Human Rights Monitor
WELCOME NEWS | BAN KI-MOON APPOINTS HIGH-RANKING OFFICIAL TO COMBAT REPRISALS AGAINST HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS

ISHR has been pursuing this reform for the last three years so we are absolutely thrilled that the Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon has appointed Assistant Secretary General, Andrew Gilmour, to a new role to help combat reprisals against human rights defenders who engage with the UN. Well done and thanks to all involved!

LGBT RIGHTS | FIRST EVER UN EXPERT ON SEXUAL ORIENTATION AND GENDER IDENTITY APPOINTED

Thailand's Vitit Muntarbhorn, a former ISHR board member, has been appointed as the UN's independent expert of sexual orientation and gender identity issues to help protect the rights of LGBT people around the world.
HRC33 | WRAP UP

Our Human Rights Council Advocacy director, Michael Ineichen, takes a look at the highs and lows of the September Council's session.

ALERT | UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY PROGRAMME

The UN General Assembly’s Third Committee meeting just got underway and will run until late November. From the right to privacy in the digital age to extrajudicial executions, here’s our overview of the key resolutions, reports, country situations and more that will be up for debate.

GRACE GENG | TRUTH IS POWER AND I WILL KEEP SPEAKING OUT UNTIL MY FATHER IS FREE

Grace Geng, the daughter of human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng, shares her family’s harrowing story of the lengths the Chinese Government goes to in order to crush dissent.
GUATEMALA | FALSE CRIMINAL COMPLAINTS USED TO BLOCK THE WORK OF HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS 

It’s an old, but frustratingly persistent tactic to bog human rights defenders down in time-consuming and expensive legal proceedings. Iduvina Estalinova Hernández Batres is the latest to find herself at the centre of outlandish allegations of criminal activities.
 
EGYPT | HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL MUST SUPPORT AND PROTECT NGOS
 
With seven other leading human rights organisations, we have urged the Human Rights Council to help address Egypt's ill-advised and illegal repression of human rights defenders and organisations.
 
PHILIPPINES | DEFENDERS OF ECONOMIC, SOCIAL AND CULTURAL RIGHTS NEED TO BE PROTECTED

The situation for human rights defenders working on economic social and cultural rights in the Philippines is dire and is not improving. In a joint submission we've urged the UN's Committee on ESC rights to call on the Philippines to address the specific risks facing defenders. 
ZIMBABWE UPR | STOP THE ARBITRARY ARREST AND DETENTION OF HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS

Zimbabwe's human rights record will come under the spotlight this month and we've prepare a briefing paper with Lawyers for Lawyers and Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights outlining the terrible situation for human rights defenders in Zimbabwe and what should be done about it.
GENDER DIVERSITY | UN HUMAN RIGHTS BODIES MUST LIVE UP TO WORDS
 
Women hold a mere 37% of the UN’s Special Procedures mandate positions. This needs to be fixed and it won't fix itself. We joined with eight other organisations to call for deliberate and proactive steps to ensure the UN – the body designed to represent the world – is actually representative.
THAILAND | IMMEDIATELY DROP SEDITION CASE AGAINST HUMAN RIGHTS LAWYER SIRIKAN CHAROENSIRI
 
When human rights lawyer, Sirikan Charoensiri, returned from Geneva - where she had conducted advocacy on the human rights situation in Thailand - she found herself accused of sedition and facing court. We've joined with leading human rights organisations to call on Thailand to immediately drop the charges.
 
BURUNDI | COMMISSION OF INQUIRY NEEDED
 
A nation that doesn’t even show up to answer the questions posed from the UN's Committee Against Torture is not fit for membership of the Human Rights Council. We’ve backed calls for a Commission of Inquiry to investigate the human rights abuses in Burundi and have urged the Human Rights Council to consider expelling the uncooperative State.
IRELAND | STRONG INTERNATIONAL LEADERSHIP FOR THE PROTECTION OF HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS SHOULD BE MATCHED AT HOME

While commending Ireland in a statement to the Human Rights Council for its strong international leadership for the protection of defenders, ISHR has highlighted ways in which the country can improve the protection of defenders back home.
 
OPINION | TIME FOR THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY TO STOP PROCRASTINATING ON CAMBODIA
 
What happens in Cambodia will not stay in Cambodia - a failure of the Human Rights Council to adequately address the deteriorating situation will resonate strongly across the region, writes FORUM-ASIA's R Iniyan Ilango.
OPINION | VOTE TRADING AND SLIDING STANDARDS RISK ERODING THE CREDIBILITY OF THE HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL
 
The world’s nations need to apply more rigor and integrity to the process of appointing the members of the world’s peak human rights body, write ISHR’s Eleanor Openshaw, Madeleine Sinclair and Michael Ineichen. 
SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR | ENVIRONMENTAL HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS ARE CRITICAL TO OUR FUTURE 
 
The protection of frontline environmental human rights defenders is critical to the future of our planet. This is the simple but urgent message from a UN expert in his 'wake up call' report to the General Assembly.
 
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. For example, upcoming UN country visits are scheduled and the UPR working group will be reviewing a number of countries next year. So get out the diary.
AYCH MCARDLE | HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER PROFILE
 
Aych McArdle is a human rights defender from New Zealand working to promote and protect the rights of lesbian, gay, bi, transgender and intersex people. In June Aych was in Geneva to participate in ISHR's intensive human rights defenders advocacy and training program. 
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MARTIN ENNALS AWARD | DO YOU KNOW A CHAMPION HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER? NOMINATE THEM FOR THIS PRESTIGIOUS AWARD

Our director Phil Lynch is honored to be a Jury Member for the 2017 award and nominations are now open. Please spread the word and nominate your human rights champion.
 
TRAINING | AFRICAN TRAINING ON REGIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS MECHANISMS 
 
More than 25 African human rights defenders have been selected to participate in a ISHR training workshop in Gambia to increase their capacity to engage with the regional and international human rights mechanisms. After the training, participants will have the opportunity to engage and participate in the NGO Forum and in the 59th ordinary session of the African Commission.
 

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