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#HRC33 ISHR SIDE EVENT / FOLLOW-UP PLEDGING EVENT FOR HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL CANDIDATES

ISHR and Amnesty International invite you to an interactive public discussion in Geneva with States seeking election to the UN Human Rights Council. The candidates have outlined their big picture visions and the thematic focuses they want to pursue on the Council. Now it’s time to explore the what, how and when of their pledges.

#HRC33 / THEMATIC HIGHLIGHTS

The UN Human Rights Council will hold its 33rd regular session in Geneva from next Tuesday to 30 September.  Reprisals, enforced disappearances, arbitrary detention and National Human Rights Institutions are some of the thematic areas ISHR’s advocacy will focus on. Here’s what you need to know.
#HRC33 / COUNCIL PROGRAMME, APPOINTMENTS AND RESOLUTIONS

It’s another busy session of the Human Rights Council coming up. Here’s our overview of the key discussions, debates and opportunities for engagement.
#HRC33 / COUNTRY-SPECIFIC DEVELOPMENTS

The human rights situations in Burundi and Cambodia are set to be put in the spotlight by the Human Rights Council. Mandate holders will be providing updates on Sudan, Central African Republic, Libya and the Democratic Republic of the Congo and it's hoped an interactive dialogue will shed some light on Syria.
#HRC33 / SIDE EVENTS

Both member states and NGOs will be hosting a number of side events during the Council session. Here’s our pick of the crop. 
CAMBODIA / NGOS RAISE ALARM AND CALL FOR MORE INTERNATIONAL PRESSURE

In the face of government efforts to discredit the work of human rights NGOs and restrict their ability to operate, ISHR has joined the call for a Human Rights Council resolution on Cambodia at the upcoming session.
HONDURAS / REPRISALS AND INTIMIDATION AGAINST HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS MUST END

A human rights defender in Honduras, Karen Mejía - who participated in a ISHR training program in June, was detained following a meeting with an independent expert of the UN, prompting ISHR to reiterate its calls for an end of harassment of those working to promote and defend human rights in the country.

NGO COMMITTEE / DELAYS IN UN ACCREDITATION HIGHLIGHT URGENT NEED FOR SYSTEMIC REFORM

The latest examples of credible and important NGOs having to wait years to gain access to the UN, once again highlight the urgent need to reform the dysfunctional ‘gatekeeper’ committee that controls the accreditation process.
NEW REPORT / HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER STRATEGIES TO PROTECT CIVIL SOCIETY SPACE

To share experiences and strategies with human rights defenders working to safeguard civil society space, ISHR has released a new report showcasing examples of successful human rights change from around the world.
 
YARA SALLAM / HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER PROFILE

Prominent Egyptian feminist and human rights advocate at the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights talks about her arrest for challenging Egypt’s harsh anti-protest laws and the role international human rights community can play in achieving progress.
 

CHINA / DOMESTIC RECORD ACHILLES' HEEL FOR WOULD-BE HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL HEAVYWEIGHT

China seeks greater leadership at the Human Rights Council while at the same time attempting to weaken the Council's very foundations and obstruct its work. ISHR’s Sarah M Brooks examines these contradictions with a look at China's performance at the last Council session.
CHINA / ASSESSING UPR PROGRESS ON HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS AND LAWYERS 

A new ISHR report assesses China’s lack of progress at implementing UPR recommendations and highlights the need for China to starting living up to the promises it makes at the UN.

 
CHINA / CIVIL SOCIETY AND HUMAN RIGHTS MUST BE CENTRAL TO ANTI-POVERTY EFFORTS

The recent visit to China by Philip Alston, the UN's independent expert on extreme poverty and human rights, challenged official narratives of 'harmonious development' and reaffirmed ISHR's concerns about the long-ranging impacts of the crackdown on lawyers and civil society.
BURUNDI / FAILURE TO COOPERATE WITH UN TREATY BODY WARRANTS SUSPENSION FROM HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL 

Burundi’s recent ‘no show’ at a session of the UN Committee against Torture where it was to face questions about serious human rights violations has prompted human rights defenders to call on the General Assembly to take disciplinary action. 
 
COMMUNICATIONS INTERNSHIP / DEADLINE EXTENDED 

We’re seeking an outstanding communications intern to join us in Geneva to assist with our video production, desktop publishing, graphic design and social media output.
 

UN ENGAGEMENT / UPCOMING OPPORTUNITIES

There are a number of upcoming opportunities for civil society groups to engage with the UN human rights systems. For example, upcoming UN country visits are scheduled and the UPR working group will be reviewing a number of countries next year. So get out the diary.
TWITTER / ISHR IS NOW TWEETING IN CHINESE, FRENCH & SPANISH 

Check out our new twitter accounts @ISHR_chinese @ISHR_fr and @ISHR_esp
 
INSTAGRAM / SHARE ISHR AND HUMAN RIGHTS RELATED PHOTOS WITH US

We’ve also started an instagram account to share photos from our various events and project, so if you are on Instagram check out and follow @ISHRglobal.
 
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