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The UN Human Rights Council (“HRC” or “the Council”) is a vital mechanism for preventing and monitoring human rights violations and abuses, supporting the implementation of commitments and obligations, contributing to accountability for perpetrators, and enhancing access to justice and remedies for victims. In the final analysis, its success will be measured by its impact on the ground.
Civil Society Statement to the UN Human Rights Council's 26th Special Session regarding South Sudan
Tomorrow marks a terrible anniversary for South Sudan. On December 15, 2013, fighting in Juba ignited a brutal conflict that has torn the country apart, leaving millions of South Sudanese in dire need. Today the country stands on a precipice.
(Vienna - 28 June 2013) - Twenty years on from the adoption of the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action in 1993, the International Service for Human Rights has put forward a series of proposals to strengthen human rights systems and better protect human rights defenders worldwide.
The proposals were presented at a high-level international expert conference in Vienna on 27 and 28 June 2013 and include concrete recommendations as to:
*By Maina Kiai, UN Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
17 June 2013*
(Geneva – 29 May 2013) – Non-government organisations, particularly those that advocate on issues of human rights, are facing unprecedented restrictions on access to funding, according to a new report by a UN expert.
- The Human Rights Council has adopted a resolution which some have called a landmark in furthering the protection of human rights defenders. Are you satisfied with the results?
Let me first of all thank the ISHR and other human rights organizations for the invaluable advise and support throughout the process we have had here in Geneva.
On 12 July 2011, the General Assembly held an informal interactive dialogue to discuss the Secretary-General’s third report on ‘the responsibility to protect’*: “The Role of Regional and Sub-regional Arrangements in Implementing the Responsibility to Protect”. The report follows previous informal interactive dialogues and reports on R2P in 2009 (“Implementing the responsibility to protect”) and 2010 (“Early warning, assessment and the responsibility to protect”).
Over the last six months, the General Assembly met in many informal plenary meetings to discuss aspects of the review of the status of the Human Rights Council. In a welcome move, the co-facilitators of the New York review process (Liechtenstein and Morocco), supported by States, invited NGOs to participate during the process.
The Simple Guide to the UN Treaty Bodies, produced by the International Service for Human Rights, aims to provide human rights defenders and their organisations with a broad overview of the UN human rights treaty body system and its functions to support their effective engagement with the treaty bodies.
HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL REVIEW 1
PEACEBUILDING COMMISSION 9
HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL 12
UNIVERSAL PERIODIC REVIEW 20
PERMANENT FORUM ON INDIGENOUS ISSUES 24
COMMITTEE AGAINST TORTURE 28
COMMITTEE ON ECONOMIC, SOCIAL AND CULTURAL RIGHTS 32
COMMITTEE ON THE RIGHTS OF THE CHILD 35
INTER-COMMITTEE MEETING 38
AFRICAN COMMISSION ON HUMAN AND PEOPLES' RIGHTS 41
OPPORTUNITIES FOR NGO ENGAGEMENT 45
The first edition of the Human Rights Monitor Quarterly includes articles on the 45th session of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women, the 76th session of the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, the 53rd session of the Committee on the Rights of the Child and the 98th session of the Human Rights Committee, the 4th session of the Advisory Committee, the 7th session of the universal periodic review (UPR), the 13th session of the Human Rights Council, on developments in the Security Council, and an update on the 3rd session of the Committee on …