UN human rights office forced "to do less with less", Navi Pillay

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Navi Pillay

The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights is being compelled to scale down its activities because of a lack of resources.

That's what UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, told the General Assembly during her presentation of her annual report on Wednesday.

Ms. Pillay said the growing recognition of the centrality of human rights in peace, security, development and humanitarian agendas and trust in her office is very rewarding.

However, she reminded diplomats that last year she alerted them to the widening gap between increasing workload and expectations of her office and the financial support it receives. 

"That anomaly persists: human rights are widely recognised as one of the three pillars of the United Nations, yet the resources required to support important mandated activities are not forthcoming. While we will continue to endeavour to fulfil such work, without sufficient resources, we are being compelled to do less with less."

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Ms. Pillay said her office has grown dramatically in size and reach as it vigorously protects human rights all over the world and called for renewed commitment and support to maintain the momentum.

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