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UN rights chief urges US to consider robust gun control

15 June 2016
UN rights chief urges US to consider robust gun control

On 14 June, the United Nations human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein urged the leadership of the United States to consider robust gun control in the wake of the mass killing in Florida.

He urged everyone in the United States to rally around the common cause of ensuring that the human rights, and consequentially the security, of all are strengthened in the aftermath of this horrendous incident.

"It is hard to find a rational justification that explains the ease with which people can buy firearms, including assault rifles, in spite of prior criminal backgrounds, drug use, histories of domestic violence and mental illness, or direct contact with extremists — both domestic and foreign," said UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

A new UN human rights report on the civilian acquisition, possession and use of firearms highlights the "devastating impact" of gun violence on a host of human rights, including the rights to life, security, education, health, an adequate standard of living and participation in cultural life was subjected for consideration to the participants of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) Session that takes place in Geneva.

The report states that women and children are frequently found to be victims of firearm-related violence.

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Photo: UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

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