This new ISHR report presents the evolution of China’s public stance on reprisals in dialogues at the UN, and summarizes the way in which it has portrayed civil society’s cooperation with the UN as a ‘criminal act’.
We did it! On 8 October 2021, the Human Rights Council adopted a strong resolution on reprisals. Thanks to your support we achieved the objective of our campaign!
This is the first time since 2009, that the UN Human Rights Council adopts a resolution on reprisals by consensus. The resolution invites the UN Secretary General to submit his annual report on reprisals and intimidation to the UN General Assembly. Until now, the report has only been presented to the Human Rights Council. The General Assembly is the main policy-making forum of the UN and all 193 States are represented there. Reprisals and intimidation related to cooperating with the UN is a serious system-wide issue and having it discussed at the General Assembly amongst all Member States is crucial to effectively preventing and addressing it.
Human rights defenders must be able to share crucial information and perspectives with the UN, safely and unhindered.
Building on this success, on 14 October 2021, the UK delivered a cross-regional statement on behalf of 80 countries, condemning intimidation and reprisals, and calling on States to prioritise and support the meaningful participation of civil society at the UN. The joint statement is the third annual such statement to be delivered by the UK at the UN General Assembly’s Third Committee. After ISHR advocacy and campaigning, the number of countries signing on increased from last year when 75 countries joined. By joining the statement, States have affirmed their commitment to the fundamental rights of freedom of expression and association; showed solidarity with human rights defenders, civil society actors and victims of violations worldwide; demonstrated their commitment to dialogue, cooperation and the institutional integrity of the UN; and contributed to ensuring that UN bodies and processes are informed by, and respond effectively to, the needs of communities on the ground!
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