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#VICTORY AT HRC41 | UN RENEWS CRUCIAL MANDATE FOR PROTECTION AGAINST VIOLENCE AND DISCRIMINATION BASED ON SEXUAL ORIENTATION AND GENDER IDENTITY

This is another historic victory, not only for communities of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities but for humanity as a whole: In a defining vote, the United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a resolution to renew the mandate of the Independent Expert focusing on the protection against violence and discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

HRC41 | CIVIL SOCIETY PRESENTS KEY TAKEAWAYS FROM HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL

Civil society organisations welcomed significant outcomes of the Human Rights Council's 41st session, including the extension of the SOGI mandate, adopting the first resolution on the Philippines and extending its scrutiny over Eritrea, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Belarus and Ukraine. This session witnessed heightened scrutiny of Council members by shedding light on the situations in Saudi Arabia and China.
 

HRC41 | 22 STATES JOINTLY CONDEMN CHINA'S SUPPRESSION OF MINORITIES IN XINJIANG

In an unprecedented move, a cross-regional group of 22 States have urged China to uphold its international obligations and to allow independent observers to access and investigate grave human rights violations in Xinjiang.





 

SAVE THE DATE | PLEDGING EVENTS AHEAD OF HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL ELECTIONS 2019 

In advance of the Human Rights Council elections that will take place this autumn for the membership term 2020-2022, Amnesty International and the International Service for Human Rights will hold pledging events for candidate States in New York and Geneva.
 

SUPPORTING DEFENDERS | BUILDING SKILLS & SOLIDARITY - HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER ADVOCACY PROGRAMME 2019

Over two intense weeks, 18 dedicated human rights defenders participating in ISHR’s 2019 Human Rights Defenders Advocacy Programme (HRDAP) exchanged experiences, strengthened their skills, put them into practice, and built a network of allies in Geneva and across the globe.
 

CHINA | UN EXPERTS MUST SPEAK OUT ON LEGISLATIVE MEASURES TARGETING LAWYERS IN CHINA 

Last week marked the 4th anniversary of the '709 crackdown' against over 300 lawyers and legal rights defenders. Four years on, UN experts and the international community must speak out against arbitrary detention, enforced disappearances and deteriorating conditions for human rights lawyers in China.
 

HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER'S PROFILE | NFOR HANSON NCHANJI FROM CAMEROON

ISHR was honoured to interview Nfor Hanson Nchanji, award-winning human rights journalist from Cameroon.






 
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THANK YOU | DEFENDERS SAY THANK YOU




Thanks to those of you who sent messages of solidarity to the 18 amazing advocates and activists who participated in the 2019 edition of our Human Rights Defender Advocacy Programme. They have now returned to their communities where they are leveraging what they’ve learned so that everyone can enjoy their basic rights. 
 

OPINION | TIME FOR THE NEW AUTHORITIES TO BREAK THE CYCLE OF REPRESSION AGAINST CIVIL SOCIETY

Despite current circumstances being conducive to the opening of a healthy democratic space, doubts linger over whether the new authorities of the Democratic Republic of Congo will seize this opportunity to put an end to impunity, bring its legislation into line with international standards and take concrete steps to promote and protect human rights.
 
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CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS | UN SYSTEM-WIDE COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT GUIDELINES ON PEACEBUILDING AND SUSTAINING PEACE

The working group on the UN System-wide Community-Engagement Guidelines on Peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace invites all UN entities and civil society actors active in peacebuilding to participate in a 3-day online consultation. This online consultation will take place between 5-7 August 2019 and will be open to participants based anywhere in the world.

To register, please complete the online form via this link by 23 July 2019.
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