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24 Feb

Le Service International pour les Droits de l'Homme, la Coalition Malienne des Défenseurs des Droits Humains, Front Line Defenders et le Réseau Ouest Africain des Défenseurs des Droits Humains saluent l'adoption par le Mali ce 18 Février 2020 du décret N°2020-0087/P-RM fixant les modalités d’application de la loi relative aux défenseurs des droits de l’homme. Le pays vient de faire un pas important dans la protection des défenseurs des droits humains avec l’adoption de ce décret visant à garantir la mise en œuvre de la loi relative aux défenseurs des droits de l'Homme adoptée le 12 janvier 2018, néanmoins des préoccupations demeurent quant à la nécessité pour ces derniers d’obtenir une carte ou un badge d’identification justifiant de leur qualité de défenseur.

17 Feb

The 43rd session of the UN Human Rights Council, from 24 February to 20 March 2020, will consider issues including the protection of human rights defenders, freedom of religion or belief, protection and promotion of human rights while countering terrorism, the right to food and adequate housing, among others. It will also present an opportunity to address grave human rights situations in States including Nicaragua, Venezuela, Syria, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Burundi, Iran, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Myanmar, Eritrea, among many others. Here’s an overview of some of the key issues on the agenda.

07 Feb

History was made on Monday when the UN General Assembly’s Third Committee and civil society representatives met, at the invitation of the Chair, to reflect on the work of the Committee, past, present and future, particularly on human rights. 

05 Feb

The Focal Point on Reprisals in Africa is seeking submissions for his first report to the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights by 12 May 2020. 

24 Jan

For many rights holders, victims and activists, the UN Human Rights Council provides the last or only opportunity to get international attention and support for their vital work towards a world that’s more fair, equal and sustainable. We need the Council to continue being credible, effective and accessible to everyone. This is only possible if States demonstrate leadership, take principled action, ensure that Council members live up to their responsibilities and expectations, and fully cooperate with the Council’s mechanisms.

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Read this article in English                                                                                                  Lea este artículo en español aquí

Par Christof Heyns, membre de la faculté de droit de l’université de Pretoria et du Comité des droits de l’homme des Nations Unies, et Frans Viljoen, directeur du Centre pour les droits humains de l’université de Pretoria. 

Une nouvelle étude universitaire mondiale visant à répondre à cette question est lancée en collaboration avec le Haut-commissariat des Nations unies aux droits de l’homme.

Cet article a été initialement publié sur OpenGlobalRights le 11 février 2020.

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1984

ISHR commences work to develop an international Declaration on the Rights of Human Rights Defenders

1988

ISHR publishes first Human Rights Monitor, connecting human rights defenders on the ground with international human rights systems and developments

1993

ISHR facilitates global civil society engagement with the Second World Conference on Human Rights, which leads to the strengthening of women’s rights, the affirmation of universal rights, the adoption of the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action and the establishment of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

1994

ISHR provides training, technical assistance and support to its 1000th human rights defender

1998

After 14 years of ISHR lobbying, advocacy and negotiation, the UN General Assembly adopts the landmark Declaration on Human Rights Defenders

2000

UN Secretary-General appoints Hina Jilani as inaugural UN Special Representative on Human Rights Defenders, strengthening protection of human rights advocates at risk worldwide.

2004

ISHR leads a successful campaign for the appointment of a Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders by the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights

2005

ISHR co-founds and supports a range of international and regional human rights coalitions, including the Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition, the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project and the West African Human Rights Defenders Network

2006

ISHR contributes to the establishment and institution building of a new global peak body for human rights issues, the UN Human Rights Council

2007

ISHR leads and coordinates the development of the Yogyakarta Principles on sexual orientation and gender identity, strengthening legal recognition and protection of LGBT rights worldwide

2011

ISHR’s sustained advocacy on the issue of reprisals and intimidation faced by human rights defenders leads to adoption of landmark UN Human Rights Council resolution condemning and strengthening protections against reprisals

2012

Working with key NGO partners such as Amnesty International, ISHR leads civil society efforts to strengthen UN human rights treaty bodies, prevent their weakening and better connect their work with victims and human rights defenders on the ground

2013

Working with supportive states and NGOs, ISHR advocacy leads to adoption of historic Human Rights Council resolution calling on all States to review and amend national laws to respect and protect the work of human rights defenders