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Hi, this is Paula. The 53rd session of the Human Rights Council got off the starting block with a bang, with countries hearing from experts about women and girls in Afghanistan being stripped from some of their most basic rights, suggesting that its gender apartheid be considered as an international crime.

That came in short sequence after the UN high commissioner for human rights said that it’s time to open offices in the world’s most populous countries, while the UN secretary general urged donors to boost Sudan aid at a pledging conference in Geneva.

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Paula Dupraz-Dobias


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Special rapporteur on Afghanistan Richard Bennett, Dorothy Estrada-Tanch, chair of the Working Group on Discrimination against Women and Girls and Afghan human rights defender, Madina Mahboobi, brief reporters in Geneva on the human rights situation in Afghanistan on 19 June 2023. (Geneva Solutions/Paula Dupraz-Dobias)

🧕🏽Afghanistan’s ‘gender apartheid’ should be international crime: UN expert. Richard Bennett, the UN’s special rapporteur on Afghanistan, said right violations against women and girls were so serious they should be considered as crimes against humanity.

AFP via France 24 (EN)

👀UN rights chief seeks to establish presence in China and India. Volker Türk said that more global engagement on human rights was needed as the UN celebrates its 75th anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Reuters (EN)

💰UN hosts Mideast and European envoys to raise money for humanitarian crisis in Sudan. The UN said only 16 per cent of the $2.57 billion needed in aid for people in the country and those who have fled the violence have been raised.

Associated Press (EN)

❓Poll suggests support for Ukraine peace summit in Geneva. A survey by the Swiss media group Tamedia shows that 69 per cent of respondents would be in favour of Geneva hosting a peace summit, as suggested by Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

Tribune de Genève (FR)

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