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News Release: "Judicial harassment for political purposes must stop" - UN Special Rapporteur E-mail


News Release: Cambodia: "Judicial harassment for political purposes must stop" - UN Special Rapporteur

18 November 2014

GENEVA (18 November 2014) – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Cambodia, Surya P. Subedi, today urged the Cambodian Government to respect the law and the principle of judicial independence. At the same time, he called on the country’s judiciary to strictly exercise judicial authority independent of any external influence.

“It saddens me to see the courts being used again and again as a tool of the executive,” Mr. Subedi said in response to the recent series of arrests and immediate convictions of land activists and opposition party members.

In the past week, eleven activists have been arrested, swiftly charged and sentenced in mass trials for taking part in non-violent protests. “Since I took up this mandate as the Special Rapporteur, I have seen this happen in Cambodia countless times,” the rights expert stated.

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The UN Secretary-General's Remarks on the 6th ASEAN-UN Summit E-mail

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The Secretary-General

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  Remarks on the 6th ASEAN-UN Summit

Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, 12 November 2014

Your Excellency Mr. Thein Sein,

President of the Union of Myanmar, Excellencies,

Distinguished Ministers,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is a great pleasure and an honour to be in Myanmar again to attend the 6th ASEAN-UN Summit. I congratulate President Thein Sein on Myanmar’s successful first Chairmanship of ASEAN. The United Nations welcomes Myanmar’s emergence to play a more active role in regional and international affairs.

I congratulate Myanmar on its achievements, including ambitious reforms aimed at improving the lives of its people. As the country prepares for a general election in 2015, it will face critical benchmarks. The Government and people of Myanmar can count on the support of the United Nations as they continue the process of democratization, development and national reconciliation.

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The UN Secretary-General's Message on World Toilet Day E-mail

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The Secretary-General

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  Message on World Toilet Day

19 November 2014

One out of three women around the world lack access to safe toilets. As a result they face disease, shame and potential violence when they seek a place to defecate.

A staggering 1.25 billion women and girls would enjoy greater health and increased safety with improved sanitation. Evidence also shows safe and clean toilets encourage girls to stay in school. 

We have a moral imperative to end open defecation and a duty to ensure women and girls are not at risk of assault and rape simply because they lack a sanitation facility. That is why the theme for this year’s World Toilet Day focuses on “Equality, Dignity and the Link Between Gender-Based Violence and Sanitation.”

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