 1.4 million people every year. Continue reading

“Historic Action Plan for Albinism in Africa”

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DAR ES SALAAM, 20 June 2016 – A three-day regional forum for action on albinism in Africa just concluded in Tanzania with a first-ever action plan developed. The forum which took place in Dar es Salaam from 17 to 19 June was hosted by the United Nations Independent Expert, Ms Ikponwosa Ero and partners.* “The forum had over 150 participants from 29 countries in the region including governments, non-governmental organizations, national human rights institutions, activists, human rights specialists from the UN and AU as well as academics.” Said the Expert. Continue reading

UN launches worldwide search for exceptional young leaders to help achieve Sustainable Development Goals

Young Leaders will collaborate with UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth to help end poverty, combat climate change and reduce inequality

 UN Headquarters, New York,15 June 2016-The United Nations today launched a new initiative to recognize exceptional young people who are leaders in the effort to end poverty, combat climate change and reduce inequalities.  Spear-headed by the Office of the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, the UN Young Leaders Initiative will recognize on an annual basis 17 young leaders who are driving change to help realize the Sustainable Development Goals. Continue reading

“Less talk and more action on albinism in Africa” – UN expert launches first-ever regional forum on albinism


DAR ES SALAAM / GENEVA, 15 June 2016 – The first-ever regional forum for Action on Albinism in Africa will take place in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania from 17-19 June. The event hosted by the United Nations Independent Expert on albinism, Ikponwosa Ero* will develop specific measures to tackle the attacks and discrimination faced by persons with albinism in several countries in the region. Continue reading

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day – 15 June 2015

“Tomorrow it may well be you” – UN rights expert calls on everyone to report elder abuse

GENEVA 14 JUNE 2015Speaking ahead of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day*, on 15 June, the United Nations Independent Expert on the enjoyment of all human rights by older persons, Rosa Kornfeld-Matte, warns that insufficient action is being taken to stop elder abuse around the world.

Ms. Kornfeld-Matte calls on everyone who suspects a case of elder abuse to immediately report this widespread and serious human rights violation of older persons.

“One in ten older persons experience abuse every month. So, tomorrow it may well be you.
Elder abuse occurs anywhere in institutional settings, but often also at home, and it affects older persons across all socio-economic groups. Manifestations include physical violence, sexual or emotional abuse, abandonment, and neglect, as well as financial or material exploitation.

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“If you try to run, they shoot you; if you stop working they beat you. It was just like the slave trade.”

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UNICEF reports on the dangers facing unaccompanied adolescent refugees and migrants fleeing to Europe

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Twins Aimamo and Ibrahim, 16, at a beach in Trabia, Italy, on May 14, 2016. They live at Rainbow, a center for unaccompanied boys.


GENEVA, 14 June 2016 – More than 9 out of 10 refugee and migrant children arriving in Europe this year through Italy are unaccompanied, prompting UNICEF to warn of the growing threats of abuse, exploitation and death facing them.

In a report, Danger Every Step of the Way, released today, UNICEF says that 7,009 unaccompanied children made the crossing from North Africa to Italy in the first five months of the year, twice as many as last year. Continue reading