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 A close-up portrait of a Palestinian woman refugee and her son
A portrait of Randa posing with her son in Central Bekaa, Lebanon; “I dream of going back home,” she says
© Christina Malkoun/OHCHR

“For their Sake”: Portraits of Palestinian women refugees from Syria

For the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, the UN Human Rights Office in the Middle East launches an online photo gallery featuring the portraits of 12 women Palestinian Refugees from Syria and their families.
“My children are the center of my dreams at the moment. I hope and dream of them having a better future, I hope they will be able to continue their studies and go back to Syria. For their sake, I still dare to dream,” says Mounira, now living in the Sabra Camp in Lebanon.

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 The Small Arms Survey monitors, evaluates and reports on the proliferation and effects of gun violence © Small Arms Survey

Small arms: A disproportionate impact on women

Arms control is a human rights issue as small arms proliferation inhibits development and humanitarian efforts, says Dr. Anna Alvazzi del Frate, Research director of the NGO Small Arms Survey. Alvazzi says information is key to helping to prevent this violence.

 “Realizing the human rights to water and sanitation”: a handbook providing guidance on human rights to water and sanitation © Danuta Wojciechowska/Lupa Design

Water and sanitation rights explained

Governments, donors and national regulatory bodies who want to take a human rights approach to water and sanitation provision now have a guide. “Realising the human rights to water and sanitation” is a new handbook that provides information and guidance on how to take a human rights approach to the issue.

Human Rights in the news

Zeid urges US to tackle racism / Ferguson
High Commissioner Zeid urges US authorities to conduct in-depth examinations into how race-related issues are affecting law enforcement and the administration of justice, both at the federal and state levels, in the wake of the Ferguson Grand Jury verdict.

Release CIA abuse report - UN experts
A group of UN human rights experts urge US President Barack Obama to support the fullest possible release of the report on Central Intelligence Agency interrogation practices conducted by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, stressing that “the stakes are very high."

Vulture fund litigation
Litigation between Argentina and so-called vulture funds in the US courts highlights the need to take human rights into account when negotiating and ruling on debt restructuring, two UN independent human rights experts have said.

Climate change and human rights
The UN Independent Expert on human rights and international solidarity has urged the States gathering at a global climate change conference in Lima, Peru on Monday to unite and sincerely commit to a new robust legally binding agreement on greenhouse emissions.

Sweden / Afro-Descendants
The United Nations Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent will conduct its first-ever official visit to Sweden from 1 to 5 December 2014 to study the human rights situation of people of African descent in the country.

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