UN human rights office launches US$253 million appeal

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OHCHR human rights officers speaking with a member of the Chepang indigenous community in Nepal. (file) Photo: OHCHR/Robert Few

Investing in human rights today is the best way to provide a more stable future tomorrow.

That's the message from the UN rights office (OHCHR) which on Wednesday launched a US$253 million appeal to support its work this year.

Dianne Penn reports.

This is the office's most ambitious annual appeal yet and it comes at a time when human rights are "under attack," according to the UN Human Rights High Commissioner.

Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein pointed out that xenophobia and calls for racial and religious discrimination have entered mainstream discourse in numerous countries.

At the same time, inability to prevent and resolve conflicts and proxy wars are forcing millions to flee their homes.

He said: "Investment in human rights today makes for prevention tomorrow – prevention of escalating violations and of the shattering impacts of conflict. Human rights upheld returns stability to entire countries and regions by advancing justice for all."

The US$253 million in funding will support a variety of activities, including in-country assistance and the work of UN independent human rights experts, also known as special rapporteurs.

Contributions will also support several trust funds on issues such as torture, contemporary forms of slavery and the rights of indigenous people.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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