Human Rights Monitor
#HRC34 | HIGH-LEVEL OFFICIALS EMPHASISE CRITICAL ROLE OF DEFENDERS

During the High-Level Segment of the Human Rights Council’s 34th session, dignitaries emphasised the key role that a vibrant civil society plays in promoting and protecting human rights.

#HRC34 | MANDATE OF THE SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR ON DEFENDERS MUST BE RENEWED

Key opinion leaders highlight the crucial importance of the Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders. They urge member States to strongly support the renewal of the expert’s mandate.
 
#HRC34 WOMEN HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS CHALLENGE FUNDAMENTALIST RHETORIC

A coalition of women human rights defenders draw the attention of the Human Rights Council to the 'wake-up call of our times', and reject the normalisation of fundamentalist and extremist rhetoric.

#HRC34 | COUNCIL WELCOMES REPORT OF SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR ON DEFENDERS

At the 34th session of the Human Rights Council, an overwhelming majority of States welcomed the report and expressed support for the renewal of the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders. 
 
 

SIERRA LEONE |  SETTING AN EXAMPLE IN PROTECTING HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS

Sierra Leone has the potential to show international leadership by becoming the first anglophone country in West Africa to enact a specific human rights defender protection law, writes Irish Ambassador Catherine Campbell.
 
 
BAHRAIN | HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL MUST ADDRESS DETERIORATING HUMAN RIGHTS SITUATION

Governments should take urgent collective action at the current session of the UN Human Rights Council to address a 'marked deterioration in the already poor human rights situation in Bahrain', a group of 16 leading NGOs said in an open letter to Ambassadors.
 
BURUNDI UN EXPERTS RAISE ALARM AT GROWING REPRESSION OF NGOS AND HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS

A group of UN human rights experts condemned the recent ban and provisional suspension of a number of civil society organisations in Burundi. They warned about 'the obstructive, restrictive and stigmatising effect of recent legislation on NGOs, in a context of growing repression on human rights defenders.'

PUBLICATIONS MODEL LAW NOW AVAILABLE IN THREE LANGUAGES

The "Model National Law on the Recognition and Protection of Human Rights Defenders" developed by ISHR in collaboration with over 500 defenders from every region is now available in English, Spanish and French.
 

NGO COMMITTEE | THE ECOSOC BODY THAT SHAMES THE UN

The NGO Committee has just adopted its report on its first session of the year, where the Committee’s worst practices were on display. When it considers the Committee’s recommendations, the ECOSOC must reject all those based upon lack of due process and unfair practice.
 
OPINION | BUSINESS CAN AND SHOULD ALLY WITH THOSE DEFENDING HUMAN RIGHTS

Global businesses and grassroots human rights activists may seem like strange bedfellows, but as attacks on basic democratic freedoms and the rule of law intensify around the world, they may have more shared values and interests than one might think, writes ISHR’s Sarah M Brooks.
 
 
FIFDH 2017 | TRANSGENDER AND INTERSEX:OUT OF THE BOX, WITHOUT RIGHTS?

ISHR is co-organising a panel following the projection of 'Pearl of Africa' by Jonny von Wallström at the International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights. 
CHINA | NGOS URGE GOVERNMENTS TO SPEAK OUT ON ONGOING CRACKDOWN

A sustained crackdown deserves a sustained response, say global NGOs. In a joint letter, they call on Member and Observer States of the UN Human Rights Council to speak out about the ongoing violations against human rights defenders in the country and to hold the Government of China - recently re-elected to the Council - accountable for its failures to respect human rights.
 
SOUTH KOREA | MORE POLITICAL WILL NEEDED ON BUSINESS AND HUMAN RIGHTS 

Business-related violations of economic, social and cultural rights – and attacks against those who defend those rights – have serious consequences. ISHR and KTNC Watch jointly call on the UN Committee on ESC Rights to consider making concrete inquiries into how the Republic of Korea protects, and often fails to protect, human rights in the context of business operations at home and abroad. 

DEFENDER'S PROFILE | OTGONBAATAR FROM MONGOLIA

UN Special Procedures and other human rights mechanisms have helped drive change for better protection of LGBTI people in Mongolia. Otgonbaatar Tsedendemberel provides reflections on how this was achieved.
 
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