World in worst ‘cascade of human rights setbacks in our lifetimes’: UN

The UN rights chief called for “concerted action” to help recover from the worst global deterioration of rights seen in decades, highlighting situations in Russia and Ethiopia among others.

Michelle Bachelet told the opening of the UN Human Rights Council’s 47th session, “To recover from the most wide-reaching and severe cascade of human rights setbacks in our lifetimes, we need a life-changing vision, and concerted action. Extreme poverty, inequalities and injustice are rising. Democratic and civic space is being eroded.”

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights voiced deep concern about a number of country situations.

She was “deeply disturbed” by reports of “serious violations” in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region, wracked by war, with some 350,000 threatened by famine.

She pointed to “extrajudicial executions, arbitrary arrests and detentions, sexual violence against children as well as adults, and forced displacement.”


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