United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and outgoing High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al-Hussein have praised the General Assembly for approving the nomination of former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet. "She has all the attributes -- courage, perseverance, passion, and a deep commitment to human rights -- to make her a successful high commissioner," Zeid said.
The United Nations Security Council is considering a recommendation from Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to renew the UN Regional Office for Central Africa's mandate through August 2021. The council has condemned "incitement to ethnic and religious hatred and violence" in Central African Republic and raised concerns about violence and other problems elsewhere in the region.
The United Nations refugee agency, World Health Organization and others are attempting to deal with an outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo and keep it from spreading to other countries. "This will be a highly complex operation because it is occurring in an area that has been embroiled in armed conflict for 20 years," says Hanna Leskinen of the International Committee of the Red Cross.
More women are holding political office in Latin American countries, but culturally embedded stereotypes and discrimination are hampering equal representation in countries such as Brazil, according to this analysis. "There are multiple and varied obstacles and for those who do or try to do so, it means facing a set of discriminatory practices, stereotypes, a culture of privilege, cultural patterns and models that has not been, and still is not easy to confront," says Alejandra Valdes of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean.
Indigenous populations' close ties to and reliance on local ecosystems mean they are being disproportionately impacted by climate change, despite contributing less to the causes of climate change than the rest of the world, writes Jamison Ervin, manager of the United Nations Development Programme's Global Programme on Nature for Development.
Reports suggests 1 million or more Uighurs are being held in secret Chinese internment camps where they are being treated as "enemies of the state," United Nations officials say. China "has turned the Uighur autonomous region into something that resembles a massive internment camp that is shrouded in secrecy," said Gay McDougall of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
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