UN Human Rights Chief Volker Türk in Vienna 5-8 June for 30th anniversary:
Report: Muhammad Amir Siddique Journalist Vienna Austria.
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Türk in the Austrian capital, Vienna, from 5 to 8 June for events commemorating the 30th anniversary of the World Conference on Human Rights which took place in Vienna in 1993 and paved the way for the creation of the UN Human Rights Office. The programme, organized by the Government of Austria in cooperation with the UN Human Rights Office, is one of the key milestones in a year-long initiative by the High Commissioner and his Office to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Türk was hold a media briefing on Monday, 5 June at 10.15 a.m. in Room C0225A at the Vienna International Centre. The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights exercises principal responsibility for UN human rights activities.
The High Commissioner is mandated to respond to serious violations of human rights and to undertake preventive action. The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) is the focal point for United Nations human rights activities. It serves as the secretariat for the Human Rights Council, the treaty bodies (expert committees that monitor treaty compliance) and other UN human rights organs. It also undertakes human rights field activities. Most of the core human rights treaties have an oversight body which is responsible for reviewing the implementation of that treaty by the countries that have ratified it.
Individuals, whose rights have been violated can file complaints directly to Committees overseeing human rights treaties. Human rights are rights inherent to all human beings, regardless of race, sex, nationality, ethnicity, language, religion, or any other status. Human rights include the right to life and liberty, freedom from slavery and torture, freedom of opinion and expression, the right to work and education, and many more. Everyone is entitled to these rights, without discrimination.Human rights are rights inherent to all human beings, regardless of race, sex, nationality, ethnicity, language, religion, or any other status. Human rights include the right to life and liberty, freedom from slavery and torture, freedom of opinion and expression, the right to work and education, and many more. Everyone is entitled to these rights, without discrimination. The United Nations in Vienna along with other international organizations will be taking part in an Open Air Human Rights Fair in the MuseumsQuartier on Monday 5th and Tuesday 6th June organized by the Austrian Foreign Ministry. Come along and find out how the UN in Vienna is working to protect and promote human rights for all.
Vienna World Conference – 30 Years On Our Rights – Our Future“ Protecting human rights for our shared humanity 6 June 2023 MuseumsQuartier, Vienna. featuring among others the Vienna based organisations of the United Nations, Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs of Austria Organized that event: In that event WELCOME OPENING by Alexander Schallenberg Federal Minister for European and International Affairs of Austria Video Statement by António Guterres United Nations Secretary-General KEY NOTE by Volker Türk United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Video Statement by Cate Blanchett UNHCR-Goodwill Ambassador and Oscar Award Winner Followed by PANEL DISCUSSIONS moderated by Corinna Milborn JOINT CONCLUSION & NEXT STEPS FORWARD EVENING RECEPTION hosted by Alexander Schallenberg Federal Minister for European and International Affairs of Austria ARTISTIC INTERVENTION by Michael Balgavy. That time was a very important panel discussion about Human Rights.
1. UNIVERSALITY AND IMPARTIALITY OF HUMAN RIGHTS (14:30 – 15:30) Pashtana Durrani Founder and Executive Director of LEARN Afghanistan Shirin Ebadi Nobel Peace Prize Laureate (2003), Founder of the Nobel Women’s Initiative, the Defenders of Human Rights Centre and the Shirin Ebadi Foundation Eamon Gilmore EU Special Representative for Human Rights Hina Jilani Member of the Elders, Member of the Board of Trustees of the UN Voluntary Trust Fund on Contemporary Forms of Slavery Natalia Morozova Lawyer of the Human Rights Centre Memorial Alexander Schallenberg Federal Minister for European and International Affairs of Austria Volker Türk United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Break II. TECHNOLOGY AND HUMAN RIGHTS (16:00 – 17:00) Rana Ayyub Investigative journalist and global opinions writer at the Washington Post Maria Paz Canales Head of Legal, Policy and Research of Global Partners Digital Karoline Edtstadler Federal Minister for the EU and Constitution at the Federal Chancellery of Austria Ensaf Haidar President of the Raif Badawi Foundation for Freedom Teresa Hutson Corporate Vice President of Microsoft‘s Tech and Corporate Responsibility Group Michael O‘Flaherty Director of the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights Gbenga Sesan Executive Director of Paradigm Initiative.
III. SHAPING THE FUTURE: HUMAN RIGHTS AS SOLUTION FOR GLOBAL CHALLENGES (17:30 – 18:30) Joan Carling Co-founder and Executive Director of Indigenous Peoples Rights International Nahla Haidar Vice Chairperson of the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women and Commissioner of the International Commission of Jurists Martin Kocher Federal Minister of Labour and Economy of Austria Namatai Kwekweza Executive Director of WELEAD Trust Mary Lawlor United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya Political Activist and Leader of the Belarusian Democratic Movement Alma Zadić Federal Minister of Justice of Austria.