From Austria to Yemen: UN rights chief sounds alarm over 50 countries

Geneva - The UN Human Rights Office is concerned about recent developments in more than 50 countries around the world, including atrocities in Syria, Yemen and Myanmar, as well as political trends in Western countries like Austria, Poland and the United States.

UN rights chief Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein listed the current hot spots in his annual report to the UN Human Rights Council on Wednesday in Geneva.
The attacks on civilians in Eastern Ghouta have created an "an apocalypse intended, planned and executed by individuals within the government, apparently with the full backing of some of their foreign supporters," he said.
The rights violations in Syria must urgently be brought before the International Criminal Court in The Hague, the UN high commissioner added.
In Yemen, the starving civilian population is under attack by Houthi rebels as well as by the Saudi-led coalition that is fighting them.
Zeid pointed out, however, that Saudi air strikes have been the leading cause of civilian deaths and injuries in this war.
In Myanmar, the UN Human Rights Office has been gathering reports that "point to the continuation of ethnic cleansing in Rakhine State."
Turning to Europe, the UN diplomat warned that the anti-immigration and anti-Islam debate has come to dominate the political landscape.
He highlighted Austria's restrictions against Muslims and Poland's weakening of the judiciary.
Zeid also said he is shocked by the treatment of detained child migrants in the United States.

Wednesday, March 7th 2018

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