KUWAIT | AMEND REPRESSIVE LEGISLATION AND PROVIDE A SAFE AND ENABLING ENVIRONMENT FOR DEFENDERS
Human rights defenders and civil society actors should be able to carry out their work in a safe and enabling environment, without fear of threats, attacks and arbitrary arrests. In light of the upcoming Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Kuwait due to take place in January 2020, ISHR calls States to urge the Kuwaiti government to repeal repressive legislation and to refrain from criminalising the legitimate activities of human rights defenders.
ENGAGEMENT WITH THE UN | GIVE THE UN A HAND IN DEFINING HOW BEST TO SUPPORT DEFENDERS
The UN is seeking ideas on how best to support and engage with civil society at national level as well as within UN human rights mechanisms and other bodies. Online consultations will be held from
13-24 January 2020.
MARTIN ENNALS AWARD | THREE OUTSTANDING WOMEN NOMINATED FOR THE 2020 MARTIN ENNALS AWARD.
Three exceptional women are the finalists for the 2020 Martin Ennals Award, a demonstration of the leading position now occupied by women in the defence of human rights. The 2020 Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders will be presented to one of them on 19 February during a ceremony hosted by the City of Geneva which, as part of its commitment to human rights, has for many years supported the Award.
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TREATY BODIES | BRIEFING ON JOINT PROPOSALS AHEAD OF THE 2020 REVIEW
An increasing number of joint proposals are being tabled by States, treaty bodies and NGOs ahead of the 2020 review of the UN treaty bodies. These were presented and discussed in a public briefing for States hosted jointly by ISHR and TBnet.
CHINA | UN EXPERT TO ASSESS THE RIGHTS OF OLDER PERSONS IN RARE OPPORTUNITY TO VISIT THE COUNTRY
In the context of mounting international pressure for UN human rights officials and experts to have unfettered access to the country, the expert's final report should adopt a strong human rights-based approach in reviewing the national situation.
SECURITY COUNCIL | ARE PEACE AND SECURITY POSSIBLE WITHOUT WOMEN HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS?
The expertise, insights and efforts of women human rights defenders are key to achieving a sustainable and effective response to conflict, says ISHR in a new report providing recommendations to the UN Security Council on how best to ensure such input is sought, heard and acted upon.
OPINION | 10 WAYS TO IMPROVE GENDER EQUALITY AT THE UN
Gender equality is vital to realising human rights for all; without it we have no hope of achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Yet no country has achieved full gender equality. When it comes to women’s participation in parliament globally, we are still below 25 per cent – at the current rate of progress, it will take another half century to reach gender parity.
CHINA | UN HIGH COMMISSIONER SHOULD CONDEMN POLICE VIOLENCE, SUPPORT PEACEFUL PROTEST IN HONG KONG
A press briefing on Hong Kong from the UN human rights office raised serious concerns, said human rights groups. High Commissioner Bachelet should urgently denounce the Hong Kong government's restrictions on the right to peacefully assemble and associate, speak out in support of peaceful protestors, and reiterate calls for independent investigations into excessive use of force by the Hong Kong Police Force.
TREATY BODIES | CELEBRATING CIVIL SOCIETY COOPERATION WITH THE UN ANTI-RACISM COMMITTEE
The 100th session of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination provides an opportunity to celebrate the major achievements of the first UN treaty body, which started to operate 50 years ago.
SPECIAL PROCEDURES | NEW ISHR GUIDE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS
ISHR is pleased to launch its new guide to the UN Special Procedures, an essential tool for human rights defenders seeking to engage more strategically with these experts, for greater impact on the ground.
OPINION | PROTECTING THOSE WHO DEFEND OUR HUMAN RIGHTS
Human rights defenders advocate for humanity and fight for freedom, dignity and equality for all people. In many countries, they're being oppressed and punished for standing up for those who can't. Therefore, the mandate of the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders was created.
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