Human Rights: A quarter of humanity now lives in places affected by conflict

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights warned on Tuesday that a quarter of humanity today lives in places affected by conflict, a scenario in which civilians bear the brunt of the suffering.

“The contempt for human beings reaches agonising levels when war breaks out and violence becomes a daily occurrence,” deplored Volker Türk, recalling the fragility of peace and calling for it to be cultivated, respecting the UN Charter and international law.

In his annual report on the global situation of fundamental guarantees, Türk also warned that discrimination and racism threaten human dignity by using contempt as a weapon that humiliates, violates human rights, fuels despair and obstructs development.

In his address to the Human Rights Council, he reviewed the human rights situation in different parts of the world, including Syria, Haiti, Iran and China.

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