Coming right on the back of last week's UN General Assembly’s 74th session high-level week, yesterday the work of the UN General Assembly’s Third Committee kicked off. This year’s session will run for eight weeks from 1 October to 21 November. The Committee will be chaired by Christian Braun from Luxembourg.
HRC42 | CIVIL SOCIETY PRESENTS KEY TAKEAWAYS FROM HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL
Civil society organisations welcomed significant outcomes of the HRC's 42nd session, including reaffirming its condemnation of reprisals and extending its scrutiny over Yemen, Venezuela, Cambodia, Burundi, Myanmar, and Sudan. This session witnessed heightened scrutiny of Council members by shedding light on the situation in Saudi Arabia, but it missed an opportunity to ensure scrutiny over situations in China, Kashmir and Egypt.
COTE D'IVOIRE | ADOPT AN INTER-MINISTERIAL DECREE ESTABLISHING THE PROTECTION MECHANISM FOR HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS
Following the adoption of the law in 2014 and its implementing decree in 2017, the Ivorian civil society, in collaboration with the National Human Rights Council, engages in the process of setting up the protection mechanism for human rights defenders. Establishing this mechanism is a crucial step to keep reinforcing the protection of human rights defenders in Cote d'Ivoire.
HRC42 | UN AND THE STATES MUST CONDEMN WITH ONE VOICE SYSTEMIC RIGHTS VIOLATIONS IN CHINA
From Xinjiang to Hong Kong, concerns over gross human rights violations and the absence of rule of law in China have been raised by States, United Nations officials and rights groups at the 42nd session of the UN Human Rights Council. Such action, says ISHR, must be continued and strengthened in order to bring about change.
CLIMATE EMERGENCY | YOUTH ACTIVISTS ARE THE PRESENT AND THE FUTURE!
Young people were calling on us to disrupt business as usual and join the strikes on Friday 20 and 27 September. While the media have mainly reported on demonstrations in major cities, young activists in all world regions are defending the environment. We talked to four young defenders to understand why climate emergency matters to them.
HRC42 | STATES CALL ON SAUDI ARABIA TO IMPROVE ITS HUMAN RIGHTS RECORD
Australia delivered a significant joint statement on behalf of a cross-regional group of States expressing their concern over the persecution and intimidation of activists, including women human rights defenders, as well as in relation to reports of torture, extrajudicial killing, enforced disappearances, unfair trials, arbitrary detention and impunity. It calls on the Saudi government to end impunity, including for the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, accept visits by UN experts, end the death penalty and ratify international human rights treaties.