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#HRC33 ISHR SIDE EVENT | COMPREHENSIVE RESPONSES TO ACTS OF INTIMIDATION AND REPRISALS IN THE FIELD OF HUMAN RIGHTS

The permanent missions to the UN of Ghana, Hungary, Ireland and Uruguay in cooperation with ISHR are hosting a panel discussion on Monday about current situations, existing practices and new ideas for better implementation of Human Rights Council resolutions on preventing and responding to reprisals.

EGYPT | END HARASSMENT OF HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS AND ORGANISATIONS 

Egyptian authorities have frozen the assets of a number of leading independent human rights advocates. It's a move that is both illegal and ill-advised and must be reversed immediately.
 
BURUNDI | HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL SHOULD ESTABLISH COMMISSION TO INVESTIGATE ABUSE

Human rights violations will worsen in Burundi until perpetrators are adequately held accountable, hence the need for a Commission of Inquiry, said ISHR with a group of leading NGOs in a letter to the Human Rights Council. 
 

CHINA | DAUGHTER OF DISAPPEARED HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER CALLS FOR BETTER SCRUTINY ON CHINA

It is critical that the Council hear the voices of victims and families of victims of violations in China rather than taking the delegation's statements on a supposedly spotless human rights record at face value, said Angela Gui in an oral statement. 
 
ELECTIONS | #HRCPLEDGING EVENT WRAP UP 

The majority of States seeking election to the Human Rights Council recently participated in an interactive event we hosted with Amnesty International in Geneva where they faced questions from the audience and social media users.
 
ELECTIONS | HOW DO THE CANDIDATES RATE? 

To coincide with the #HRCpledging event, we published a 'scorecard' for each of the States standing for election to the Human Rights Council. Check out how the candidates stack up.
 

SECRETARY-GENERAL | STEP UP UN RESPONSE TO REPRISALS

In a long awaited but most welcome announcement, the Secretary-General has declared he will strengthen protections for human rights defenders, witnesses, victims and others who provide vital information and testimony to the UN, and will strengthen efforts to ensure accountability for those who perpetrate acts of intimidation or reprisals.
 
#HRC33 | STATE NON-COOPERATION MUST BE MET WITH CONSEQUENCES

States that fail to cooperate with the UN Human Rights Council, or seek to silence those who defend universal human rights, should face real consequences. That was the message our director Phil Lynch delivered to the Council following the High Commissioner’s global update.
 
#HRC33 | PRESIDENT CALLS ON MEMBER STATES TO COOPERATE WITH UN EXPERTS

In a separate statement delivered to the Human Rights Council, ISHR urged the President to ensure full State cooperation with the Council and its experts and urged members States to make the Council more accessible, effective and protective.
AZERBAIJAN | UN HUMAN RIGHTS EXPERT CALLS FOR RETHINK TO PUNITIVE APPROACH TO CIVIL SOCIETY

UN independent expert Michel Forst has urged the Government of Azerbaijan to stop criminalisation of peaceful and legitimate activities by human rights defenders, release all detained defenders and rescind criminal and administrative sanctions against them and their families.
 
INFORMATION POLICIES | SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR SEEKING INPUT

The UN’s Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression has called for submissions from human rights organisations sharing their perspectives and experiences regarding access to information policies.
HRC33 SIDE EVENT | PREVENTING AN ENTRENCHED CRISIS IN BURUNDI

This side event regarding monitoring and accountability for human rights violations will take place on Monday 26 September, from 3 to 4 pm, room XXI. 
 
COMMUNICATIONS INTERNSHIP | DEADLINE EXTENDED 

We’re seeking an outstanding communications intern to join us in Geneva to assist with our video production, desktop publishing, graphic design and social media output.
 

IFTIKHAR MUBARIK | HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER PROFILE

Child rights advocate, Iftikhar Mubarik, discusses his work addressing child exploitation in Pakistan and how he seeks to utilise the UN human rights system.
 
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