Human Rights Monitor

ANNUAL REPORT | CAUSE FOR HOPE DURING TIMES OF CONCERN

As we embark on a new decade, the world faces tremendous challenges, from climate change to COVID-19. There are plenty of reasons for anxiety and concern. But we see even more reasons for ambition and hope. Discover our new annual report and watch our director's message here!  

CHINA | WANG QUANZHANG SHOULD BE FREE TO JOIN HIS FAMILY 

Although Chinese lawyer Wang Quanzhang is no longer in prison, ISHR and others worry that the injustice continues. He is still not free.

 

GUATEMALA | INDIGENOUS HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER ACQUITTED

Following a seven year legal battle, the Guatemalan Criminal Court acquitted Daniel Pascual and recognised that the defense of human rights should not be criminalised. 
 

COVID-19 | STATE ACTION MUST BE HUMAN RIGHTS COMPLIANT AND PROTECT HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS

The COVID-19 outbreak is both a global health and human rights crisis. In their efforts to effectively combat the pandemic, States must ensure compliance with international human rights law and standards. UN human rights experts have given authoritative guidance in this regard. 

COVID-19 | FOCUSING ON FIVE CORE VALUES

Staying true to our values is never more important than during times of hardship or crisis. At ISHR, there are five values driving our response to the COVID-19 global pandemic: solidarity, dynamism, alertness, wellbeing and hope.
 

CHINA | END DISAPPEARANCES OF HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVISTS

ISHR welcomes ongoing attention by the UN to human rights issues in China, after experts publicly noted concerns about enforced disappearances and their impact on those promoting human rights and democracy in the country.  
 

VACANCY | PROGRAMME DIRECTOR - GENEVA

Together with another Programme Director – and working closely with senior programme, finance, fundraising, communications and campaign staff – this position has overall responsibility for the planning, coordination, evaluation and enhancement of ISHR’s programmatic activities. Deadline for applications: 27 April. How to apply : click here.  Get more information on the position: click here. 

REPRISALS | LAUNCH OF NEW ISHR STUDY ON INTIMIDATION AND ITS IMPACT ON ENGAGEMENT WITH THE UN HUMAN RIGHTS SYSTEM

On 12 March, in the context of our ongoing work to prevent and address reprisals and intimidation against defenders engaging with the UN system, ISHR launched a new study, ‘Intimidation and its Impact on Engagement with the UN Human Rights System: Methodological challenges and opportunities’.

REPRISALS | CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL'S REPORT ON REPRISALS

Human rights defenders and NGOs have until 1 May to submit cases of reprisals and intimidation that occurred between 1 June 2019 - 30 April 2020 to the Secretary-General’s annual report.

 

OPINION | SMALL STATES FACE BIG CHALLENGES IN ENGAGING TREATY BODIES

By Malene Alleyne and Felix Kirchmeier

Small States often lack the capacity to engage effectively with the treaty body system as currently structured—it must become more streamlined and present locally to have an impact.
 
 
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