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Check out our upcoming events and join the latest human rights discussions!

Together with key partners, ISHR regularly organises events in order to amplify human rights defenders’ voices and ensure they have a seat at the table when it comes to denouncing abuses and crafting solutions to the world’s challenges.

Upcoming events

Covid-19 vaccines, transparency, and human rights defenders

In this discussion, we will reflect on how the lack of transparency in the processes of purchase and access to vaccines is crossed by phenomena such as corporate capture, opening the door to conflicts of interest and corruption, and how human rights defenders that strive for transparency have been negatively impacted.

The illusion of abundance: Film screening and discussion

In their film, Erika Gonzalez Ramirez and Matthieu Lietaert introduce us to Berta Cáceres, Carolina de Moura and Maxima Acuña, three women from Latin America defending their communities from transnational corporations - the modern day conquistadors - who aim to reduce their land and livelihood to a pile of profit-feeding raw materials.

UN Guiding Principles and national action plans: A remedy for victims and human rights defenders?

This session aims at providing an opportunity to review the implementation of Natonal Action Plans, and to discuss Mandatory Human Rights and Environmental Due Diligence (MHREDD) as a way forward in respecting human rights in business.

WBA Corporate Human Rights Benchmark Allies Meeting

Leading up to the 11th UN Forum on Business and Human Rights, the World Benchmarking Alliance (WBA) is publishing the 5th iteration of the Corporate Human Rights Benchmark (CHRB), assessing 127 companies in the food and agricultural products, ICT, and automotive manufacturing sectors.

Past events

From moral duty to legal obligation: Corporate behaviour and human rights in the context of Russian invasion of Ukraine

This event addressed business and human rights in the context of the Russian invasion. It outlined the obligations of foreign companies in the framework of the mobilisation calls and legal arguments obliging companies to support the aggression. The presenters discussed the evidence that indicates alleged complicity in the war by businesses in multiple sectors.

HRC51 side event - Defending land and protecting rights: Opportunities for South Africa UPR

Ahead of the UPR of South Africa, this side event addresses the human rights situation in the country, focusing on challenges faced by human rights defenders in the exercise of their rights to land and housing.

HRC51 side event - Thinking 'glocally': from theory to action on systemic racism

This virtual side event, organised by UNARC, the UN Anti-Racism Coalition, aims to break down the silos and to open pathways to concrete solutions that are informed both by the academic research and also by empirical research happening in impacted communities.

HRC51 Side Event - Voices for Chinese government accountability:the world cannot turn a blind eye

UN experts, committees, and the OHCHR have extensively documented serious, widespread abuses targeting Uyghurs, Tibetans, Hong Kongers, and human rights defenders across mainland China. At the 51st session of the Human Rights Council, representatives from these communities join their voices to call on governments worldwide to take meaningful action to promote accountability and justice for victims.

Human Rights Council Elections 2022: discussions of candidate States’ visions for membership

In advance of the Human Rights Council elections that will take place this autumn for the membership term 2023-2025, Amnesty International and the International Service for Human Rights will hold an online pledging event for candidate States on 7 September 2022.

Webinar: Introducing ISHR's #EndReprisals database

The webinar will introduce users to the ISHR’s #EndReprisals database and its functionalities.