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A UN focal point on reprisals: The time has come

19th session of the Human Rights Council, Room XX © UN Photo/JeanMarc Ferre

By Madeleine Sinclair, International Service for Human Rights (ISHR)

The Secretary-General recently shared his annual report on reprisals against individuals and groups cooperating with the UN and the picture is alarming. From the torture in Tajikistan of a prisoner who cooperated with a UN human rights expert, to the serious threats against a defender and his family in Burundi following his briefing to the Committee against Torture, the Secretary-General’s report exposes the horrific human cost of cooperating with the UN.

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