The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights says an alarming deterioration of human rights and an erosion of international institutions and laws is threatening the social cohesion of nations. Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein expressed his concerns at an informal briefing to the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva.
He singled out an agreement between the government of Colombia and the FARC rebel group ending more than five decades of war as a bright spot in an otherwise troubling human rights picture.
Zeid says he is particularly concerned about the worsening situation in the northern Syrian city of East Aleppo, where, he says, his office has no access and cannot help the hundreds of thousands of people trapped in the besieged area.
A civilian collects tree branches amid the rubble of a damaged site in the rebel-held besieged Qadi Askar neighborhood of Aleppo, Syria, Nov. 24, 2016.
“Pounded by accelerating bombardment and deliberately deprived of food and medical care, many of them—including small children—report that they are simply waiting for death: a nightmare which clearly violates the most basic norms of human rights and any shred of human decency,” said Zeid.
The High Commissioner warns the erosion of international institutions and laws is threatening global instability and leading to a rise of xenophobia and intolerance in many States.
“Many of my recent missions to Western Europe and North America have included discussions of increasingly worrying levels of incitement to racial or religious hatred and violence, whether against migrants or racial and religious groups,” said Zeid.
Zeid accuses political leaders of stoking discrimination, with the potential for mob violence, for their personal benefit. He says the number of hate crimes appears to be on the rise.
The High Commissioner says he is extremely worried about the worsening situations in Burundi and Myanmar. He says growing fear of ethnic discrimination in Burundi has swelled the numbers of people fleeing as refugees to neighboring countries.
Regarding Myanmar, he expressed alarm at credible reports of extrajudicial killings, arbitrary arrests and detention, torture and other violations against the Rohingya community in northern Rakhine State.
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