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Luxembourg drew attention to a systematic emergency at the Human Rights Council, reminding that whenever the Council held interactive dialogues, a number of delegations called into question the legitimacy of its Special Procedures, arguing that they were politicized, selective and subjective.

Luxembourg reiterated that human rights were universal and not Western values. Iran stated that the unlawful and illegal imposition of sanctions on Iran and some other nations by the United States was harmful to the lives of civilians. The continued use by the United States of Guantanamo Bay was just the latest example of its Islamophobia and illegal activity. Iran also called attention to Islamophobia and the mistreatment of indigenous peoples in Canada, and to the poverty in the United Kingdom. It drew particular attention to Japan, which had been guilty of committing crimes against humanity, namely sexual slavery.

Georgia was alarmed about the situation in Nicaragua, particularly about unlawful arrests and arbitrary detentions. In Venezuela, it called on President Maduro to end the suffering of civilians. In Georgia, the region of Abkhazia was suffering human rights abuses, and it underlined the responsibility of the Russian Federation as the occupying power for that situation. Sudan reiterated that in its work the Human Rights Council should not be selective and should not apply double standards.

The current state of emergency in Sudan was in place due to the difficult economic situation, which had been caused by the embargo that had been in place since The state of emergency would end when the reasons for it disappeared. Sudan had presented its decision to introduce the state of emergency to the United Nations and Parliament had agreed to reduce its duration. Nicaragua stated that it was committed to a national reconciliation process. Together with the Secretary General of the Organization of American States, it had been agreed that the Special Envoy would carry out analysis with all relevant actors.

The Government would implement each and every agreement reached. Nicaragua would welcome the suspension of sanctions, which had a very negative impact on the people of Nicaragua. Bolivia said that the Human Rights Council had to be guided by the principles of universality, non-selectivity and impartiality. Bolivia noted that China had adopted a system of regional and ethnic autonomy, and that it had stepped up economic efforts in areas where minorities lived, including the region of Xinjiang. Norway noted that environmental human rights defenders were key partners in advancing the Agenda and it encouraged the Council to adopt an ambitious resolution on their rights to send a strong message for their protection and support.

Norway was concerned about the shrinking civil space in many countries, including Saudi Arabia, Iran and Bahrain. It urged the Venezuelan Government to provide unhindered access for international humanitarian aid and to uphold human rights. Myanmar stated that confrontation was always highly divisive and urged the Human Rights Council to avoid the application of double standards, selectivity and politicization.

Myanmar highlighted the need to make sure that every independent mandate holder strictly adhered to the principles of independence, impartiality and integrity. Syria supported the statement delivered by Venezuela on behalf of the Non-Aligned Movement, opposing the deliberations under agenda item 4. Syria called on all to distance the Council from the politicization of debates. Venezuela condemned attacks on developing States, which were attempts to politicize human rights abuses against sovereign States.

It called on the Council to work on the basis of mutual respect, and non-interference in the affairs of sovereign States. The organization noted that the religious prejudice of the Iranian Government was blinding. The organization believed that European States should stop prioritizing containment of refugee flows over the fundamental rights of those people; instead they should address the root causes of migration. Together against the death penalty informed about the seventh Global Congress against the Death Penalty, which had recently taken place in Brussels, noting that the situation in some countries remained difficult.

Egypt had executed a record number of people since the beginning of the year. In Malaysia, although abolition had been announced, it had not happened yet. A dozen United Nations experts had recently signed a joint declaration on the universal nature of the death penalty and the global nature of the fight to abolish it. Minority Rights Group said that there was an imminent risk of some four million people becoming stateless in the Indian state of Assam. Most of them belonged to linguistic and religious minorities, in particular the Bengali speaking Muslims. The Government of India was preparing a National Register of Citizens, which was a flawed process that discriminated against entire segments of the population, resulting in their exclusion from the register.

High levels of violence and related human rights violations continued to be reported. Available data suggested that the numbers of extrajudicial killings remained alarming. The ongoing intensive military and police operations had a very negative humanitarian and human rights impact. Khiam Rehabilitation Centre for Victims of Torture called attention to the deteriorating human rights situation in Bahrain since The authorities had been wielding an iron fist to restrict the space for democratic activity.

Freedom of expression and peaceful assembly were being seriously restricted, and many people had been condemned as the result of unfair trials. People had been stripped of their nationality and activists jailed. There had also been extrajudicial killings. Iran Human Rights Documentation Center reminded that more than 18, people were held in prison in Iran in due to their failure to pay a fine or contractual obligation in contravention of article 11 of the Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

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The Iranian Government should be urged to stop that practice and to comply with its obligations under the Covenant. Asia Forum for Human Rights and Development raised several concerns in the Asian region, including the Bangladeshi election in , which had been marred by gross irregularities and where freedom of expression remained severely curtailed. The organization urged the Council to investigate the systematic targeting of journalists in the Philippines. In Cambodia, restrictions on civil space remained a serious concern and the Council needed to ensure the restoration of human rights.

In India and Maldives, harassment of human rights defenders and hate speech against minorities remained unchecked. Human Rights Watch underlined that civic space in Bahrain had continued to shrink as prominent human rights defenders were punished, whilst in Egypt the police systematically used violence to stifle political dissent. Turkey was the world leader in imprisoning journalists, with more than under detention facing terrorism charges. In Cameroon, the authorities responded to protests with violence and extra judicial killings.

Christian Solidarity Worldwide was alarmed at the state of emergency in Sudan, which granted sweeping powers and immunity to its security personnel. The organization urged the Sudanese Government to implement the demands of its citizens. The organization was also concerned about the persecution of Christians in Iran, and their inability to practice their religion in private, and about the sharp rise in mob attacks on Christian and Muslim minorities across India.

Canners International Permanent Committee stated that in , people had been killed in Pakistan in terrorist attacks. Many of the terrorist recruits were the products of extreme Islamic Madrasas, which were allowed to operate at will in the country. Pakistan needed to address the growing wave of terrorism, which was allowed to flourish with impunity. If not addressed, it could lead to a crisis in the country and the wider world.

International Federation for Human Rights Leagues voiced concern that anti-terrorism and national security arguments were used by countries to detain human rights defenders. In Egypt, numerous human rights defenders were detained under terrorist related charges. In Turkey, human rights lawyers had been charged with propaganda for terrorist purposes, whereas in China, fabricated charges were used to target labour activists. Solidarity Switzerland-Guinea reminded that the violations of human rights of women and children continued in South Sudan.

Violence had intensified in the last months, taking an unprecedented course. Some 65 per cent of women and 36 per cent of men had been sexually abused. The Human Rights Council and its Member States should recommend an independent investigation into the grave violations of human rights in South Sudan. The handing down of a harsh sentence of 38 years in prison, without the presence of her lawyer, was alarming. International Commission of Jurists said that the situation of the rule of law remained grave in Turkey, whereas in Poland, there was a move to remove one third of the judiciary without due process.

The findings by the Commission of Inquiry on South Sudan were worrying, especially with respect to the involvement of the oil industry, and the use of oil revenues by the Government parties. Africa Culture International sought to eradicate female genital mutilation as it led both to physical and metal trauma, and sometimes to infection, chronic weakness or even death. An estimated million women were subjected to female genital mutilation, in contravention to a resolution ratified by all United Nations Member States in The organization called for the eradication of that practice by United Schools International drew the attention of the Council to Jammu and Kashmir where Pakistan had made the transition from an occupying power to a broker trying to sell Gilgit Baltistan to China.

Pakistan continued to cause instability in the region and the people of Jammu and Kashmir feared for their future. International Service for Human Rights underlined that China should allow access to the international experts and release all individuals held in arbitrary detention.

The number of arbitrary detentions in Xinjiang was tragically high, over one million. If the Council were to give China a pass on that issue, it would send the message that economic influence and diplomatic charm offensives were sufficient to delay principled and lifesaving scrutiny. International Institute for Non-Aligned Studies stated that human rights belonged to all people inhabiting the earth.

Such rights were all that was essential to drive the will of humanity. Human rights could not be encroached upon in the name of national security, or any similar pretexts, which Governments chose to suggest. Human rights were a thirst-quenching requirement of all humanity, and must be upheld at all time. Indian Council of Education reminded that the Universal Declaration of Human Rights had outlined the nature of human rights since , and included amongst those civic, cultural and political rights.

A large number of people across the world were still being deprived of their human rights. The future of the very rights that the international community had fought for was under threat. Risks came from the effects of climate change, political authoritarianism and migration, amongst others. European Humanist Federation recalled that many people left their countries after facing persecution for beliefs or non-beliefs, which included atheists, agnostics, rationalists and humanists.

Religion and beliefs were one of the five grounds on which people could request asylum or international protection, and the European Union had made it clear that the concept of religion included the holding of non-theistic beliefs. However, in practice asylum claims based on conversion to atheism were not well understood by Government officers in Europe. Human Rights Agency reminded that it had been four years since Saudi Arabia, the richest Arab country, had been waging a war of aggression against Yemen, one of the poorest Arab countries.

The number of civilians killed because of the bombings and blockade of the humanitarian aid had been increasing exponentially. Saudi Arabia recruited Sudanese child soldiers belonging to Janjaweed militia from Darfur to fight in Yemen. That had to be condemned by the whole international community, but it was covered by a veil of silence.

Pakistan had violated international law as well as United Nations resolutions. Many dams had been constructed in disputed territories, depriving millions of people of their basic needs. Anti-terror laws were used to suffocate freedom of expression. Association Dunenyo noted that failing to ensure accountability only succeeded in absolving the countries from their responsibility in committing atrocities or in hosting perpetrators.

The truth was lost, paving the way for enforced disappearances and abductions. The organization urged the Council to call on Algeria to allow access to the Working Group on enforced disappearances to examine cases in the Tandouf camps. The Pakistani authorities had restricted travel through blocking of travel documents. The organization asked the Council to take urgent measures and to formulate mechanisms that would investigate the behavior of the Pakistani authorities in Jammu Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan. Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative congratulated Fiji and the Bahamas on being the first pacific and Caribbean small island states to be elected to the Council.

The organization remained concerned about the continuing sorcery accusation related to violence in Papua New Guinea, where there were up to10 reported cases per week, and it urged the Government to enforce the existing laws and prosecute perpetrators. In Vanuatu, the organization was concerned about the reports of violence against women.

They were treated as criminals rather than refugees. Physicians for Human Rights called attention to those seeking asylum in the United-States and Mexico, who had strong claims and must be heard immediately, for example those fleeing gang violence. Mexico was not a safe holding country and the United States treated the human rights crisis as a security crisis. The organization encouraged the United Nations human rights mechanisms to independently report on the situation.

Family Health Association of Iran, in a joint statement, decried the ongoing war in Yemen, reminding that millions of Yemenis needed assistance, and that mortality rates of women and children were on the increase. Approximately two million children were in need of education. The organization urged the international community and the Human Rights Council to promote peace, and to observe the human rights conditions in the country. Edmund Rice International raised the ongoing human rights issue in Grenada and reminded that in , the Prime Minster of Grenada had been executed along with eight others.

Their remains had never been returned to their families. In , a truth and reconciliation commission had been appointed to uncover the truth behind that and other political murders. To date, a satisfactory answer had not been reached. Iran, speaking in a right of reply, said that many absurd claims had been made by the United Kingdom, European Union and Israel, including Israel preaching about human rights. All reports by the United Nations and the Office of the High Commissioner testified to the massacre occurring in the occupied territories of Palestine, including shooting at protesters.

In the European Union countries, hate speech against migrants and Muslims was rampant. In the United Kingdom, there was a remainder of the colonial belief that a citizen of the United Kingdom should be exempt for responding to any crimes. The United Kingdom and Denmark shed crocodile tears over human rights. They had to stop with such hypocrisy.

Lebanon, speaking in a right of reply, said Israel accused any political party in the region which dared to oppose its policy as being a terrorist. Israel had recently threatened to send Lebanon back to the stone age and there was documentation that it funded terrorist organizations in Syria. All Lebanese political parties were working within the preview of the Lebanese statute book and none of those parties were on the United Nations list of terrorist organizations.

India, speaking in a right of reply, regretted that Pakistan misused the Council for its malicious propaganda. The Council had to examine the illegal occupation by Pakistan of a part of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, as the people there were subject to a denial of even their basic rights. Pakistan was known to the international community for harbouring terrorists, forced conversions and blasphemy laws, enforced disappearances, religious intolerance and attacks on Muslim minorities.

Jammu and Kashmir was an integral part of India. The principle of self-determination could not be misused to erode territorial integrity. Pakistan would do well to reform its institutions. China, speaking in a right of reply, said that a number of countries and non-governmental organizations had made unwarranted accusations against China. In response, China pointed out that in Germany, racism and xenophobia were on the rise, and in France, racial discrimination against migrants and refugees was dire, as it was in Finland and Switzerland. In Canada, indigenous people suffered discrimination.

Xinjiang and Tibet were valued economic regions, and all ethnic groups lived there in peace. A number of vocational training centres had been built, but only to combat extremism. Venezuela, speaking in a right of reply, said that the unfounded allegations waged against it by members of the Human Rights Council were aimed at destabilizing the solid democratic foundation of the presidency of Nicolas Maduro. The Venezuelan people had been able to use one of the most reliable computerized voting systems in the world during the elections and the democratic process was guaranteed.

Venezuela accused President Trump and his regional lackeys of trying to violently break through the borders of Venezuela under the auspices of humanitarian aid and then setting fire to their own food trucks in order to orchestrate a media frenzy and delegitimize the Maduro Government. Venezuela urged the international community to stand firm and support the principles of the United Nations Charter to guarantee peace for tomorrow. Those who accused Venezuela of systematic human rights violations carried out genocide, racism and xenophobia towards peoples of developing countries.

Turkey, speaking in a right of reply in response to statements by the European Union and other countries, said that as a candidate for the European Union, Turkey gave absolute commitment to universal values such as human rights, democracy and the rule of law, which constituted fundamental pillars of governance in Turkey. Following the heinous coup attempt, Turkey had the right to take measures to stop this existential threat. After the situation started to normalize in Turkey, the state of emergency had been abolished last year.

All measures taken by the Government were taken with the aim to reconcile democracy and the rule of law. Russian Federation, speaking in a right of reply, felt compelled to use this right of reply to respond to accusations made by Ukraine, Georgia and other countries. The delegation of Georgia had to be reminded that Russia did not occupy South Ossetia and Abkhazia and had not violated international law. Those two States had for some time been independent and sovereign and Russia and other countries had recognized that.

Russia did not close access to Crimea, this was done by countries that voted for the resolution in the General Assembly that had brought that about. If Russia received requests for visits to Crimea or Sevastopol, it would act as it would in response to requests for visits to any other part of the Russian Federation.

Russian law applied in those areas and guaranteed fully human rights and fundamental freedoms. The statement from Ukraine on the Russian occupation of Donbas was a lie. The current occupation of this region by armed forces that claimed to be observers was carried out by Ukraine. Ukraine was called on to uphold the Minsk Agreement. The Council had no authority to discuss matters belonging to the sovereignty of a Member State over its territory.

Egypt, speaking in a right of reply, stated that the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Norway and the European Union had levelled accusations at Egypt that bore no relevance to the reality. These were politically motivated accusations that poisoned cooperation within the Council. They distracted from real human rights offences, including the persecution of migrants.

Arrests in Egypt only occurred when laws were broken, and involved fair trials. Freedom of expression and the media were guaranteed by the law, and the death penalty was only applied in the most serious crimes. Japan, speaking in a right of reply, denied the groundless accusations made by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. It stated that having humbly accepted the facts of history since World War Two, it had systematically respected human rights and called on other members of the region to do the same. It would not exercise any further right of reply on the matter but did not accept any further accusations.

Bahrain, speaking in a right of reply, stated that the accusations of the Danish and Irish delegations were unfounded and ill-informed. Bahrain confirmed that its Government remained committed to an inclusive and pluralistic society, where crimes which threatened civil society would be punished with due process according to the rule of law. With this in mind Bahrain had embarked on a set of reforms of the criminal justice system and enjoyed continual improvements, enhancing accountability and transparency. Pakistan, speaking in a right of reply, said that India continued to spread its lies to distract attention from its own human rights record.

The history of the Indian elite was filled with human rights violations. Reporting dangers and suggesting safety ideas helps keep everyone healthy and safe. If you do not have enough information or training to do a task safely, talk to your employer or supervisor immediately. WorkSafe regulates health and safety in New Zealand workplaces and monitors and enforces compliance with health and safety law. The Accident Compensation Corporation ACC provides information and advice on how to avoid injuries in the workplace, including tools specific to aged care to help you stay safe at work.

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Knowing about the differences between cultures can help make it easier for you to fit into a new workplace. People from different countries often prefer to be managed in different ways. Some like to be told exactly what do, others do not. Workers from different countries may have different ways of working and talking with their workmates. Here are some of the things that workers from different cultures say about how they work. How do you like to work? Keeping it clear. In aged care, it is important that you can give clear instructions and understand instructions you are given so you do not put yourself or others in danger.

You may not be used to the New Zealand accent. Older people can have difficulty hearing and find it hard to understand different accents. Try to remember to speak more slowly when talking to those you are caring for. Our free online tool Work Talk is designed to help improve communication in the workplace. Try the tool:. In New Zealand, it is usually okay to speak to a supervisor or manager in a casual or informal way.

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It is important to remember this when you are talking with older people and their family members. Here are some examples:. Aged care workplaces in New Zealand may use some different technical terms jargon from what you are used to. You may need to quickly learn some new terms. You may see signs in both languages in your workplace too. Most countries have words and phrases that only people who live there use. New Zealand slang may be hard for you to understand when you first hear it. Ask a workmate if you are not sure what something means.

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Try Employment New Zealand's learning modules The Employment New Zealand website has a lot of useful information about employee rights, including free employee learning modules. Employment learning modules Employment New Zealand. Your Rights Icon. Your employer cannot make you work more hours than you have agreed to in your employment agreement. For example, temporary visa holders are not eligible to join. If you are eligible to join, you will be automatically enrolled in a KiwiSaver scheme when you start a new job.

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Call WorkSafe if you are worried about an unsafe or unhealthy work situation You can contact WorkSafe by phone on 24 hours. Workplace culture and communication Learn how New Zealanders work together. Speak more slowly if you need to Older people can have difficulty hearing and find it hard to understand different accents. Do not be shy to talk to your boss If you are unsure how your boss likes to be spoken to, you could ask them or ask one of your workmates.

Small talk In many New Zealand workplaces, people like to have some casual talk from time to time. Workers will greet each other in the morning and chat about things like the weather, the news, sport, traffic, tv programmes etc. Managers and supervisors will usually greet workers in the morning and chat with them from time to time too.

You will soon learn if this is okay in your workplace. Hot tip. How New Zealanders make requests New Zealanders often ask people to do things in an indirect way. To embrace, hug Show the answers. Food Show the answers. Older woman Show the answers. Good morning Show the answers. Slang term What does it mean? Swearing may be harassment If swearing is making you feel uncomfortable or is causing you distress, it may be harassment, which is against the law.

Here are some things you can do if you think you are experiencing discrimination, harassment or bullying at work. Make a note of the incidents that offend you. Talk about it with someone you trust. Discuss it with your union delegate. Bring it to the attention of the person doing it. You could write to them or ask someone to talk to them on your behalf. Speak to a superior about it, eg if it is a workmate.

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