UN PASSES STRONGEST RESOLUTION YET ON ENDING REPRISALS AGAINST HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS
The United Nations has taken a critical step towards ending the disturbing pattern of attacks, harassment and reprisals against human rights defenders and others who cooperate with the UN.
A landmark resolution adopted by the UN’s Human Rights Council is the strongest one to date on the issue of reprisals.
The resolution calls on the Secretary-General himself to appoint a high-level official to coordinate the international response to the issue of reprisals, to strengthen protections for human rights defenders, and to intervene in cases of alleged attacks. The resolution also urges States to enact laws to protect human rights defenders.... more
HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL CONDEMNS CIVIL SOCIETY CRACKDOWN
The Human Rights Council has condemned the global crackdown on civil society and called on all governments to protect and support the work of non-governmental organisations and human rights defenders… more
COUNCIL MUST DEFEND THE PRINCIPLES OF THE VIENNA DECLARATION AND PROGRAMME OF ACTION
ISHR has called on the Human Rights Council to defend the principles of the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action, including principles of non-interference in the work of NGOs, and non-discrimination… more
LEADING NGOS URGE STATES TO REJECT PROPOSALS TO WEAKEN CIVIL SOCIETY PROTECTIONS
A coalition of leading non-governmental organisations successfully called on governments to reject proposals made by Cuba, Pakistan and Russia which, if adopted, would undermine civil society and weaken protections for human rights defenders… more
INTERVIEW ON SBS RADIO AUSTRALIA: REPRISALS AGAINST CHINESE HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS
ISHR's Director of Human Rights Council Advocacy, Michael Ineichen has spoken to SBS Radio Australia on the reported disappearance of a Chinese human rights defender… more
NGOs welcome Council's efforts on civil society but regret attempts by some to undermine action
A group of leading human rights NGOs, including ISHR, has commended the steps taken by the Council at its 24th session to support human rights defenders… more
PRESIDENT OF HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL CONDEMNS REPRISALS
The presidency added its voice to the condemnation of reprisals at this session of the Human Rights Council. At a meeting of the bureau at which cases of intimidation and threats against defenders participating in this session were brought to the president’s attention, the President reiterated the principles of resolution 16/21 which strongly rejects reprisals against those attempting to cooperate with the UN human rights system.
Also at a discussion on implementation of the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action, the US condemned cases of arbitrary detention including against human rights defenders in China.
At the conclusion of the session, States adopted a landmark resolution on reprisals that calls on the Secretary-General to appoint a UN-wide focal point on reprisals.
Ms Cao Shunli, a human rights defender from China scheduled to attend an ISHR training course on international human rights advocacy has reportedly been disappeared when trying to board a flight to Geneva, and was one of two defenders prevented from attending the Human Rights Council's 24th session.