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#HRC34 | CIVIL SOCIETY PRESENTS KEY TAKEAWAYS FROM HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL

The 34th session of the Human Rights Council has restored consensus to the important resolution on human rights defenders and moved towards accountability on some situations, but failed to deliver on other urgent issues and countries of concern, NGOs say in presenting key takeaways from the session. 

#HRC34 | COUNCIL UNITES TO STAND WITH HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS

The Human Rights Council has united to adopt a consensus resolution on the protection of human rights defenders. The resolution, extending the mandate of the UN Special Rapporteur, comes at a time when the work of defenders has never been more important nor more threatened.
 
#HRC34 STATES AND NGOS CALL FOR STRENGTHENED UPR

The third cycle of the Universal Periodic Review should be marked by an increased focus on the participation and protection of human rights defenders and other civil society actors, both in the process itself and through the implementation of recommendations at the national level.

#HRC34 | COUNCIL SHOULD PUSH FOR REFORM OF DISCREDITED NGO COMMITTEE

The UN Human Rights Council and its member and observer States should push for reform of the UN committee responsible for accrediting NGOs. The dysfunctional practice of the ECOSOC NGO Committee prevents many human rights NGOs from accessing the UN and deprives the Human Rights Council and other UN mechanisms of their valuable inputs and expertise. 
 
 
UAE | UN CALL FOR RELEASE OF AHMED MANSOOR

United Nations rights experts are urging the Government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to immediately release the renowned human rights defender Ahmed Mansoor, who was arrested last month. 
SOUTH SUDAN STOP HARASSING HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS

A group of UN human rights experts condemned the recent ban and provisional suspension of a number of civil society organisations in Burundi. They warned about 'the obstructive, restrictive and stigmatising effect of recent legislation on NGOs, in a context of growing repression on human rights defenders.'

GULF |  BUSINESS HAS A ROLE IN PROTECTING HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS

It is in the collective interest of business enterprises, home States, civil society actors and UN experts to work together to promote respect for human rights defenders and fundamental freedoms in the Gulf region, ISHR's Sarah Brooks has told a UN forum in Geneva.
 
UN MECHANISMS | DRAW INSPIRATION FROM TREATY BODIES TO IMPROVE STATE COMPLIANCE

Recommendations issued by UN human rights bodies only have a real impact if States implement them. How can follow up and monitoring of implementation be improved? The UN Committee against Torture has adopted an ambitious and innovative process that may well inspire other UN human rights bodies.
 
 
NEW MANUAL | THE RIGHT TO DISSENT

Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada has published 'The Right to Dissent', a guide to international law obligations to respect, protect and fulfill the right of all persons to participate in public affairs by engaging in criticism, opposition and dissent. 
ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENDERS | NEW WEBSITE

Check out environment-rights.org, a new website offering information, resources and access to help environmental human rights defenders. 
ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENDERS | NEW REPORT

Read the new report by the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and the Environment, Professor John H. Knox, which documents the situation of environmental human rights defenders and makes recommendations for their effective protection.

DEFENDER'S PROFILE | ANDREW MAKONI FROM ZIMBABWE

Andrew Makoni is one of Zimbabwe's most famous human rights lawyers and was forced to leave the country after receiving multiple death threats from authorities. He talks to ISHR about his work defending the right to freedom of expression and the right to assembly and the challenges he faced and is still facing doing so. 
ISHR would like to thank Irish Aid and Brot für die Welt for their generosity in supporting this publication. 
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