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 A man and a woman use their smartphones as they wait at a train station in Bangkok, Thailand, May 2015 © EPA/ NARONG SANGNAK
A man and a woman use their smartphones as they wait for a BTS sky train at a station in Bangkok, Thailand, 25 May 2015.
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Human rights, encryption and anonymity in a digital age

Newly appointed Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression, David Kaye, sees encryption and anonymity of digital communications as a means to safeguard the rights to privacy and free speech for everyone, including members of the press, political dissidents and minorities, whose right to seek, receive and impart information online has been denied worldwide.
 
“Encryption and anonymity have become critical enablers of freedom of opinion and expression in the digital age, protecting the security and privacy not only of our communications – to be technical, our data in transit – but also our data at rest, that is, the information and ideas that we store on our laptops, tablets, smartphones and in the cloud,” he says.


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UN Human Rights Office researches abuses of Boko Haram

The atrocities and human rights abuses committed by Boko Haram are the focus of a special investigation by the UN Human Rights Office. The investigation, authorized by the Human Rights Council earlier this year, will interview provide background information for an oral report by the High Commissioner for Human Rights.



 A victim of torture demonstrates how he was tortured in Syria. © ©OHCHR

Supporting victims of torture and rebuilding lives

On the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon commits to leading the United Nations in denouncing torture and defending human rights around the world.



Human Rights in the news

Boko Haram
"The violations committed by Boko Haram are extensive and far-reaching, demanding a response of commensurate magnitude," says High Commissioner Zeid at the 29th session of Human Rights Council.

Joint statement on South East Asia
Joint Statement by UNHCR, OHCHR, IOM, the SRSG for Migration and Development and UNODC calling for a comprehensive people-oriented approach to the irregular movement of migrants and refugees in South East Asia.

High Commissioner in the Republic of Korea
Opening remarks by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein at a press conference during his mission to the Republic of Korea

Racial and ethnic profiling
States must step up efforts to counter the widespread practice racial and ethnic profiling, says the UN Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, Mutuma Ruteere.

Death penalty in the US
The UN Special Rapporteurs on summary executions and torture urge the US Government to adopt a federal moratorium on the imposition of the death penalty with a view of abolishing it.

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