Human Rights Monitor

SUPPORT ISHR | GIVE BACK TO HUMANITY

This December, ISHR is raising money to provide invaluable skills and resources to courageous activists from around the world so they can share their hopes and agenda for a better world.
 

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.

ASIA | ISHR LAUNCHES NEW REPORT ON THE LEGISLATIVE PROTECTION OF HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS IN SEVEN COUNTRIES

ISHR launches a report examining existing legal frameworks on the protection of human rights defenders in seven countries in Asia and calls for further legislative developments to protect their work. 

LGBTI RIGHTS | FACTSHEETS ON UN SPECIAL PROCEDURES



ISHR and ILGA World have updated their factsheets on different UN experts – check out the references to LGBTI persons and recommendations that these Special Procedures have made.
 

HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER STORY | OLGA KARACH FROM BELARUS
 
ISHR was honoured to interview Olga Karach, Chief of International Centre for Civil Initiatives "OUR HOUSE" from Belarus.
 

ISHR ACADEMY | VISIT OUR E-LEARNING PLATFORM!

 
Looking for new tools to help you use the UN to push for change on the ground? Our #ISHRacademy provides learning modules on the Human Rights Council and on Special Procedures, real-life examples, insider tips, and information on accessing the UN and responding to reprisals.
 

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.

SDGs | DEFENDERS ARE INDISPENSABLE TO SUSTAINABLE AND INCLUSIVE DEVELOPMENT


Human rights defenders are indispensable to sustainable and inclusive development, as well as addressing poverty and inequality. Their protection is central for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda.


 

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.
 
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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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Do you have a passion for changing the world? Are you a fan of new technologies and the opportunities offered by the digital space? Then this might be the right opportunity for you! Application deadline: 15 January.

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