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UNHRC chief Michelle Bachelet was making her opening statement at the 48th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. (Archive)

J&K curbs may violate human rights; use of UAPA worrying, says UNHRC chief

By HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 14, 2021 01:34 AM IST
In the past, India has described such criticism as interference in the country’s internal matters based on inadequate understanding of the ground situation.
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet delivers a speech at a special session of the UN Human Rights Council on Afghanistan.(AFP)
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet delivers a speech at a special session of the UN Human Rights Council on Afghanistan.(AFP)

Credible reports of executions of civilians by Taliban: UN human rights chief

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Kunal Gaurav
PUBLISHED ON AUG 24, 2021 03:57 PM IST
  • Michelle Bachelet said she has received reports of serious violations of international humanitarian law which include summary executions of civilians and restrictions on the rights of women.
"If found to be indiscriminate and disproportionate, such attacks might constitute war crimes," Michelle Bachelet said. In picture - Damage around tombs in the old Shujaiya cemetery in Gaza City.(AFP)
"If found to be indiscriminate and disproportionate, such attacks might constitute war crimes," Michelle Bachelet said. In picture - Damage around tombs in the old Shujaiya cemetery in Gaza City.(AFP)

UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet says Israeli strikes on Gaza may be war crimes

Reuters | , Geneva
PUBLISHED ON MAY 27, 2021 04:15 PM IST
Michelle Bachelet said her office had verified the deaths of 270 Palestinians in Gaza, the West Bank and East Jerusalem, including 68 children, during violence this month.
"We also find it regrettable the High Commissioner made unsubstantiated accusations against China based on misinformation and political pressure," China's delegate Jiang Duan told the UN Human Rights Council. People of all ethnic groups in Xinjiang and the Tibetan region enjoy wide-ranging freedoms, including religious and cultural harmony, she said.(REUTERS)
"We also find it regrettable the High Commissioner made unsubstantiated accusations against China based on misinformation and political pressure," China's delegate Jiang Duan told the UN Human Rights Council. People of all ethnic groups in Xinjiang and the Tibetan region enjoy wide-ranging freedoms, including religious and cultural harmony, she said.(REUTERS)

Bachelet reports arbitrary detention, sexual violence in Xinjiang area of China

Reuters | , Geneva
PUBLISHED ON MAR 02, 2021 05:00 PM IST
Bachelet said on Friday that she hoped to clinch agreement with Chinese officials about a visit to the country. Louise Arbour was the last UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to visit China, in September 2005.
Former Chilean president Michelle Bachelet.(Reuters)
Former Chilean president Michelle Bachelet.(Reuters)

Law violations cannot be condoned under pretext of human rights : India to UNHCHR chief

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Shivani Kumar
UPDATED ON OCT 20, 2020 11:46 PM IST
External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava also asserted that India was a democratic polity based on the rule of law and an independent judiciary.
UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet.(File photo)
UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet.(File photo)

Safeguard rights of NGOs: UN human rights chief to India

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent | Edited by Smriti Sinha
UPDATED ON OCT 20, 2020 09:39 PM IST
Michelle Bachelet asked the Indian government to safeguard the rights of human rights defenders and NGOs, and their ability to carry on with their work on behalf of the groups they represent
Highlighting issues from the individual nations, Bachelet had said in India, several journalists and at least one doctor have been charged for their public criticism of the authorities’ response to the COVID-19.(AP)
Highlighting issues from the individual nations, Bachelet had said in India, several journalists and at least one doctor have been charged for their public criticism of the authorities’ response to the COVID-19.(AP)

India, few other Asian nations respond to UN human rights chief’s criticism

United Nations | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON JUN 05, 2020 11:55 PM IST
The countries said their governments have taken necessary measures in accordance with their prevailing laws and regulations to hold those who spread misinformation and mislead the public accountable for their irresponsible actions.
Michelle Bachelet expressed alarm over how censorship had been tightened in several countries, along with arbitrary arrests of people who criticise their governments.(AP)
Michelle Bachelet expressed alarm over how censorship had been tightened in several countries, along with arbitrary arrests of people who criticise their governments.(AP)

Asian countries tightening censorship: UN

Geneva | By Agence-France-Presse
UPDATED ON JUN 04, 2020 02:50 AM IST
Michelle Bachelet expressed alarm over how censorship had been tightened in several countries, along with arbitrary arrests of people who criticise their governments.
On Saturday, S Jaishankar said every country, including the US, has different citizenship criteria which are based on context and social criteria(ANI Photo)
On Saturday, S Jaishankar said every country, including the US, has different citizenship criteria which are based on context and social criteria(ANI Photo)

‘They have been wrong before’: Foreign minister Jaishankar on UNHRC’s CAA move

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAR 07, 2020 04:43 PM IST
India has already said the citizenship act is an internal matter of India and that no foreign party has a locus standi on issues related to the country’s sovereignty.
A protester paints graffiti on a road, during a protest by students and local residents against the Citizenship Amandment Act (CAA) and National Register of Citizens (NRC), at Jamia Millia Islamia University.(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)
A protester paints graffiti on a road, during a protest by students and local residents against the Citizenship Amandment Act (CAA) and National Register of Citizens (NRC), at Jamia Millia Islamia University.(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)

UN concerned over CAA violence and ‘excessive force’ by security forces

Hindustan Times, Washington | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON DEC 18, 2019 09:35 PM IST
The world body also aligned itself with the “strong words” used by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet’s office last week.
UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet cited the civil wars sparked by a warming planet and the plight of indigenous people in an Amazon ravaged by wildfires and rampant deforestation.(Reuters Photo)
UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet cited the civil wars sparked by a warming planet and the plight of indigenous people in an Amazon ravaged by wildfires and rampant deforestation.(Reuters Photo)

UN’s Michelle Bachelet sounds alarm over climate change’s impact on human rights

Geneva | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON SEP 10, 2019 10:08 AM IST
The 42nd session of the council opened with a minute of silence for the victims of Hurricane Doriane in the Bahamas, where at least 44 have been killed and thousands of homes reduced to rubble.
A Syrian walks past damaged cars following a reported air strike on a market in the town of Saraqeb in the northwestern province of Idlib on July 26, 2019.(AFP)
A Syrian walks past damaged cars following a reported air strike on a market in the town of Saraqeb in the northwestern province of Idlib on July 26, 2019.(AFP)

UN rights chief condemns ‘indifference’ over Syria bloodshed

Geneva | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON JUL 26, 2019 05:39 PM IST
Since late April, the Syrian regime and Russia have stepped up deadly raids on the Idlib region of three million people, a jihadist-held bastion in the country’s northwest.
Members of LGBTQ community participate the gathering to celebrate decriminalization of consensual gay sex at Bandra in Mumbai.(HT File Photo)
Members of LGBTQ community participate the gathering to celebrate decriminalization of consensual gay sex at Bandra in Mumbai.(HT File Photo)

Citing India’s verdict on gay sex, UN rights chief urges countries to amend laws

United Nations | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON SEP 26, 2018 02:45 PM IST
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said there is a need to see more countries taking steps to bring their laws and practices in line with the fundamental equality of all their people.
Former Chilean president Michelle Bachelet speaks from her office at the Palais Wilson on her first day as new United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva, Switzerland, September 3, 2018.(REUTERS)
Former Chilean president Michelle Bachelet speaks from her office at the Palais Wilson on her first day as new United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva, Switzerland, September 3, 2018.(REUTERS)

New UN human rights chief survived torture, lived in exile as a young woman

Santiago | By Associated Press
PUBLISHED ON SEP 04, 2018 12:48 PM IST
Michelle Bachelet was a young member of the Socialist Party, and her time in a secret prison was an ordeal that she prefers not to talk about, saying only in her autobiography that she suffered “physical hardships.”
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