Human Rights Monitor
DAVOS | GLOBAL CRACKDOWN ON CIVIL SOCIETY AND CIVIC FREEDOMS WARRANTS GLOBAL BUSINESS RESPONSE

Business and civil society alike thrive in open democracies. It is in their collective interest that business enterprises play an active role in responding to the global crackdown on human rights defenders and civic freedoms, participants at the World Economic Forum in Davos have been told.
 

UN WORKING GROUP  | LANDMARK DECISION OPENS PATH FOR NATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS INSTITUTIONS AT THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

The Open-ended Working Group on Ageing has resolved to engage directly with national human rights institutions. This will be the first time these institutions are allowed to participate in their own right in sessions of a New York-based subsidiary body of the United Nations General Assembly. 
SOGI RIGHTS  | ISHR HOSTS WELCOMING RECEPTION FOR UN EXPERT ON SEXUAL ORIENTATION AND GENDER IDENTITY

Historic UN position dedicated to combatting violence and discrimination faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people around the world has commenced with public consultations in Geneva.
 

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS | 10 YEAR REVIEW OF THE YOGYAKARTA PRINCIPLES

ISHR and ARC International are calling for submissions regarding the application of human rights law in relation to sexual orientation, gender identity and sex characteristics. 
 
KUWAIT | END CRACKDOWN ON FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION AND WOMEN HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS
 
As challenges and restrictions grow for women human rights defenders in Kuwait, ISHR and the Gulf Centre for Human Rights have urged the UN’s body on women’s rights to explicitly recognise the work of defenders as essential to the promotion, protection and realisation of women's rights.
LEBANON  | GOVERNMENT SHOULD PROTECT MIGRANT RIGHTS DEFENDERS, NOT DEPORT THEM

Being a migrant worker is hard; being a migrant worker who seeks to protect the rights of other migrants is harder still. In the lead up to International Migrants Day, we joined calls for the release of detained migrant rights defenders.
 
MALI | MINISTERS ADOPT DRAFT LAW ON PROTECTING HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS
 
The Government of Mali takes an important step forward in the recognition and protection of human rights defenders in the country.
 
COLOMBIA | WOMEN HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS' RIGHTS WERE VIOLATED SAYS INTER-AMERICAN COURT

The Inter-American Court has found that Colombia failed to adopt adequate measures to protect the life of community leader Ana Teresa Yarce and guarantee the right to freedom of association, among others, of four women human rights defenders. 
 

WOMEN HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS | NEW GUIDE ON UN RESOLUTION

On International Human Rights Defenders Day we were pleased to share our rough guide to UN General Assembly Resolution 68/181 regarding the protection of women human rights defenders.
 
CHINA  | DESPITE GOVERNMENT'S CLAIMS, HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS ARE STILL SUFFERING

Recent reports that human rights lawyers in China are being tortured make a mockery of the Government's superficial anti-torture reforms and undermine its efforts to position itself on the world stage as a ‘responsible leader’.
MEXICO  | PRESS RELEASE BY SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR ON HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS

Impunity has become both the cause and the effect of the overall insecurity of human rights defenders in Mexico, has warned United Nations Special Rapporteur Michel Forst at the end of his first official visit to the country.

 

ISHR STRATEGIC FRAMEWORK | AN AMBITIOUS AGENDA FOR TUMULTUOUS TIMES

ISHR has launched an ambitious new strategy to support human rights defenders and strengthen human rights laws, systems and coalitions in these tumultous times. 
 
THANK YOU!  | DECEMBER APPEAL RAISES $34,000 FOR HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMME

A big thanks to everyone who chipped in to invest in the future of human rights by helping us to empower human rights defenders today.
 
STAFFING  | FOUR NEW ADDITIONS TO THE ISHR TEAM

Please welcome our four new staff members – Cholpon Orozobekova, Antsa Rakotonanahary, Veaceslav Dodonu and Christine Do Phan.
 
#UNGA71 | LAST MINUTE ATTEMPT TO CHOKE UN FUNDING FOR HUMAN RIGHTS

In the very final UN session of 2016, a handful of countries sought to avoid scrutiny of their own human rights records by attempting to cut off essential funding for the UN's independent experts. Fortunately the move was voted down.
 
NGO ENGAGEMENT WITH THE UN | UPCOMING OPPORTUNITIES

There are a number of upcoming opportunities for civil society groups to engage with the UN human rights systems.
ANDREA IXCHIU HERNANDEZ | HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER PROFILE
 
Andrea Ixchíu Hernandez  is an indigenous rights defender working for several organisations in Guatemala. She talks to ISHR about her work to build up community media so the voices of indigenous people are  heard and the violations they face are publicly unveiled.
 
Hola. Sabías que tweeteamos también en español?
你好!
你知道我们现在也有中文推特了吗?
Bonjour ! Nous tweetons aussi en français !
 
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