THIRD COMMITTEE | FIRST EVER MEETING HELD WITH CIVIL SOCIETY
History was made last Monday when the UN General Assembly’s Third Committee and civil society representatives met, at the invitation of the Chair, to reflect on the work of the Committee – particularly on human rights - past, present and future.
OPINION | COOPERATION WITH HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS IS KEY TO ENHANCE THEIR RECOGNITION WITHIN THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY
By Lena Hasle, Senior Advisor at the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Achieving strong provisions for women human rights defenders in the resolution passed by the UN General Assembly on 18 December was a key concern for Norway. The fact that many States were represented by women negotiators was important for the discussion, and for securing new language regarding the protection of women human rights defenders against sexual and gender based violence, as well as attacks online.
HRC2020 | BLUEPRINT FOR STATES TO ENSURE THAT THE UN HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL CONTINUES TO BE CREDIBLE, ACCESSIBLE AND EFFECTIVE
For many rights holders, victims and activists, the UN Human Rights Council provides the last or only opportunity to get international attention and support for their vital work towards a world that’s more fair, equal and sustainable. We need the Council to continue being credible, effective and accessible to everyone. This is only possible if States demonstrate leadership, take principled action, ensure that Council members live up to their responsibilities and expectations, and fully cooperate with the Council’s mechanisms.
CHINA | TWO YEARS SINCE RENOWNED LAWYER'S DISAPPEARANCE, CHINA SHOULD FINALLY PUT A STOP TO HARASSMENT OF LAWYERS
On 19 January 2018, Chinese human rights lawyer Yu Wensheng was taken by police while he walked his son to school; his wife received notice of his formal detention over a week later. For two years his family and friends – supported by the international community - have continued to call for due process and his safe release.
Prior to the review of Guinea human rights record in January 2020, NGOs, State delegations and the NHRI gathered for the pre-session organised on 10 December 2019. This pre-session offered civil society a platform to directly advocate to State delegations ahead of the UPR session and facilitated the possibility for diplomatic delegations to ascertain information on Guinea’s human rights record.