Human Rights Monitor
Alert to the 42nd session of the Human Rights Council

HRC42 | KEY ISSUES ON THE AGENDA OF SEPTEMBER 2019 SESSION
 
The 42nd session of the UN Human Rights Council, from 9 September to 27 September 2019, will consider issues including reprisals and intimidation, rights of indigenous peoples, the question of the death penalty, arbitrary detention and enforced disappearances among many other issues. It will also present an opportunity to address grave human rights situations in States including in Yemen, Nicaragua, Venezuela, Myanmar, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, among others. Here’s an overview of some of the key items on the agenda.
Don't miss these side events organised by ISHR
  • Human Rights Council Elections 2019: discussions of candidate States’ visions for membership, Wednesday 11 September 2019, 10:00-11:30, Room XXV;
  • Rule of law in China, Tuesday 17 September, 10:00-11:00, Room IV;
  • Ending Reprisals, Wednesday 18 September 2019, 16:30-17:30, Room VIII, co-sponsored by the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies and Forum-Asia;
  • The Continued Silencing and Imprisonment of Saudi women's rights activists, 26 September 2019, 09:30-10:30, Room XXIV, organised by ISHR, CIVICUS, Women’s March Global and the Gulf Center for Human Rights;

WINS | HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS MAKING A DIFFERENCE 



Many of you will know the starfish parable – the story of a young girl who, when asked what difference she can make while walking along a beach littered with thousands of stranded starfish, picks one up, gently places it back in the sea and responds, ‘I made a difference to that one’. 



 

REPRISALS | SECRETARY-GENERAL CALLS ON UN AND STATES TO DO MORE TO PREVENT AND ADDRESS REPRISALS

Human rights defenders are indispensable to the UN’s work on the promotion and protection of human rights. A new UN report finds that defenders’ free and safe access to the UN should be a priority and core responsibility of the UN and more must be done to protect and promote defenders’ fundamental right to engage with international human rights bodies and mechanisms.
 

HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER'S PROFILE | MPHATSO SAKALA FROM ZAMBIA

ISHR was pleased to interview Mphatso Sakala, who participated in our Human Rights Defender Advocacy Programme last June. 
 
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CHINA | WE REMEMBER THE VICTIMS OF ENFORCED DISAPPEARANCES

You blink, and they're gone: On 30 August 2019, ISHR and our partners commemorated the International Day against Enforced Disappearance and made visible those who have been disappeared by Chinese authorities.

CEDAW | WOMEN HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS NEED BETTER PROTECTION IN THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO 

The Democratic Republic of Congo's eighth periodic report to the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) was reviewed at its seventy-third session (1 – 19 July 2019). During its review, the Committee urged the State to adopt a law on human rights defenders and to take measures to ensure the protection of fundamentals rights. Four key human rights defenders-related recommendations were addressed to the State.
 

CHINA | UN EXPERTS CONDEMN THE DETENTION OF CHINESE HUMAN RIGHTS LAWYER AS ARBITRARY


In December 2018, the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention found that the Chinese Government’s arrest and detention of a human rights lawyer was arbitrary and violated his human rights under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.






 
CEDAW | COTE D'IVOIRE MUST TAKE MORE ACTION TO PROTECT WOMEN HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS 
 
The Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) held its seventy-third session from 1 to 19 July 2019 in Geneva. CEDAW considered the fourth periodic report of Côte d'Ivoire. During this session, serious concerns about the protection of women human rights defenders were expressed.
 

BURUNDI | NGOs CONDEMN 32 YEARS PRISON SENTENCE FOR GERMAIN RUKUKI

In a country where dissent is repressed and human rights are criminalised, demanding the full enjoyment of fundamental rights and freedoms is a matter of life or death. 44 international and local NGOs strongly condemn the conviction against human rights defender Germain Rukuki upheld on appeal and call for his immediate and unconditional release​.
 

COLOMBIA | WE TOO DEMAND PEACE



As Colombians march for peace on 26 July, we echo their call for a permanent end to the war, and for the government to protect social leaders building peace in their communities. We stand in solidarity with the millions who are struggling to build a just, complete and lasting peace, and who say #26deJulioElGrito.


 
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