Human Rights Council Monitor - 24-27 September 2013

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Council Monitor
24-27 September 2013
 
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Opinion

Council should not be a bystander on reprisals

Ambassador András Dékány and Dr Istvan Lakatos, Human Rights Ambassador, Permanent Mission of Hungary to the United Nations

The adoption of Hungary’s resolution on reprisals, and the creation of a senior UN-wide focal point, is an important step in demonstrating to human rights defenders across the world that the UN is not simply a bystander when it comes to reprisals against those who seek to cooperate with its mechanisms… more

 

HIGHLIGHTS


“What would the work of this Council be without the contributions made by civil society? What would our impact be in the field without the support and work of civil society? How can we defend victims without the contribution made by civil society? This at the end of the day should be our major concern.”

Costa Rica during adoption of resolution on civil society space




“No human being may be denied his or her rights solely because of his or her sexual orientation…The Council needs to continue to address the issue of sexual orientation and abuse because of sexual orientation. ”

The Netherlands

 

ISHR ADVOCACY

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....
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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.


 

RESOLUTIONS ADOPTED AT 24TH SESSION

TEXTS AND VOTING RECORDS ARE AVAILABLE HERE (USERNAME: HRC EXTRANET; PASSWORD: 1SESSION)


Promoting human rights through sport and the Olympic ideal

Local government and human rights

Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery

Human rights and unilateral coercive measures

The right to development

The rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association

The right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health

High-level panel on the identification of good practices in combatting female genital mutilation

World Programme for Human Rights Education

Panel discussion on the safety of journalists

The role of prevention in the promotion and protection of human rights

Arbitrary detention

Equal political participation

Human rights and indigenous peoples: mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples

Human rights and indigenous peoples

Conscientious objection to military service

Civil society space: creating and maintaining, in law and in practice, a safe and enabling environment

Preventable mortality and morbidity of children under 5 years of age as a human rights concern

Human rights in the administration of justice, including juvenile justice

The use of mercenaries as a means of violating human rights and impeding the exercise of the right of peoples to self-determination

The human right to safe drinking water and sanitation

Impact of arms transfers on human rights in armed conflict

Strengthening efforts to prevent and eliminate child, early and forced marriage: challenges, achievements, best practices and implementation gaps

Regional arrangements for promoting and protecting human rights

The human rights of older persons

The continuing grave deterioration of the human rights and humanitarian situation in the Syrian Arab Republic

Establishment of a special fund for the participation of civil society in the Social forum, the Forum on Minority Issues and the Forum on Business and Human Rights

Cooperation with the United Nations, its representatives and mechanisms in the field of human rights

The Social Forum

From rhetoric to reality: a global call for concrete action against racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance

Technical assistance and capacity building for human rights in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Technical assistance for the Sudan in the field of human rights

Advisory services and technical assistance for Cambodia

Assistance to Somalia in the field of human rights

Enhancement of technical cooperation and capacity-building in the field of human rights

Technical assistance and capacity-building for Yemen

Technical cooperation for the prevention of attacks against persons with albinism

Technical assistance to the Central African Republic

Postponement of the renewal of the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on adequate housing as a component of the right to an adequate standard of living and on the right to non-discrimination in this context

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