Discrimination: human rights are a preventative tool

Hina Jilani highlights the role of human rights in the struggle against discrimination as we mark the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

"As a lawyer and human rights defender, I have repeatedly been confronted with examples of discrimination committed on grounds of gender, race, religion or sexual orientation."

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Donald Trump’s deal must put Palestinian rights centre stage

Writing in the Financial Times, Kofi Annan welcomes fresh approaches to peacemaking but warns that any deal that does not address the root causes of the conflict will be doomed to failure.

"The only way to achieve this is a two-state solution delivering security for Israelis and justice and prosperity for Palestinians in the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem." –Kofi Annan.

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Cease the violence and allow the democratic will of the people to prevail, The Elders urge Zimbabwe

The Elders call on all parties in Zimbabwe to show restraint and calm as the country decides its future.

"Nothing other than the democratic will of the people should be allowed to determine the future of Zimbabwe.” –Kofi Annan.

The Elders today call on all parties in Zimbabwe to show restraint and calm as the country decides its future.

Led by Kofi Annan, The Elders condemn the violence and tragic deaths that followed the 30 July vote.

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Embracing Madiba's values: building a brighter future in Zimbabwe and South Africa

Mary Robinson reflects on her recent visits to South Africa for Mandela's centenary and to Zimbabwe as the country decides its future. 

As I write, the votes in Zimbabwe’s historic election are still being counted. I am encouraged to see reports indicating that voter turnout has been high and that the process has remained largely peaceful. We all hope this continues.

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“Sparks of Hope” can honour Nelson Mandela’s vision of a better world

Writing in CNN, Graça Machel reflects on what we can learn from Madiba's legacy, and calls on us all to #WalkTogether on his centenary, to continue his long walk to freedom.

"We need to take guidance from his moral compass to be reminded of the importance of respecting human dignity and defending equal rights for everyone."

Nelson Mandela and Graça Machel launch The Elders in Johannesburg, 18 July 2007 (Credit: The Elders)

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The Elders demand Israel respects international law to stop further Gaza protest killings

The Elders call on the Israeli Government to fully comply with international humanitarian law and respect the right to peaceful protest of Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip.

"Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government should exercise the utmost restraint and care over the coming weeks, to avoid further deaths." –Kofi Annan.
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Managing migration: why leadership matters

Louise Arbour, United Nations Special Representative for International Migration, calls on governments negotiating the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration to seize the opportunity for collaboration, whilst demonstrating strong political leadership in explaining the benefits of migration to their people.

"Bureaucrats can make the rational arguments. Demagogues can make the publicly appealing ones. Only great political leaders can make both."
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The Elders call for decisive action to end sectarian violence in Sri Lanka

Following recent sectarian violence targeting Muslim communities on the island, The Elders call on the Government of Sri Lanka to end impunity for those committing and inciting violence, defend human rights and promote inter-communal reconciliation.

"All political and civil society leaders must reject the toxic rhetoric of Islamophobia from extremist Buddhist monks, the consequences of which can be seen across the region." –Lakhdar Brahhimi
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Celebrating the global movement for women’s rights, equality and justice

As this year’s International Women’s Day approaches, Hina Jilani reflects on the impressive achievements of global women’s protest movements over the past year and the barriers that remain to overcome.

"Despite facing intimidation, women across the world are increasingly standing up to these injustices and demanding their rights be respected, joining together online and taking to the streets to push for change."

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Tolerance and respect for diversity will help bridge our polarised world

Seventeen years on from their joint pledge on tolerance and diversity, Mary Robinson reflects on Nelson Mandela's legacy at an event to mark his centenary and explains how these values remain relevant in today's polarised world.

"To resist racists, misogynists, nationalists and extremists, we must reassert the values of Nelson Mandela as loudly and firmly as we can in all fora, both on- and offline."

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