UN Official: International Human Rights Law Grossly Violated

36239401-80E2-4660-B2E9-DA0E0F6CC357_w640_r1_s_cx0_cy3_cw0{VOA NEWS} – The U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights warns that international human rights laws aimed at safeguarding the rights and dignity of human life, are increasingly being violated by states for short-term gain.  Speaking at the opening of the U.N. Human Rights Council’s 31st session in Geneva, Zeid Ra’ad al Hussein said the perceived threats of terrorism and extremism are undermining fundamental principles of human rights.

Al-Hussein calls the piecemeal dismantling of the international system of human rights law deeply alarming.  He says this body of law, which was set up to ward off global threats, is being grossly violated by many states which pick and choose those parts that suit their political agendas.

He says an increasing number of nations are reacting to the rise of violent extremism, the growing number of armed conflicts and mass exodus of people fleeing for safety by disregarding basic human rights principles. READ MORE OF THIS STORY

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.