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The UN Secretary-General's Message on the Elimination of Violence Against Women E-mail

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  Message the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

25 November 2014

Sexual and gender-based violence is the most extreme form of the global and systemic inequality experienced by women and girls. It knows no geographic, socio-economic or cultural boundaries. Worldwide, one in three women will suffer physical or sexual violence at some point in her life, from rape and domestic violence to harassment at work and bullying on the internet. 

This year alone, more than 200 girls have been kidnapped in Nigeria; we have seen graphic testimony from Iraqi women of rape and sexual slavery during conflict; two Indian schoolgirls were raped, killed and hung from a tree; and in the United States, there have been high-profile cases of sexual violence on sports teams and university campuses.

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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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  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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