Recent Press Releases & Meeting Summaries
Today's Press Conferences
OHCHR Press Conference (Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights while countering terrorism)
12 March 2014 14:30 - 15:15
The Special Rapporteur will talk about his annual report to the Human Rights Council on the use of remotely piloted aircraft, or drones, in extraterritorial lethal counter-terrorism operations, and allegations that increased use of drones has caused disproportionate civilian casualties. The expert will also refer to his reports on his 2013 missions to Burkina Faso and Chile
Mr. Ben EMMERSON, Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights while countering terrorism
Upcoming Press Conferences
Press Conference by the SRSG for Children and Armed Conflict
13 March 2014 10:15 - 11:00
Special Representative Leila Zerrougui will brief the press on the presentation of her annual report to the Human Rights Council and the launch of the campaign Children, not Soldiers to end the recruitment of children by Government armed forces in conflict by 2016.
Leila Zerrougui, SRSG for Children and Armed Conflict
OHCHR Press Conference (Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief)
13 March 2014 13:30 - 14:15
Report on collective religious hatred by the Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief to the Human Rights Council.
The report focuses on the need to tackle manifestations of collective religious hatred. It examines root-causes and aggravating political factors as a pre-condition to developing effective prevention and coping strategies. The report stresses that sentiments of collective religious hatred are often caused by a combination of fear and contempt which can trigger a vicious cycle of mistrust, narrow-mindedness and collective hysteria. It also identifies aggravating political factors, such as endemic corruption, an authoritarian political atmosphere, and the harnessing of religion for the purposes of national identity politics. In response, the report stresses the need to adopt trust building activities, including establishing trustworthy public institutions and promoting meaningful communication, in particular between different religious or belief communities.
Mr. Heiner Bielfeldt (Germany), Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief.
OHCHR Press Conference (Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Myanmar)
14 March 2014 15:00 - 15:45
The Special Rapporteur presents his final report to the Human Rights Council
which, in the context of the ongoing democratic transition, looks at the serious situation in Rakhine State, the next steps needed to secure peace in the ethnic border areas, and the ongoing arrests of journalists and people protesting evictions and land confiscations in the face of large-scale development projects. He takes a look back at the six years he has spent on this mandate, reflecting on how far the country has progressed and how much further reforms still need to go.
Mr. Tomás Ojea QUINTANA, Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Myanmar