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The Gal Times / Agencia EFE, 20 September 2022: The president of the World Uyghur Congress, Dolkun Isa, assured this Monday at the European headquarters of the UN that this organization “no longer has excuses” to remain inoperative in the face of the abuses of the Chinese regime. “It is time to act and leave empty promises, people continue to suffer and it is disappointing that there is no urgent debate here on the Uyghur issue” , Isa said at a ceremony held on the sidelines of the UN Human Rights Council by the NGO International Service for Human Rights (ISHR). Read the full article here.

 

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The Gal Times / Agencia EFE, 20 September 2022

The president of the World Uyghur Congress, Dolkun Isa, assured this Monday at the European headquarters of the UN that this organization “no longer has excuses” to remain inoperative in the face of the abuses of the Chinese regime. “It is time to act and leave empty promises, people continue to suffer and it is disappointing that there is no urgent debate here on the Uyghur issue” , Isa said at a ceremony held on the sidelines of the UN Human Rights Council by the NGO International Service for Human Rights (ISHR). Read the full article here.

 

Líder uigur en el exilio pide a la ONU una resolución contra abusos de China

Swissinfo / Agencia EFE, 19 September 2022

“Es tiempo de actuar y de dejar las promesas vacías, la gente sigue sufriendo y es decepcionante que no haya aquí un debate urgente sobre la cuestión uigur”, señaló Isa en un acto celebrado en los márgenes del Consejo de Derechos Humanos de la ONU por la ONG Servicio Internacional para los Derechos Humanos (ISHR). Lea el resto del artículo aquí.

 

Recrudecen ataques a defensores de DDHH en Venezuela, según ONG

RunRun·es, 19 September 2022

La ONG Centro para los Defensores y la Justicia (CDJ) informó este 19 de septiembre que en Venezuela se registraron 27 ataques e incidentes de seguridad contra defensores de derechos humanos (DDHH) en agosto. Aunque se trata de 46 % menos que en julio, señala la organización, se trata de «agresiones más violentas». El Servicio Internacional para los Derechos Humanos (ISHR, por sus siglas en inglés), instó este martes, 30 de agosto, a mantener el foco sobre los DDHH en Venezuela. Lea el resto del artículo aquí.

 

West weighs calling for China Uyghur abuses inquiry at UN

The Guardian, 19 September 2022

Western powers are weighing the risk of a potential defeat if they table a resolution at the UN Human Rights Council calling for an independent commission to investigate alleged human rights abuses by China in Xinjiang. Sarah M Brooks, a programme director for the Geneva-based International Service for Human Rights warned: “A failure by the UN even to try to do something on this issue would be far worse than trying and failing.” Read the full story here.

 

U.N. Xinjiang report reaps Chinese reprisal

Politico, 15 September 2022

Beijing’s anger could threaten Chinese funding for UNHCR projects including research on issues related to indigenous persons, social inequalities and racial discrimination. “Those are mandates that are doing incredible work on a global scale, and would potentially suffer from a Chinese decision to throw a hissy fit and take their money and walk away,” said Sarah Brooks, program director at ISHR. Read the full story here.

 

ONU cita a 42 estados por represalias contra defensores de derechos humanos

Crónica, 14 September 2022

El 14 de septiembre de 2021, el Secretario General de la ONU publicó su informe anual sobre represalias e intimidación contra individuos y grupos que buscan cooperar con la ONU en materia de derechos humanos. “Otra vez, el informe del secretario general es terrible y la situación no muestra signos de mejorar”, dijo Madeleine Sinclair, codirectora de la oficina de Nueva York y asesora legal de ISHR. Lea el resto del artículo aquí.

 

China Criticizes UN Report On Alleged Xinjiang Human Rights Abuse, Rallies Support

Business Times, 14 September 2022

China criticized a report released by the UN office for human rights on alleged abuses in Xinjiang. A statement had been read by a Chinese envoy calling out the UN body, and claiming that around 20 other countries had expressed support to Beijing. Read the full story here.

 

China rallies support over Xinjiang report at U.N. rights meeting

Reuters, 13 September 2022

Democracies are now mulling a possible historic motion against China including a possible investigative mechanism at an ongoing meeting of the Geneva council as a result, diplomats told Reuters. “The U.N. report has made it hard for many countries, in particular Muslim ones, to stay silent…” said Raphael Viana David from the International Service for Human Rights, Read the full story here.

See also the article on The Standard (Hong Kong).

 

Sudanese minister tells woman during visit to Australia ‘we would beat you until you begged us to stop’

ABC, 9 September 2022

Sudanese-Australian activist Nazik Osman has called for a senior Sudanese government minister to be banned from Australia after he allegedly threatened her during a visit to Perth for a mining conference. The International Service for Human Rights said in March that Sudanese security forces had used “rape and sexual violence as a weapon to silence women protesters”. Read the full article here.

 

L’Autrichien Volker Türk nommé chef des droits de l’Homme de l’ONU

Ouest-France, 9 September 2022

Ancien haut-commissaire de l’ONU pour les réfugiés, l’Autrichien Volker Türk a été nommé ce jeudi 8 septembre 2022 haut-commissaire des droits de l’Homme. Il succède à l’ancienne présidente chilienne Michelle Bachelet à ce poste sensible et observé. « Le secrétaire général a manqué une occasion clé de construire la légitimité et l’autorité du prochain Haut-Commissaire », a commenté le directeur exécutif de l’organisation International Service for Human Rights (ISHR), Phil Lynch. Lisez la suite de l’article ici.

 

Šaltiniai: į JT žmogaus teisių vadovo postą A.Guterresas siūlys V.Turko kandidatūrą

15min.lt / Baltic News Service (BNS), 8 September 2022

Jungtinių Tautų generalinis sekretorius Antonio Guterresas vyriausiuoju žmogaus teisių komisaru siūlys paskirti savo kolegą Volkerį Turką iš Austrijos, ketvirtadienį pranešė diplomatai ir teisių gynimo grupės. ISHR vadovas Philas Lynchas įspėjo, kad toks skaidrumo ir konsultacijų trūkumas gali brangiai atsieiti. „Generalinis sekretorius praleido svarbią galimybę sustiprinti kito vyriausiojo komisaro legitimumą ir autoritetą“, – sakė jis. Read the full story here.

 

L’Autrichien Volker Türk, nouveau chef des droits de l’Homme de l’ONU

Courrier International / AFP, 8 September 2022

L’Autrichien Volker Türk, proche collaborateur du secrétaire général des Nations unies, a été nommé jeudi Haut-Commissaire de l’ONU aux droits de l’Homme. “Le secrétaire général a manqué une occasion-clé de construire la légitimité et l’autorité du prochain Haut-Commissaire”, a commenté le directeur exécutif de l’organisation International Service for Human Rights (ISHR), Phil Lynch. Lisez la suite de l’article ici.

Voir également: les articles parus dans Médiapart et 20 Minutes (France).

 

Volker Türk va-t-il coiffer au poteau Adama Dieng?

Seneplus, 8 September 2022

Toutefois, le choix de Türk n’a pas manqué de faire grincer des dents. Pour preuve, Phil Lynch, directeur exécutif du Service international pour les droits de l’homme, a déclaré dans Swissinfo que la sélection de Turk avait manqué de transparence et de consultation avec la société civile indépendante. Lisez la suite de l’article ici.

 

ONU: Antonio Guterres propose son adjoint pour succéder à Michelle Bachelet

Le Temps, 8 September 2022

Plusieurs ONG dénoncent un «processus opaque» et rappellent que pour toutes les nominations précédentes, le candidat recommandé par le Secrétaire général a été approuvé par consensus, sans vote. «Pour répondre aux exigences du poste, le prochain Haut-Commissaire doit être un champion des droits de l’Homme, courageux et doté de principes, qui s’engage de manière cohérente avec les défenseurs des droits de l’Homme» a déclaré Sarah Brooks, directrice de programme à l’International Service for Human Rights. Lisez la suite de l’article ici.

 

Volker Türk pressenti pour succéder à Michelle Bachelet

Le Matin / AFP, 8 September 2022

L’Autrichien devrait être nommé Haut-Commissaire de l’ONU aux droits de l’homme selon un processus qui ne fait pas l’unanimité. Le directeur exécutif de l’ISHR, Phil Lynch, a averti que le manque de transparence et de consultations aurait des retombées. Lisez la suite de l’article ici

 

Guterres nominates Austrian Volker Turk to be next High Commissioner for Human Rights

Armenia News, 8 September 2022

Phil Lynch, executive director of the International Service for Human Rights, said there was a lack of transparency and consultation with independent civil society in Turk’s selection. Read the full article here.

 

UN taps Austrian as next rights chief

Bangkok Post / AFP, 8 September 2022

Guterres’s choice of a figure unknown to the wider public stands in contrast to his appointment of the high-profile Bachelet, who ended her tenure last week. But “in all previous appointments, the secretary general’s recommended candidate has been approved by consensus,” the International Service for Human Rights (ISHR) pointed out in a statement. Read the full article here.

See also the aritcles by France 24, RFI and Free Malaysia Today.

 

UN Chief Antonio Guterres Taps Volker Turk As Next Rights Chief: Report

Ndtv, 8 September 2022

A week after Michelle Bachelet stepped down at the end of her four-year term as rights chief, the UN has yet to officially announce who will replace her. ISHR director Phil Lynch warned that this lack of transparency and consultation could come at a price. “The secretary general missed a key opportunity to build the legitimacy and authority of the next high commissioner,” he said. Read the full story here.

 

Austria’s Turk appointed U.N. human rights chief 

Reuters, 8 September 2022

The United Nations General Assembly on Thursday approved the appointment of Austria’s Volker Turk as the next U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights. Phil Lynch, executive director of the International Service for Human Rights, said Turk’s selection had lacked transparency and consultation with independent civil society. Read the full story here.

See also the articles by Al Jazeera and Voice of America.

 

La ONU aprobó la designación del austriaco Volker Turk como Alto Comisionado de Derechos Humanos

Infobae, 8 September 2022

Los grupos defensores de derechos humanos han estado pidiendo que el próximo Alto Comisionado de DDHH tenga el valor suficiente para enfrentarse incluso a los países más poderosos y denunciar las violaciones. “Lo que está en juego nunca ha sido tan importante”, dijo la directora del programa del International Service for Human Rights (ISHR), Sarah Brooks. Lea el resto del artículo aquí.

 

El austriaco Volker Turk podría ser el nuevo Alto Comisionado de la ONU para Derechos Humanos

Proceso, 8 September 2022

Se espera que esta tarde el Secretario General de la ONU António Guterres lo proponga en la Asamblea General en Nueva York y sea aprobado su nombramiento. ‘La falta de transparencia y de consulta significativa con la sociedad civil independiente en el proceso de selección significa que el Secretario General ha perdido una oportunidad clave para fortalecer la legitimidad y autoridad del próximo Alto Comisionado’, dijo el Director Ejecutivo de International Services for Human Rights (ISHR), Phil Lynch. Lea el resto del artículo aquí.

Vease también los artículos de Swissinfo / AFP, EVTV, El Financiero, El Nacional y Yahoo News.

 

ONG denuncia opacidad en posible nombramiento de Turk como jefe d.humanos ONU

Swissinfo / Agencia EFE, 8 September 2022

La ONG Servicio Internacional para los Derechos Humanos (ISHR) reveló hoy que el austriaco Volker Turk podría hoy ser nombrado alto comisionado de las Naciones Unidas para los Derechos Humanos, aunque denunció que esa posible designación ha seguido un proceso “opaco” en el que no ha habido consenso. Lea el resto del artículo aquí.

 

Unterdrückung der Uiguren – Menschenrechtler fordern Sanktionen

IslamiQ, 3 September 2022

Der aktuelle UN-Bericht verdeutlicht Menschenrechtsverletzungen gegen die Uiguren. Für Menschenrechtsorganisationen soll das Verhalten Chinas endlich Konsequenzen haben. Read the full story here.

 

聯合國發布新疆報告 美英說話了

China Times/中國時報, 2 September 2022

不過,巴舍萊在卸任前發布這份報告,並未滿足人權運動和批評人士,尤其是報告對於「種族滅絕」隻字未提。國際人權服務社(ISHR)專案主任布魯克斯認為:「在任期最後幾分鐘發布這麼重要的報告,她只履行了最低限度的職責。」Read the full article here (中文).

 

Calls for accountability mount after UN China report

Swissinfo, 2 September 2022

Voices in Geneva and elsewhere are demanding follow up after the release of a long-awaited report on Xinjiang. ISHR called on the Human Rights Council to hold a formal discussion on China’s human rights crisis, not only Xinjiang but also Tibet, Hong Kong, and the persecution of human rights defenders. “Council members should also initiate and support efforts to establish an independent international mechanism to monitor and report on the human rights situation in China,” it said. Read the full article here.

 

Menschenrechtler loben Xinjiang-Bericht der Vereinten Nationen

Handelsblatt / Deutsche Presse-Agentur (DPA), 1 September 2022

Menschenrechtsorganisationen haben den nach monatelanger Verzögerung veröffentlichten Bericht des UN-Menschenrechtsbüros über das Vorgehen Chinas gegen Minderheiten in der Region Xinjiang gelobt. Auch die Menschenrechtsorganisation International Service for Human Rights (ISHR) forderte Konsequenzen. “Dieser Bericht ist ein entscheidender Schritt auf dem Weg zur Rechenschaft über Rechtsverletzungen an Uiguren und türkischen Muslimen in China”, teilte Exekutivdirektor Phil Lynch mit. Read the full story here.

 

ONG celebran informe de la ONU sobre China aunque afirman que Bachelet “jugó un juego peligroso”

El Mercurio On-Line (EMOL), 1 September 2022

Las ONG de derechos humanos Human Rights Watch (HRW) y Servicio Internacional para los Derechos Humanos (ISHR) celebraron este jueves la publicación tras muchos retrasos del informe que denuncia graves abusos de China en su región de Xinjiang, y pidieron aumentar la presión internacional tras este paso “histórico”. Lea el resto del artículo aquí.

 

UN: Anzeichen für Verbrechen gegen Menschlichkeit in China

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung / Deutsche Presse-Agentur (DPA), 1 September 2022

In einem seit langem erwarteten Bericht zur Lage in der chinesischen Region Xinjiang sieht das UN-Menschenrechtsbüro Anzeichen für Verbrechen gegen die Menschlichkeit. «Dieser Bericht ist ein entscheidender Schritt auf dem Weg zur Rechenschaft über Rechtsverletzungen an Uiguren und türkischen Muslimen in China», teilte ISHRs Exekutivdirektor Phil Lynch mit. Read the full story here.

See also: the article on the Kölner Stadt Anzeiger (in German).

 

ONG piden a comunidad internacional que aumente presión a China tras informe

Swissinfo / Agencia EFE, 1 September 2022

ISHR criticó que Michelle Bahcelet esperara hasta los últimos minutos de su mandato para la salida a la luz del informe. “Su publicación se produce tras un caótico proceso que fue mal manejado por la alta comisionada Bachelet”, aseguró la organización, recordando que la oficina que ayer dejó de dirigir la política chilena aseguró hace casi un año que estaba “finalizando” el documento. Lea el resto del artículo aquí.

 

UN’s Bachelet releases report on Xinjiang, citing possible crimes against humanity

Geneva Solutions, 1 September 2022

The outgoing UN rights chief published the long-awaited report 13 minutes to midnight on 31 August. While welcoming the “historic” report, NGOs were not so quick to forget Bachelet’s questionable decision to hold off its publication in exchange for a visit to Xinjiang. “The High Commissioner took a dangerous gamble. She seemingly believes that constructive dialogue with China can be more effective than public criticism of policies that violate human rights in Xinjiang and elsewhere,” said ISHR’s Sarah Brooks. Read the full story here.

 

Xinjiang-Bericht: China wirft Westen Manipulation und Lügen vor

Nau.ch / Keystone-SDA/Keystone-ATS, 1 September 2022

Die Menschenrechtsorganisation International Service for Human Rights (ISHR) forderte Konsequenzen. «Dieser Bericht ist ein entscheidender Schritt auf dem Weg zur Rechenschaft über Rechtsverletzungen an Uiguren und türkischen Muslimen in China», teilte Exekutivdirektor Phil Lynch mit. Das Verhalten Chinas dürfe nicht weiter geduldet werden, meinte ISHR-Programmdirektorin Sarah Brooks. Read the full story here.

 

China acusa ONU de ser cúmplice do Ocidente ao publicar relatório sobre Xinjiang

CNN Portugal, 1 September 2022

No documento, o organismo da ONU menciona possíveis “crimes contra a humanidade” cometidos contra a minoria muçulmana uigur, nativa da província situada no noroeste da China, e membros de outros grupos étnicos. A publicação do relatório foi considerada um passo histórico pelas organizações não-governamentais Human Rights Watch (HRW) e International Service for Human Rights (ISHR), que apelaram para maior pressão internacional sobre Pequim. Leia o artigo completo aqui.

 

联合国发布新疆报告 称中国恐犯下反人类罪

Deutsche Welle, 1 September 2022

在等待近一年后,联合国人权高专办公室31日发布一份关于新疆人权情况的报告,表示中国对新疆维吾尔人实施酷刑的指控是可信的,而相关行为可能已构成反人类罪。中国则坚决反对报告结果。国际人权服务社的维亚纳·戴维(Viana David)表示,下一个重要步骤是让联合国人权理事会的各国形成协调一致的多边应对措施。 他向德国之声表示:“由于人权理事会将在一周多后开始下届会议,理事会的外交机构应该协调一致做出强烈反应,包括公开谴责以及重申报告中的建议和调查结果。” Read the full story here (中文)

 

Uyghur community slams UN’s China report as too little, too late

Deutsche Welle, 1 September 2022

While for some it represents a “game changer,” for others the long-awaited report [on the human rights situation in Xinjiang] is insufficient. “The post of the high commissioner for human rights requires you to be a champion of human rights beyond states. You are not a mediator between governments, which is a role that she has been assuming in this situation,” said ISHR’s Raphaël Viana David. Read the full story here.

This article is also available in Spanish and Indonesian.

 

U.N. Says China May Have Committed ‘Crimes Against Humanity’ in Xinjiang

New York Times, 31 August 2022

The organization’s human rights office delivered its much-delayed report minutes before Michelle Bachelet, the U.N. high commissioner for human rights, was to leave office. “By releasing this crucial report with just minutes left on her mandate, she has only done the bare minimum,” said ISHR’s Sarah M. Brooks.”We must now push for her office, her successor and states to ensure survivors get answers and perpetrators face accountability.” Read the full story here.

This article is also available in Chinese (中文).

 

ONU vê possível crime contra a humanidade em ação da China com uigures

Folha de S. Paulo, 31 August 2022

É incerto, porém, o impacto que [o relatório] terá para remediar críticas recentes a [Michelle Bachelet]. “Seu principal legado é e continuará a ser o fracaso em tomar medidas claras e necessárias sobre  essa crise, particularmente na forma como atrasou a publicaçao do relatório sobre Xinjiang”, diz a Folha Raphaël Viana David. Leia o artigo completo aqui.

 

UN rights chief’s tenure ends in disappointment for China activists

Reuters, 31 August 2022

“I wish for them to replace her with an officer with a more clear position with China. The UN can really do much more,” Luo Shengchun, the wife of jailed Chinese rights lawyer Ding Jiaxi, told Reuters, commenting on Michelle Bachelet’s failure, so far, to issue a report on Beijing’s record and its crackdown in its western region of Xinjiang underscores the need for a more outspoken successor. Read the full story here.

 

ISHR pide mantener foco sobre DDHH en Venezuela: “No es momento de reducir la misión de la ONU”

Runrun.es, 30 August 2022

En un texto firmado por Eleanor Openshaw, se recordó que la Misión de las Naciones Unidas ha trabajado energéticamente con “vistas a garantizar la plena rendición de cuentas de los autores y la justicia para las víctimas”. Lea el resto del artículo aquí.

 

The (long) wait continues for the UN’s human rights report on Xinjiang

Swissinfo, 26 August 2022

“My interpretation of the length of preparation of the report is that it was about making sure that every ‘t’ was crossed and every ‘i’ was dotted. And that takes time when you’re working in an organisation like the OHCHR,” said ISHR’s Sarah Brooks, commenting on the long delay in the publication of a much-awaited report on the human rights situation in China’s Uyghur region (Xinjiang). Read the full story here.

Cet article est également disponible en français.

 

As Bachelet takes a bow, what did the UN rights chief accomplish?

Geneva Solutions, 26 August 2022

The High Commissioner “failed to engage sufficiently with independent civil society or really show solidarity with victims. And instead she appeared to privilege access and friendly relations with governments over strong and principled public advocacy,” said ISHR’s Phil Lynch as he looked back on Michelle Bachelet’s tenur ahead of her last day in office, on 31 August 2022. Read the full story here.

 

UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet ‘trying hard’ to publish Xinjiang report before leaving office but can’t offer guarantees

South China Morning Post, 25 August 2022

Bachelet, who visited China in May, says she has received ‘substantial input’ from Beijing, which will need to be carefully reviewed before publication. China is accused of extensive abuses against Uygurs and other mainly Muslim minority groups in the far-western region. Read the full story here ($).

 

ONG pedem prolongamento da Missão de Verificação dos Factos sobre a Venezuela

RTP Notícias / Lusa, 18 August 2022

Representantes de 125 organizações não-governamentais (ONG) venezuelanas e estrangeiras pediram ao Conselho de Direitos Humanos da ONU que prolongue o mandado da Missão Internacional Independente de Verificação dos Factos sobre a Venezuela. Leia o artigo completo aqui.

 

ONG exigen la renovación del mandato de la misión de la ONU para Venezuela

Swissinfo / Agencia EFE, 17 August 2022

Una coalición de 125 ONG venezolanas y de otros países exigieron este miércoles la renovación del mandato de la Misión Internacional Independiente de Determinación de los Hechos de la ONU sobre Venezuela, creada por el Consejo de Derechos Humanos en 2019 para evaluar presuntas violaciones de los derechos humanos. Lea el resto del artículo aquí.

 

A quelques jours de son départ, Michelle Bachelet sommée de publier un rapport sur le Xinjiang

Le Temps, 11 August 2022

Le document, prêt depuis août 2021, mais qui vient d’être complété par les remarques de Pékin, devrait être publié dans les jours à venir. «Un tel rapport apposerait le sceau de l’ONU à des constats déjà faits par plusieurs ONG, par des rapporteurs spéciaux et des comités onusiens », explique Raphaël Viana David. Lisez la suite de l’article ici ($).

 

Rights bodies condemn Sri Lanka’s violent crackdown on protesters

Lokmat Times / Asian News International (ANI), 6 August 2022

As many as 13 organisations – including ISHR –  have condemned the Sri Lankan authorities’ violent crackdown and increasing reprisals against peaceful protesters in island country. Read the full story here.

 

After years of delay 6 rights groups get UN accreditation

Associated Press (AP)22 July 2022

The six groups now join thousands of NGOs with consultative status at ECOSOC. Maithili Pai, Programme Officer at ISHR, said the vote could make clear that the NGO committee “cannot continue to be a vehicle for reprisals against civil society,” noting that applications for over 350 organizations are still being held up. Read the full story here.

See also: articles on the Toronto Star and on News-24 (in French).

 

China launches new bid for internet dominance

Politico, 21 July 2022

The Chinese mission in Geneva is pressuring the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, to bury a long-delayed report on human rights in Xinjiang. Sarah Brooks, program director at the International Service for Human Rights, noted “we need this report to ground a clear-eyed, informed conversation about violations against Uyghurs — and we need a High Commissioner who will stand by it and be an advocate for those affected”. Read the full story here.


China tells Bachelet not to publish Xinjiang report in ‘act of desperation’

Geneva Solutions, 20 July 2022

China has circulated a draft letter with diplomats asking UN high commissioner for human rights Michelle Bachelet not to publish her long-awaited report on human rights abuses in Xinjiang. “That China would want to quash the report is not news, but that it would get other governments to help them do so, is,” said ISHR’s Sarah Brooks. Read the full story here.

 

Ce qu’il faut pour être le ou la cheffe des droits humains à l’ONU

Swissinfo, 20 July 2022

Phil Lynch, directeur de l’ONG ISHR confirme le rôle important joué par La Haute-Commissaire Michelle Bachelet en matière de migration, de racisme systémique et de promotion de l’équité vaccinale dans le contexte du Covid. Il se montre toutefois critique sur son approche des situations où, selon lui, elle a un «manque de solidarité marqué avec les victimes et les défenseurs des droits humains, ainsi qu’une incapacité ou une impréparation lorsqu’il s’agit de contraindre un gouvernement puissant à rendre des comptes». Lire la suite de l’article ici.

 

Expertos en DD.HH. creen que visita a China “empañó” el legado de Bachelet como Alta Comisionada de la ONU

elmostrador, 17 July 2022

Expertos creen que la expresidenta asumió un rol muy activo en materias como migración, racismo y desigualdad, pero le cuestionan el que no haya sido más decidida en su condena respecto de las masivas violaciones a los derechos humanos en países como China. Phil Lynch, director de la ONG ISHR, cuestionó la disposición de la Alta Comisionada Michelle Bachelet a privilegiar “el diálogo amistoso” con gobiernos reconocidos en el mundo como violadores de los derechos humanos, en especial el caso de China. Lea el resto del artículo aquí.

 

What it takes to be a UN human rights chief

Swissinfo, 13 July 2022

ISHR Executive Director Phil Lynch agrees that Michelle Bachelet played an important role on issues like climate change, poverty and inequality, migration, systemic racism and promoting vaccine equity in the context of Covid-19. But he is critical of her approach to country situations where he says she has “privileged friendly dialogue with governments over what we would say are the interests of a consistent, non-selective, principled approach to dealing with human rights crises”. Read the full story here.

 

U.N. Steps Up Efforts Against Anti-LGBTQ+ Violence and Discrimination

The Advocate, 8 July 2022

The United Nations Human Rights Council Thursday adopted four new resolutions, including one in which it extends the mandate of the independent expert on protection from violence and discrimination related to sexual orientation and gender identity for three years. Read the full story here.

 

Mnangagwa regime on UN radar over abuses

Bulawayo24, 3 July 2022

“There has been an alarming rise in police brutality with the context of the 2022 by-elections, peaceful protests and assembly of human rights activists, opposition leaders, and political activists are banned and criminalised through selective abuse of restrictive laws,” ISHR said in a statement during Zimbabwe’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR). Read the full story here.

 

A word of advice to the next High Commissioner for Human Rights: engage with UN human rights experts

OpenGlobalRights, 2 July 2022

The unexpected announcement by Michelle Bachelet that she would not seek a second term as High Commissioner for Human Rights on June 13 has kicked off a race to find a suitable replacement, writes ISHR’s Vinvent Ploton. Read the full article here.

 

Human Rights Council to hold urgent debate on women in Afghanistan

Geneva Solutions, 26 June 2022

The International Service for Human Rights, among several organisations, published a letter calling for an urgent debate on the situation of women and girls’ rights in Afghanistan. Read the full article here.

 

Relatora sobre Violencia contra las Mujeres de la ONU recordó al gobierno mexicano su obligación de hacer justicia al feminicidio

Primera Linea, 24 June 2022

Desde las oficinas del Servicio Internacional de Derechos Humanos, en Ginebra, Jarquín Edgar afirmó que, ante la falta de justicia en el país, hay que tender puentes internacionales duraderos para fortalecer la solidaridad y les pidió a todas quienes buscan justicia por el feminicidio de sus hijas que “no dejen de luchar”. Lea el resto del artículo aquí.

 

Corte Interamericana decidirá sobre caso de persecución y vigilancia estatal en contra de defensores de derechos humanos

Infobae, 22 June 2022

La CIDH ha escuchado testimonios de seguimientos, amenazas e inteligencia ilegal contra miembros del colectivo CAJAR por parte del Estado colombiano. ISHR afirmó que “se trata de una oportunidad para determinar si el Estado debe informar a los ciudadanos sobre las actividades de seguimiento y establecer un control independiente para monitorear, prevenir y evitar que hayan acciones ilegales de inteligencia que lesionen los DDHH”. Lea el resto del artículo aquí.

 

ONG piden participar en selección de sucesor de la alta comisionada Bachelet

Swissinfo / Agencia EFE, 22 June 2022

Sesenta organizaciones civiles pidieron hoy en una carta abierta al secretario general de la ONU, António Guterres, participar en la selección de un sucesor o sucesora de la alta comisionada de Naciones Unidas para los derechos humanos, Michelle Bachelet, y recomendaron que sea una figura “imparcial”. Lea el resto del artículo aquí.

 

NGOs urge UN to pick a ‘courageous’ rights chief

Malay Mail / AFP, 22 June 2022

More than 60 non-governmental organisations sent an open letter to United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres about what they hoped to see in the next high commissioner for human rights. They appealed for the next UN rights chief to be appointed through a swift, open process, calling for a “courageous” nominee to stand up to powerful countries. Read the full story here.

 

UN human rights chief ‘not able to speak to’ any detained Uygurs or their families in Xinjiang

South China Morning Post, 15 June 2022

“Bachelet’s failed visit has enabled China and many allies to praise Beijing’s so-called engagement. To break from this polarisation, Bachelet needs to promptly release her Xinjiang report, and present it to the UN Human Rights Council. Forty-seven countries have called for this yesterday, the clock is ticking,” said ISHR’s Raphael Viana David after the High Commissioner said she couldn’t move freely through the Chinese region when she visited last month. Read the full story here.

 

Xinjiang: la digue onusienne face à Pékin a sauté

Le Temps, 14 June 2022

«Depuis 2018, la Chine a doublé ses efforts diplomatiques pour accroître son influence sur le CDH. Elle exerce désormais de fortes pressions sur les experts indépendants et le haut-commissariat», a commenté Raphaël Viana David, chargé du programme Asie auprès d’ISHR, s’exprimant sur les efforts de la Chine qui essaie d’imposer son narratif au Conseil des droits de l’Homme de l’ONU. Lire la suite de l’article ici ($).

 

Bachelet dejará de ser alta comisionada en grave momento para los D. Humanos

Swissinfo / Agencia EFE, 13 June 2022

La alta comisionada de la ONU para los derechos humanos, Michelle Bachelet, anunció que renuncia a presentarse a un nuevo mandato. “El puesto de alta comisionada requiere saber dialogar, pero también exigir rendición de cuentas de forma imparcial a todos los perpetradores, grande o pequeños. Bachelet ha fallado en hacerlo ante la crisis de derechos humanos en China”, dijo el director del Servicio Internacional para los Derechos Humanos, Phil Lynch. Lea el resto del artículo aquí.

 

Bachelet pas candidate à un second mandat à l’ONU

Léman Bleu / ATS, 13 June 2022

La Haute commissaire de l’ONU aux droits de l’homme Michelle Bachelet ne briguera pas un second mandat.  “Il faut garantir que le prochain Haut commissaire soit indépendant”, affirme le directeur exécutif du Service international pour les droits humains (ISHR), Phil Lynch. Lire la suite de l’article ici.

Voir également: l’article dans La Liberté.

 

Human Rights Council: Bachelet’s China trip, Ukraine, Afghanistan under the spotlight

Geneva Solutions, 12 June 2022

“A special rapporteur would enable the human rights situation in Russia itself to be the subject of monitoring and reporting, and in the context of the silencing and the criminalization of civil society, would provide a lifeline for embattled human rights defenders in the country,” ISHR executive director Phil Lynch said, looking at some of the major points to be discussed at the 50th session of the UN Human rights Council. Read the full story here.

 

Denuncian a Marruecos ante la ONU por tortura a activistas saharauis

Infobae / AFP, 10 June 2022

Las denuncias fueron preparadas por el Servicio Internacional de Derechos Humanos (ISHR), ACAT-Francia y la Liga para la Protección de Presos Políticos Saharauis en las Cárceles Marroquíes (LPPS). Lea el resto del artículo aquí.

 

Sahara occidental : plaintes pour torture déposées contre le Maroc à l’ONU

Le Parisien, 10 June 2022

Quatre défenseurs sahraouis des droits humains ont été « gravement torturés », révèlent des ONG, dont ISHR dans quatre plaintes contre le Maroc, devant le Comité des Nations unies contre la torture. Ces plaintes « symbolisent l’espoir de reconnaître les tortures subies par ces derniers en violation des engagements internationaux du Maroc ». Lire la suite de l’article ici.

A voir également: les articles dans L’Orient le Jour, Algérie Presse Service, BFMTV, et Le Jeune Indépendant.

 

Une plainte collective pour tortures déposée contre le Maroc à l’ONU

Le Monde, 10 June 2022

« C’est malheureusement à chaque fois le même scénario qui vise des activistes pacifiques sahraouis, poursuivis pour des ‘crimes’ après des aveux qui sont extorqués sous la torture », décrit Vincent Ploton de l’ISHR, s’exprimant sur les quatre plaintes déposées au nom d’activisites sahraouis détenus par le Maroc. Lire la suite de l’article ici ($) ou ici.

 

Quatre militants sahraouis accusent le Maroc de torture devant les Nations unies

Libération, 9 June 2022

Quatre plaintes contre le Maroc ont été déposées ce jeudi devant le Comité contre la torture des Nations Unies, concernant quatre prisonniers sahraouis, enfermés depuis 2010 dans des geôles marocaines: Mohamed Lamine Haddi, Hassan Dah, Abdelmoula El-Hafidi et Mohamed Bani. Elles ont été posées par au nom des détenus et par plusiers groupes, dont ISHR. Lire la suite de l’article ici ($) ou ici.

 

Répression des Ouïgours : les appels se multiplient pour la publication d’un rapport sensible de l’ONU

Le Monde, 3 June 2022

« La visite de Mme Bachelet en Chine pose le problème de la crédibilité du Haut-Commissariat et de sa cheffe; celle-ci compte avant tout sur les résultats d’une diplomatie privée consistant à s’entretenir à huis clos avec des responsables chinois, ce qui ne fonctionne pas en Chine, plutôt que de mettre en avant une stratégie de diplomatie publique, levier politique essentiel », explique Raphaël Viana David, chargé du programme Asie auprès d’ISHR. Lire la suite de l’article ici ($) oui ici. (This story is also available in English here ($))

 

EU laments UN human rights chief’s limited access on visit to China

South China Morning Post, 30 May 2022

‘Her speech evidenced her lack of understanding of the country’s human rights challenges despite significant evidence gathered by her office,’ said Raphael Viana David, commenting on High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet’s visit to China and her office’s end of mission statement, published on Saturday 28 May. Read the full article here.

 

Critiques au vitriol de Michelle Bachelet après sa visite en Chine

Le Temps, 29 May 2022

Pour Raphaël Viana David, chargé du programme Asie auprès d’ISHR, lors de sa visite en Chine – la première d’un Haut-Commissaire de l’ONU aux droits de l’homme depuis 17 ans -, «[Michelle] Bachelet a raté une occasion unique d’établir les bases d’une surveillance substantielle de la crise des droits humains en Chine. Son discours met en évidence son manque de compréhension des défis de la Chine dans ce domaine malgré les importantes preuves récoltées par son équipe.» Lisez la suite de l’article ici ($). (This story is also available in English here)

 

La gira china de Michelle Bachelet

El País, 28 May 2022

‘La única vía para que gobiernos progresistas avancen hacia una resolución del Consejo de Derechos Humanos que permita investigar posibles crímenes de lesa humanidad del régimen de Pekín es romper con la lectura geopolítica actual,’ escribe Raphaël Viana David, encargado del programa de Asia de ISHR, en una tribuna para El País. Lea el resto del artículo aquí ($) o aquí.

 

Falta de contundência de Bachelet em visita à China frustra ativistas de direitos humanos

Folha de S. Paulo, 28 May 2022

‘O mandato de Bachelet tem sido marcado pela ausência de diplomacia pública sobre a China; quando se compara isso com as outras crises com as quais ela teve de lidar, como Mianmar e Ucrânia, a diferença na linguagem e na frequência é imensa’, afirma Raphaël Viana David, diretor do programa para a Ásiado ISHR. Leia o resto do artigo aqui.

 

Miles de documentos filtrados revelan la feroz represión contra la minoría uigur en China

La Nación, 24 May 2022

“Nos preocupa mucho que esta visita traiga pocos beneficios para víctimas y activistas a un costo político muy alto”, declaró Raphaël Viana David, encargado del programa de Asia de ISHR, comentando la visita a China de la Alta Comisionada de las Naciones Unidas para los Derechos Humanos, Michelle Bachelet. Lea el resto del artículo aquí.

Véase también: los artículos de Telemetro, El Tiempo, TVN Noticias, Milenio y Swissinfo.

 

Acesso de comissária da ONU à região chinesa de Xinjiang sob escrutínio

GZH / AFP, 24 May 2022

“Estamos muito preocupados que esta visita resulte em poucos benefícios para vítimas e ativistas a um custo político muito elevado”, disse Raphaël Viana David, comentando a visita oficial da Alta Comissariado das Nações Unidas para os Direitos Humanos. Leia o resto do artigo aqui.

Veja também: artigos em Istoé Dinheiro e Noticias.uol.com

 

Droits de l’homme: l’ONU entame sa visite au Xinjiang

Le Point / AFP, 24 May 2022

“Mme Bachelet doit comprendre que ce qui est en jeu, c’est la confiance du monde dans les Nations unies”, a déclaré Raphaël Viana David, chargé du programme Asie auprès d’ISHR, s’exprimant sur la visite de la Haute-commissaire des Nations unies aux droits de l’homme en Chine. Lisez la suite de l’article ici.

A voir également: les articles sur TV5 Monde, la RTBF, Le Devoir, Arte et La Presse.

 

UN envoy’s access to China’s Xinjiang under scrutiny as trip begins

The Strait Times / AFP, 24 May 2022

“We are very worried that this visit comes with few benefits for victims and activists, for a very high political cost,” said ISHR’s Raphaël Viana David, commenting on UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet’s visit to China. Read the full story here.

See also: articles by France 24, Hong Kong Free Press and The New Arab.

 

Utusan PBB Sambangi Xinjiang di Bawah Pengawasan China

Sidonnews.com, 24 May 2022.

“Kami sangat khawatir kunjungan ini hanya memberikan sedikit manfaat bagi para korban dan aktivis, dengan biaya politik yang sangat tinggi,” kata Raphaël Viana David dari International Service for Human Rights. Read the full story here.

 

U.N. Human Rights Chief to Make First Trip to China Since 2005

The New York Times, 20 May 2022

Rights groups say Michelle Bachelet’s trip, including a visit to the western Chinese region of Xinjiang, where Beijing has cracked down on the Uyghur minority, will be a test of her office’s credibility. The precedents do not inspire confidence among rights groups, said ISHR’s Raphael Viana David. Read the full story here.

 

What it takes to bridge the divide between the business sector and human rights

Open Global Rights, 16 May 2022

For ISHR’s Andrés Zaragoza, if we want to constructively engage companies, business associations or investors on human rights issues, we must recognise who our interlocutor is. Read the full story here.

 

Le casse-tête chinois de Michelle Bachelet

Le Temps, 13 May 2022

La visite en Chine de la Haut-Commissaire au droits humains, Michelle Bachelet, ne peut être dissociée du rapport que l’OHCHR a produit et, pour l’heure, refusé de publier, sur la situation dans le Xinjiang. Raphaël Viana, chargé du programme Asie auprès d’ISHR s’étonne: «Ces trois dernières années, la haut-commissaire a été silencieuse sur les graves violations des droits en Chine. Elle s’est pourtant exprimée sur de nombreuses crises à travers le monde. Mais la Chine est la grande exception.» Lisez la suite de l’article ici.

 

UN rights chief’s credibility in the balance ahead of China visit

Geneva Solutions, 13 May 2022

“For the last three years, the high commissioner has been silent on the serious violations of rights in China. Yet she has spoken out on many crises around the world. But China is the big exception,” said ISHR’s Raphaël Viana, commenting on the upcoming visit to China by Michelle Bachelet. Read the full story here.

 

¿Cómo investigará el Mecanismo de la ONU las violaciones a los derechos humanos en Nicaragua?

Divergentes, 3 May 2022

“Una premisa importante de la rendición de cuentas es que hay una investigación mucho más detallada de violaciones de derechos humanos”, explicó Raphaël Viana David, comentado el funcionamiento del Mecaniso de investigación y rendición de cuentas por las graves violaciones de los derechos humanos cometidas en Nicaragua, aprobado por el CDH en marzo. Lea el resto del artículo aquí.

 

La Russie boutée hors du Conseil des droits de l’homme de l’ONU, et après?

Swissinfo, 20 April 2022

Pour le directeur exécutif d’ISHR, Phil Lynch, « la preuve accablante d’atrocités commises dans le contexte d’une guerre d’agression contre un État souverain, le tout en violation de l’existence même de la Charte des Nations unies » rendaient le cas de la Russie différent dans un vote pour sa suspension du Conseil des droits de l’homme. Lisez la suite de l’article ici.

 

Russia’s suspension from UN Human Rights Council raises big questions

Swissinfo, 13 April 2022

For ISHR Executive Director Phil Lynch, the fact Russia engaged in a campaign of bullying ahead of the General Assembly vote “shows that the Human Rights Council matters and that states such as Russia and China try to use membership of the Human Rights Council to undermine human rights standards and evade accountability.” Read the full story here.

 

Russia rights council suspension sends strong signal: NGOs

The Manila Bulletin / AFP, 8 April 2022

ISHR’s Executive Director Phil Lynch told AFP the suspension vote would “significantly strengthen” the council’s integrity and legitimacy as it showed that “no state, regardless of its economic and political power, is beyond scrutiny”. Read the full story here.

 

L’expulsion de la Russie du Conseil des droits de l’homme saluée par les ONG

Le Figaro / AFP, 8 April 2022

La suspension de la Russie du Conseil des droits de l’homme de l’ONU « envoie un puissant message que le Conseil n’est pas un endroit pour les États qui commettent des violations massives des droits humains, y compris des actes qui constituent des crimes de guerre et des crimes contre l’humanité», a déclaré Phil Lynch, le directeur exécutif d’ISHR. Lisez la suite de l’article ici.

 

Russia’s suspension from UN rights body sends strong signal: Rights groups

Al Jazeera, 7 April 2022

Reacting to the UN General Assembly suspening Russia from the Human Rights Council, ISHR Executive Director Phil Lynch said the vote sent a “powerful message that the Human Rights Council is no place for states that are perpetrating massive human rights violations”. Read the full story here.

 

Organismos celebran que se investiguen violaciones de DD.HH. en Nicaragua

Swissinfo / Agencia EFE, 31 March 2022

Una coalición de ONG internacionales y nicaragüenses celebró que el Consejo de Derechos Humanos de la ONU aprobara una resolución que establecerá un grupo de tres expertos para investigar posibles violaciones de DDHH en Nicaragua. Para Raphaël Viana David (ISHR), “el mecanismo adoptado hoy por el Consejo es uno de los más fuertes que existe”. Lea el resto del artículo aquí.

 

La ONU creó un Grupo de “expertos en derechos humanos” para investigar a Nicaragua

Perfil, 31 March 2022

Por 20 votos a favor, 7 en contra y 20 abstenciones, el Consejo de Derechos Humanos de la ONU resolvió crear “un grupo de tres expertos para emprender investigaciones exhaustivas e independientes de todos los presuntos abusos y violaciones, sus dimensiones de género y causas estructurales profundas desde abril de 2018” en Nicaragua. Para Raphaël Viana David (ISHR), esto “envía un mensaje claro a todos los Estados de que no se tolerará la falta de cooperación con el sistema universal”. Lea el resto del artículo aquí.

 

Can the United Nations get a true picture of China?

Swissinfo, 22 March 2022

“If she publishes the report it can make for a much more substantive visit,” ISHR’s Executive Director Phil Lynch told Swissinfo’s Imogen Foulkes as they discussed UN Human Rights Commissioner Michelle Bachelet’s announcement that she would be visiting China, despite failing to publish a much-awaited report on the situation in Xinjiang. Read the full story here.

 

«Ich weiss, dass ich nicht allein bin» (“I know I am not alone”)

Die Wochenzeitung, 17 March 2022

#MeToo in Egypt: ISHR’s Salma El Hosseiny discusses the recent of the women’s rights movement in Egypt at a crucial time, as women’s rights activist Rasha Azab, who had publicly expressed solidarity with women that had been victims of sexual assault, is now on trial. Read the full story here ($).

 

Le Xinjiang, épine dans le pied de Michelle Bachelet

Le Temps, 10 March 2022

Dans une lettre ouverte adressée le 8 mars à la haut-commissaire Michelle Bachelet, quelque 200 ONG exhortent la Chilienne à «tenir sa promesse» de septembre 2021 de publier  un rapport sur les graves violations des droits humains dans le Xinjiang. Lisez la suite de l’article ici.

 

‘Blunt reality’ of UN’s ‘limited leverage’ laid bare as Putin tears up world order

The Daily Express, 28 February 2022

The UN’s top peacekeeping body has “limited leverage” in the conflict in Ukraine due to Russia’s sway at the international organisation, UN experts have warned. Phil Lynch, director of the International Service for Human Rights (ISHR) said: “With the UN Security Council hamstrung by Russia’s power of veto as a permanent member, it is imperative that the UN General Assembly and the UN Human Rights Council step up and fulfil their vital mandates in promoting and protecting human rights and international peace and security.” Read the full story here.

 

The US plays its credibility at the UN Human Rights Council

Swissinfo, 28 February 2022

The United States returns this month as a member of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC), having left in 2018 under the administration of former US president Donald Trump. Phil Lynch, director of the NGO International Service for Human Rights (ISHR) hopes the US will refrain from approaching issues through a political or ideological lens. “We would hope and expect that the US would deal with human rights situations, primarily having regard to their human rights merits and applying objective criteria, such as the gravity and severity of the issues,” he says. Read the full story here.

 

NGOs ask the UN for “firm measures” against Nicaragua for failing to comply with the resolution

California18 News / Agencia EFE, 21 February 2022

A coalition of international and Nicaraguan NGOs – including ISHR – asked the UN Human Rights Council on Monday to “take firm measures” against the State of Nicaragua for not stopping or repairing the “serious violations” of human rights that occur in the Central American country since April 2018. Read the full story here.

 

ONG piden a la ONU “medidas firmes” contra Nicaragua por incumplir resolución

Swissinfo / Agencia EFE, 21 February 2022

Una coalición de ONG internacionales y nicaragüenses – entre ellas ISHR – pidió este lunes al Consejo de Derechos Humanos de la ONU “tomar medidas firmes” contra el Estado de Nicaragua por no detener ni reparar las “graves violaciones” a los derechos humanos que acontecen en el país centroamericano desde abril de 2018. Lea el resto del artículo aquí.

 

House approves HR defenders bill

The Philippine Star, 18 January 2022

The House of Representatives of the Philippines passed House Bill 10576, known as the Human Rights Defenders Protection Act.  The bill is based on the UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders and the Model National Law on the Recognition and Protection of Human Rights Defenders drafted by ISHR. Read the full story here.

Série “Prisonniers Politiques 2, Épisode 3 – Chang Weiping: symbole de la croisade de Pékin contre les avocats

France Culture, 1 December 2021

Florian Delorme reçoit Raphaël Viana David, responsable du programme Asie au Service International pour les Droits de l’Homme (ISHR) dans l’émission “Cultures Monde” de France Culture. “Pour beaucoup d’avocats, quand la RSDL [résidence surveillée dans un lieu désigné] a été adoptée en 2012, cela ne faisait qu’inscrire dans le droit chinois une pratique existante d’interrogatoire de police corsée dans des lieux illégaux afin d’extraire des aveux”, d’après Raphaël Viana David. Réécouter l’émission ici.
 

Over 40 Human Rights and Foreign Policy Organizations Call on Formula 1 Star Lewis Hamilton to Raise Human Rights Concerns at the Saudi Grand Prix

Speedway Digest, 01 December 2021

ISHR was one of 41 signatories on a joint letter to Formula 1 star Lewis Hamilton. The letter asks Hamilton to make demands in five specific areas: women’s rights, labor rights, prisoners of conscience, the war in Yemen, and democracy. Read the full story here.

 

No turning back: Women human rights defenders remain steadfast in perilous times

openDemocracy, 29 November 2021

A 2021 reprisals report by the International Service for Human Rights noted:  “When comparing WHRD cases to those of other named individuals, the data from the Secretary General reports suggests that WHRDs tend to more frequently report travel restrictions, instances of surveillance, online harassment and defamation campaigns, profession-related reprisals, and threats and intimidation.” Read the full story here

 

Will the UN Human Rights Council “sacrifice” or silence Civil Society?

The European Times, 19 November 2021 

ISHR is one of many civil society organisations voicing their concerns about the “efficiency” process of the United Nations Human Rights Council. “On 6 December 2021, the Council can reinforce civil society participation or hinder it by renewing the so-called efficiency measures. We must be part of the negotiations. We want any actions undertaken to be informed by and answer to our demands and concerns. Civil society participation can’t be an afterthought. The Council must not sacrifice civil society engagement to meet budget and cash flow shortfalls.” declared Salma El Hosseiny from ISHR. Read the full story here.

 

Chine: la «résidence surveillée dans un lieu désigné, arme totale contre les défenseurs des droits humains»

Libération, 4 November, 2021

“Des cas de privations de sommeil et de nourriture, des passages à tabac et des interrogatoires interminables ont été rapportés par d’anciens détenus”, précise Patrick Poon de l’ONG The 29 Principles. Spécialisée dans la défense des avocats des droits de l’homme, l’organisation s’est ­associée à Safeguard Defenders et  à International Service for Human Rights (ISHR) pour alerter la communauté internationale sur les cas d’avocats placés en RSDL, comme Chang Weiping. «Au-delà d’être une grave violation des droits de l’homme, la RSDL vise à créer un effet de peur au sein du mouvement des droits humains en Chine. Maintenant, on sait que si on se fait arrêter, on risque de disparaître sous RSDL, avec un impact physique et mental grave sur les victimes», dit Raphaël Viana David de l’ISHR. Lire l’article ici.

 

‘Newspeak’ as a harbinger of a new world order? Chinese language struggle weakens human rights ‘without us realizing it’

Mondial Nieus, 20 October 2021

China is increasingly intervening in the UN Human Rights Council.  The last session of the Human Rights Council took place from 13 September to 11 October.  Sarah Brooks tracked it: During that session, there were about 50 moments when States could intervene.  “China has effectively done that in 48 of those 50 possibilities.” Brooks is programme director at International Service for Human Rights, an NGO that closely follows the discussions at the Human Rights Council in Geneva and also participates in them as a member of civil society.  “Attack is the best defense, or so it seems to be the adage of Chinese diplomacy these days.  Such a hyperactive approach requires an enormous amount of resources, manpower and energy.’ Read the full story here

 

Egypt: 11 rights groups call for release of veteran journalist “Tawfiq Ghanem”

Middle East Observer, 29 October 2021

ISHR is one of eleven human rights organisations that signed a joint statement calling on Egypt to immediately release journalist Tawfik Ghanem, who has been arbitrarily detained for 150 days solely because of his media work. The undersigned organisations are concerned that Tawfik Ghanem is being denied access to necessary healthcare in prison or outside facilities for diagnosis and treatment. Read the full story here.

 

维权律师传遭超期羁押 人权团体吁北京废除监视居住

Deutsche Welle, 27 October 2021

专门关注人权情势的“国际人权服务社”与保护卫士丶the Rights Practice丶The 29 Principles在24日发布一个倡议活动,呼吁中国政府废除指定居所监视居住的相关法律,并希望各国政府透过双边交流管道,要求中国政府停止用指定居所监视居住来对付人权运动者。请点此以阅读全文章。To read an English version of this article, click here.

 

Biden’s China-U.N influence challenge

Politico, 21 October 2021

The United States returned to the United Nations Human Rights Council under the Biden administration strategy to combat China’s growing influence across key U.N. agencies. In July, ISHR reported China’s presence as “a member of all eight of ECOSOC’s functional commissions, both standing committees, and all four expert bodies composed of governmental experts [and] there is also a Chinese expert on every ECOSOC body. Read the full story here

 

Five-year prison terms for Hong Kong students deepen fears of retroactive use of national security law

China Digital Times, 20 October 2021

Five former Chinese University of Hong Kong students were sentenced to almost five years in prison for their involvement in 2019 protests against the National Security Law. Foo Hoi-Ching, wrote a letter to the court, which was then translated on Twitter.  Sarah Brooks of ISHR, backed Hoi-ching’s letter on Twitter, stating “Read this translation all the way through. Respect this student’s articulate and compelling refusal to accept a flawed law and faulty justice. And reflect on the fact that a nearly 5 years’ sentence is nearly 20% of her life.” Read the full story here

 

Human rights organisation condemns new UAE Team Emirates women’s team

Cycling Weekly, 15 October 2021

ISHR expressed its concerns over the recent announcement that UAE Team Emirates are acquiring a UCI women’s team for 2022, when considering that the UAE is “a regime that systematically discriminates against women in law and in practice”. Read the full story here

 

الإمارات المتهمة بانتهاكات لحقوق الإنسان تترشح لعضوية مجلس حقوق الإنسان

Almayadeen.net, 13 October 2021

Phil Lynch, Director of ISHR, gave an interview making the following points: “Members of the UN Human Rights Council should uphold the highest standards in the promotion and protection of human rights, and cooperate fully with the UN human rights mechanisms. The UAE manifestly fails on both of these tests, with human rights defenders like Ahmed Mansoor subject to arbitrary detention and ill-treatment for his work to promote human rights, and the UAE frequently engaging in acts of intimidation or reprisal against victims, witnesses and human rights defenders who provide testimony, evidence or information to the UN. If UAE is elected to the Human Rights Council, it is imperative that other states ensure that this results in the Emirates being subject to heightened human rights scrutiny, rather than enabling the UAE to use its membership to hide from scrutiny or avoid accountability.” Watch the full video here

 

Saudi Arabia Accused of Sabotaging UN Probe of War Crimes in Yemen

WallStreetWindow, 11 October 2021

Following the United Nations Human Rights Council vote to discontinue a probe into war crimes in Yemen, ISHR stated, “States that voted no or abstained on [the] resolution to ensure continued international monitoring of the human rights crisis in Yemen support impunity for war crimes and crimes against humanity, and voted against the rights, dignity, and future of the Yemeni people”. Read the full story here.

 

As US returns to the UN Human Rights Council, it confronts an increasingly forceful China

South China Morning Post, 10 October 2021

Madeline Sinclair of ISHR, spoke about the importance of competitive elections, following the United States’ expected return to the United Nations Human Rights Council during the upcoming election. Read the full story here. (Full PDF version here)

 

Saudi Arabia Accused of Sabotaging UN Probe of War Crimes in Yemen

Common Dreams, 8 October 2021

Following the United Nations Human Rights Council vote to discontinue a probe into war crimes in Yemen, ISHR stated, “States that voted no or abstained on [the] resolution to ensure continued international monitoring of the human rights crisis in Yemen support impunity for war crimes and crimes against humanity, and voted against the rights, dignity, and future of the Yemeni people”. Read the full story here.

 

Rights groups urge UNHRC to set up system for collecting evidence on EJKs

Inquirer.net, 7 October 2021

ISHR was one of the human rights groups apart of a joint oral statement calling on the United Nations Human Rights Council to establish an investigative mechanism to collect evidence of human rights violations in the Philippines. Read the full story here

 

UN Votes to end Yemen war crimes probe in narrow defeat at Human Rights Council

RT, 7 October 2021

The United Nations Human Rights Council is ending the mandate of independent investigation and inquiry of war crimes in Yemen. ISHR condemned those who voted in favor of ending the mandate on Twitter. Read the full story here

 

77 MPs, Trade Unions, NGOs, academics call on British government to save Bahraini hunger striker

Middle East Monitor, 2 October 2021

ISHR was one of many NGOs to write to Foreign Secretary Liz Tress, along with numerous British lawmakers, trade unions, and prominent academics, expressing concern for imprisoned Bahraini human rights defender, Dr Abduljalil AlSingace. Read the full story here

 

Human Rights Council adopts Universal Periodic Review outcomes of Seychelles, Latvia, Singapore, and Sierra Leone

Africa News, 1 October 2021

The human rights council adopted the outcomes of the Universal Periodic Review outcomes of Seychelles, Latvia, Singapore, and Sierra Leone. The International Service for Human Rights was one of the civil society organizations that took the floor on the Universal Periodic Review outcome of Sierra Leone. Read the full story here

 

High Commissioner for Human Rights tells Human Rights Council that Human Rights situation in Belarus continues to worsen

Mirage, 25 September 2021

The Human Rights Council held an interactive dialogue on the human rights situation in Belarus, the report of the Independent International Fact-finding Mission on the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, and the Commission of the Inquiry of Burundi. Multiple countries and non-governmental organizations spoke in the discussions. ISHR spoke during the conclusion of the dialogue with the Commission of the Inquiry of Burundi. Read the full story here.

 

Egypt rights groups denounce Biden’s decision to grant Sisi military aid

Middle East Monitor, 14 September 2021

Following US President Biden’s decision to grant Egypt $170 million in military aid, ISHR was one of 14 human rights groups to sign a statement labeling the decision as a “terrible blow to the Biden administration’s stated commitment to human rights and to the rule of law”, while also calling on Congress to pressure Biden to refrain from similar future decisions. Read the full story here.

 

China Makes Sure Everyone Writes Taiwan’s Name Just So—Even a Colorado High School

Wall Street Journal, 11 September 2021

Beijing has long used its rising clout to challenge governments and multinationals over its claim that Taiwan is part of China. It’s also increasingly pushing around the runts of global diplomacy (…) over the issue. “They are consistent and bullish about it,” said Eleanor Openshaw, whose nonprofit, the International Service for Human Rights, closely follows the committee. “And they will not sleep until an NGO makes a change that they seek.” Read the full story here.

 

100+ organizations voice concern at low ambition of biodiversity negotiations

WebWire, 8 September 2021

Joint call – signed by ISHR – at IUCN World Conservation Congress demands governments act to secure a nature-positive world by 2030. “Human rights defenders and local communities are at the forefront of climate and nature action,” said Phil Lynch. “They have solutions to offer.” Read the full story here.

 

This isn’t about music, it’s about ‘freedom’: Why songs chanted at Cuba protests matter

USA Today Entertainment, 22 July 2021

ISHR raised the cases of Anamely Ramos who was detained and harassed by the Cuban government for writing poems demanding freedom for other detained, and of Omara Ruiz Urquiola who was beaten and detained by the police during a peaceful protest in Cuba. Read the full story here.

 

Two Changsha Funeng activists jailed for two, three years

Radio Free Asia, 22 July 2021

As authorities confirmed sentences handed to Liu Dazhi and Wu Ge Jianxiong, ISHR along with the Chinese Human Rights Defenders network and several NGOs co-signed a statement underlining these men’s human rights work for marginalised groups.  Read the full story here.

 

China and the UN: effective investment or undue influence?

The Geneva Observer, 22 July 2021

The Geneva Observer talked to ISHR’s Sarah Brooks, lead author of  ‘China in the UN Economic and Social Council’, a new briefing note that aims to ‘provide a comprehensive overview of China’s presence and influence in ECOSOC.’ Read the full story here.

 

Chinese power politics – Beijing’s influence in the UN is growing

World Today News, 19 July 2021

As China is deliberately expanding its power in the UN, ISHR’s Sarah Brooks laments the passivity of many countries, and calls for States that represent a different worldview to commit themselves much more strongly to the UN, to submit top candidacies for top positions themselves and to support each other. Read the full story here.

 

Pekings Einfluss in der UNO wächst

SFR, 19 Juli 2021

China sei mittlerweile im ganzen UNO-Apparat überaus aktiv und besetze mehr Spitzenpositionen als die drei Vetomächte USA, Frankreich und Grossbritannien zusammen, sagt Programmdirektorin Sarah Brooks: «Das UNO-Engagement von China ist gezielter und entschlossener als das vieler anderer Länder.» Weiterlesen.

 

Comment Pékin a réussi à impliquer l’ONU pour financer la Route de la soie

Le Temps, 16 juillet 2021

ISHR a publié un rapport qui décrit la manière dont la Chine cherche à imposer son modèle de développement au sein des Nations Unies, notamment au sein de l’ECOSOC. Lire l’article ici.

 

China’s lawyers forced to endorse socialism

Law Society Gazette Ireland, 9 July 2021

ISHR, as well as, the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI), Judicial Reform Foundation, and Lawyers for Lawyers, have each commemorated the 9 July, 2015, crackdown that saw an estimated 300 lawyers and human rights defenders arrested, summoned or briefly detained. The incident has become known as the ‘709 Crackdown’. Read the full story here.

 

UN rights boss signals she may move on Xinjiang without China nod

Reuters, 25 June 2021

The United Nations human rights chief should document her own findings on the plight of Uyghurs in Xinjiang even without China’s blessing for a visit, ISHR said along with other NGOs and diplomats, amid signs that her patience may be running out. Read the full story here.

 

UN rights boss signals she may move on Xinjiang without China nod

National Post, 25 June 2021

The United Nations human rights chief should document her own findings on the plight of Uyghurs in Xinjiang even without China’s blessing for a visit, ISHR said along with other NGOs and diplomats, amid signs that her patience may be running out. Read the full story here.

 

Algeria: Joint Letter – Algerian Authorities’ Alarming Crackdown On Pro-Democracy Forces During HRC 47

All Africa, 25 June 2021

ISHR, together with 81 domestic and international civil society groups, called on States to address the worsening human rights situation in Algeria, which has involved cracking down on peaceful Algerian protesters, journalists, civil society groups, human rights defenders, trade unionists, lawyers, and even political parties. Read the full story here.

 

Australia is accused of hypocritically demanding world government respect human rights during the coronavirus pandemic while locking its citizens at home and leaving 36,000 stranded overseas

Mail Online, 24 June 2021

While Australia has warned other countries against using the coronavirus pandemic as an excuse to trample on human rights, ISHR’s Phil Lynch said Australia’s abandonment of its citizens abroad had “revealed values of insularity, isolationism and discrimination” and that “a human rights-based approach to COVID requires that all measures be reasonable, necessary and proportionate.” Read the full story here.

 

Australia warns world not to trample on human rights during pandemic

The Sydney Morning Herald, 24 June 2021

While Australia has warned other countries against using the coronavirus pandemic as an excuse to trample on human rights, ISHR’s Phil Lynch said Australia’s abandonment of its citizens abroad had “revealed values of insularity, isolationism and discrimination” and that “a human rights-based approach to COVID requires that all measures be reasonable, necessary and proportionate.” Read the full story here.

 

CSW welcomes statements by UN members and NGOs on human rights in China

Independent Catholic News, 24 June 2021

Over 20 NGOs issued a joint statement delivered by ISHR at the UN Human Rights Council on 22 June, requesting that the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet “urgently strengthen remote monitoring and initiate public reporting on the human rights situation across China, focusing especially on Uyghur and Tibetan regions and Hong Kong.” Read the full story here.

 

President Should Act to Unshackle Freedoms

Mirage News, 1 June 2021

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi of Egypt should immediately end a crackdown on freedom of association, independent groups, and peaceful dissent, 63 organisations including ISHR said in a public statement recommending a series of actions Egypt should take to make tangible improvements in the human rights situation in Egypt and to ensure that it complies with its international obligations. Read the full story here.

 

Rape, Humiliation, and Torture: A Uyghur-Kazakh Survivor Speaks Out

Bitter Winter, 1 June 2021

Gulbahar Jalilova whose 15 month torment while interned by the Chinese government for offenses she is still ignorant of, has left her traumatised and afraid for her life, described her ordeal in a recent webinar organised by ISHR in an attempt to raise the volume on behalf of those still suffering in the camps. Read the full story here.

 

Sahara occidental: des organisations internationales condamnent la campagne répressive marocaine

Algérie Presse Service, 13 mai 2021

Plusieurs organisations internationales de défense des droits humains ont condamné la violente agression subie récemment par le militant sahraoui Hassanna Moulay Badi, dans la ville occupée d’El Ayoun, appelant à mettre fin à la campagne répressive menée par les autorités d’occupation marocaines contre les Sahraouis.Dans une déclaration conjointe, la Fédération internationale des droits de l’Homme, l’Organisation internationale contre la torture et le Service international des droits de l’Homme, soulignent que “cette agression contre le membre du Bureau exécutif de la Ligue pour la protection des prisonniers sahraouis se présente comme partie de la campagne de répression croissante lancée par les autorités d’occupation marocaines contre les défenseurs des droits humains sahraouis depuis la violation du cessez-le-feu par le Maroc le 13 novembre 2020”. Lire l’article ici.

 

UN to hold event on rights situation in Xinjiang today

Big News Network, 12 May 2021

ISHR was part of a broad coalition of UN member states and civil society organisations that held an online event to raise awareness and discuss the human rights situation prevailing in China Xinjiang province. Read the full story here.

 

Crushing dissent

The Express Tribune, 10 May 2021

A recent report by the International Service for Human Rights has revealed that almost half of the countries serving on the 47-member UN Human Rights Council were responsible for reprisals against human rights activists, lawyers and members of civil society that collaborated with UN bodies regarding rights abuses. Read the full story here.

 

Nearly half of UN rights council states behind activist reprisals: report

Dawn, 6 May 2021

A fresh report from ISHR analysed hundreds of cases over the past decade where people who assisted United Nations bodies in investigating and highlighting rights abuses were subjected to various forms of intimidation and reprisals by states. Read the full story here.

 

Nearly half of UN rights council states behind activist reprisals

Dhaka Tribune, 6 May 2021

A fresh report from ISHR analysed hundreds of cases over the past decade where people who assisted United Nations bodies in investigating and highlighting rights abuses were subjected to various forms of intimidation and reprisals by states. Read the full story here.

 

报告:近半数联合国人权理事国对倡议人士进行报复

德国之声,2021年5月6日

国际人权服务社(ISHR)研究发现,联合国人权理事会成员国当中,有半数国家对倡议人士和律师等人进行报复,包括巴林丶委内瑞拉丶越南丶中国等国。请点此阅读全文

 

West Africa: Indigenous Peoples Cry for Protection – As Human Rights Defenders Zoom On West Africa

All Africa, 15 April 2021

ISHR participated in a 3-day online meeting about “Securing the Firewall and Connecting the Unconnected: Frontline Defenders Across West Africa.” Read the full story here.

 

China’s Myanmar Mess

The Diplomat, 16 March 2021

ISHR’s Sarah Brooks co-wrote an op-ed with Debbie Stothard exposing how China’s non-action on the Myanmar coup is going against Beijing’s own interests. Read the full story here.

 

China says door to Xinjiang ‘always open’, but U.N. rights boss should not prejudge

Reuters, 2 March 2021

Bachelet said on Friday that she hoped to clinch agreement with Chinese officials about a visit. Louise Arbour was the last U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights to visit China, in September 2005. ISHR’s Sarah Brooks said: “After more than two years of spinning their wheels on a visit, the High Commissioner and her team, and the governments at the Human Rights Council, need to shift gears to take decisive action”. Read the full story here.

 

U.N. Human Rights Council starts work to address a ‘pandemic of human rights abuses’

The Week, 28 February 2021

David Kaye addressed the Human Rights Council pointing that the U.S. left a vacuum that allowed China to increase its influence on the Council. He also said the U.S. needs to account for its own human rights abuses — something he thinks it’s not prepared to do. ISHR’s Salma El Hosseiny highlighted that last year, the U.S. successfully lobbied the Council into watering down a resolution calling for the establishment of an independent commission of inquiry to investigate police brutality in the the country, and replacing it with a  less extensive report by the High Commissioner for Human Rights. Read the full story here.

 

专访:各国应善用联合国机制对抗中国势力

 德国之声, 2021年2月26日

在受到德国之声的专访中,国际人权服务社的亚洲计画专员海彦 (Raphael Viana David) 探讨中国在联合国人权理事会上的影响力。请点此以阅读全文章。

 

UN Human Rights Council starts work to address a ‘pandemic of human rights abuses’

PRI, 23 February 2021

As the US rejoins the UN Human Rights Council, human rights experts says that it should hold allies — and itself — accountable for human rights violations. ISHR’s Salma El Hosseiny highlights that last year, the US successfully lobbied the Council into watering down a resolution calling for the establishment of an independent commission of inquiry to investigate police brutality in the the country, and replacing it with a  less extensive report by the High Commissioner for Human Rights. ‘We look forward to seeing the United States constructively engage in good faith with this process, with the report, and with genuine self-reflection and commitment toward change.’ Read the full story here.

 

45 human rights and foreign policy organizations call on Formula 1 star Lewis Hamilton to speak out against the Saudi government’s human rights abuses

Speedsway Digest, 23 February 2021

ISHR joined dozens of human rights organisations who called on Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton to boycott a Grand Prix set to be held in Saudi Arabia later this year and speak out against the kingdom’s human rights abuses. Read the full story here.

 

Saudi F1 race: Activists urge Lewis Hamilton to speak out on human rights

The Middle East Eye, 22 February 2021

ISHR joined dozens of human rights organisations who called on Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton to boycott a Grand Prix set to be held in Saudi Arabia later this year and speak out against the kingdom’s human rights abuses. Read the full story here.

 

Jailed Chinese lawyer wins top human rights prize

The News, 12 February 2021

An imprisoned Chinese lawyer who worked on high-profile rights cases and advocated to abolish the death penalty received the Martin Ennals Award, awarded by a Jury of 10 leading rights organisations, including ISHR. ISHR’s director Phil Lynch hailed the prize as ‘symbolic’. ‘It highlights how critical the role of committed lawyers is in building a movement to uphold dignity, ensure equality and give everyone in society a fair say in their future,’ he said.Read the full story here.

 

Jailed Chinese lawyer wins top human rights prize

The Straits Times, 12 February 2021

An imprisoned Chinese lawyer who worked on high-profile rights cases and advocated to abolish the death penalty received the Martin Ennals Award. ISHR’s director Phil Lynch, a member of the Jury, hailed the prize as ‘symbolic’.‘It highlights how critical the role of committed lawyers is in building a movement to uphold dignity, ensure equality and give everyone in society a fair say in their future,’ he said. Read the full story here.

 

Jailed Chinese lawyer wins top human rights prize

New Age World, 12 February 2021

An imprisoned Chinese lawyer who worked on high-profile rights cases and advocated to abolish the death penalty received the Martin Ennals Award. ISHR’s director Phil Lynch, a member of the Jury, hailed the prize as ‘symbolic’.‘It highlights how critical the role of committed lawyers is in building a movement to uphold dignity, ensure equality and give everyone in society a fair say in their future,’ he said. Read the full story here.

 

Jailed Chinese lawyer Yu Wensheng wins human rights award

Reuters, 11 February 2021

A jailed Chinese lawyer who defended other human rights lawyers arrested in a sweeping crackdown against activism has won an international human rights award. ISHR’s director Phil Lync, one of the members of the jury, said the award showed that ‘unjustly imprisoning Yu Wensheng’ and other human rights defenders ‘will not go ignored’. Read the full story here.

 

Jailed Chinese lawyer Yu Wensheng wins human rights award

Kdal, 11 February 2021

A jailed Chinese lawyer who defended other human rights lawyers arrested in a sweeping crackdown against activism has won an international human rights award. ISHR’s director Phil Lync, one of the members of the jury, said the award showed that ‘unjustly imprisoning Yu Wensheng’ and other human rights defenders ‘will not go ignored’. Read the full story here.

 

New Zealand Steps into Australia-China Dispute

The Diplomat, 8 February 2021

After a senior New Zealand minister advised Australia to ‘show respect’ and act more diplomatically toward China, ISHR’s Phil Lynch said he was proud of Australia for standing up to China. Read the full story here.

 

Biden administration to rejoin UN Human Rights Council

Geneva Solutions, 8 February 2021

After the US  announced it would rejoin the Human Rights Council as an observer, ISHR’s Phil Lynch commented that ‘the interrelated challenges of climate change, the coronavirus pandemic and profound inequalities mean that now, more than ever, we need multilateralism, the UN and an international order founded on respect for human rights and the rule of law.’ Read the full story here.

 

Daily Telegraph newspaper’s ‘New Xi-land’ jab as China declares New Zealand ‘an example for Australia’

Newshub, 28 January 2021

China is heaping praise on New Zealand as “an example for Australia in how to deal” with foreign affairs after Trade Minister Damien O’Connor suggested Australia practice “more diplomacy” with China. To which ISHR’s director responded that “perhaps the New Zealand Government should be less craven and unprincipled on China and share the burden a little more .” Read the full story here.

 

EU-China Investment Agreement draws pushback over ILO standards and Human Rights concerns

Geneva Observer, 21 January 2021

The landmark EU-China Comprehensive Agreement concluded in late December is drawing a stiff backlash from civil society advocacy groups as well as in the European Parliament over the alleged failure by Brussels to secure stronger commitments from Beijing to address the country’s poor track record on labor standards and widespread human rights violations. ISHR’s Sarah Brooks said the EU is relying too much on goodwill and that there have to be robust commitments on human rights. Read the full story here.

 

Droits humains: une photographe, un avocat et une militante des droits des femmes à l’honneur

TV5 Monde, 19 janvier 2021

ISHR est membre du Jury du Prix Martin Ennals dont les finalistes pour 2021 sont Soltan Achilova, une photojournaliste qui travaille au Turkménistan; Loujain al-Hathloul, militante des droits des femmes en Arabie saoudite  récemment lourdement condamnée; et Yu Wensheng, qui a abandonné sa carrière florissante d’avocat d’affaires en Chine pour défendre l’un de ces avocats détenus, avant d’être lui-même arrêté. Lire l’article ici

 

UN rights body picks Fiji politician in first ever presidential vote

Deutsche Welle, 15 January 2021

‘The comprehensive defeat of Bahrain and Uzbekistan demonstrates that there should be no place among the Council’s president or vice presidents for representatives of states that restrict, criminalise and commit reprisals’ against rights defenders,’ ISHR’s director Phil Lynch told AFP. Read the full story here.

 

Les Fidji élues à la présidence du Conseil des droits de l’homme

24 Heures, 15 janvier 2021

«La défaite de Bahreïn et de l’Ouzbékistan démontre qu’il ne devrait y avoir aucune place parmi le président ou les vice-présidents du Conseil pour les représentants des Etats qui restreignent, criminalisent et exercent des représailles contre ceux qui défendent les droits de l’homme», a indiqué à l’AFP Phil Lynch, directeur d’ISHR. Lire l’article ici

 

In First, UN Rights Body To Vote On President After Standoff

NDTV, 15 January 2021

The UN Human Rights Council held an unprecedented secret ballot to pick its president after China and others blocked a candidate from Fiji considered a rights champion, sources and analysts said. ‘We understand… that Bahrain came forward after being encouraged by states including China, Saudi Arabia and Russia,’ ISHR’s director Phil Lynch told the press. Read the full story here.

 

In first, UN Human Rights Council to vote on president after standoff

Deccan Herald, 15 January 2021

The UN Human Rights Council held an unprecedented secret ballot to pick its president after China and others blocked a candidate from Fiji considered a rights champion, sources and analysts said. ‘We understand… that Bahrain came forward after being encouraged by states including China, Saudi Arabia and Russia,’ ISHR’s director Phil Lynch told the press. Read the full story here.

 

中俄欲选“自家人” 联合国人权理事会主席难产

RFI 法广, 2021年1月14日

国际人权服务社(International Service for Human Rights)执行长菲利普・林区对媒体表示:中国等国害怕斐济主导下的人权理事会过于积极行动。请点此以阅读全文章。

 

Reports that Russia & China oppose the candidacy of Ambassador Khan to be President of the UN Human Rights Council

Fiji Village, 10 January 2021

ISHR’s director Phil Lynch told Reuters that it’s understood that Saudi Arabia, China and Russia were all supportive of a Bahraini candidacy and opposed to a Fijian candidacy. Read the full story here.

 

Power struggle leaves U.N. rights body without leader

Euractiv, 8 January 2021

‘It’s understood that Saudi Arabia, China and Russia were all supportive of a Bahraini candidacy and opposed to a Fijian candidacy,’ said ISHR’s director Phil Lynch, citing Fiji’s record, with Ambassador Khan backing probes into abuses in Belarus and Yemen last year. Read the full story here.

 

Power struggle leaves U.N. rights body without leader

Reuters, 8 January 2021

‘It’s understood that Saudi Arabia, China and Russia were all supportive of a Bahraini candidacy and opposed to a Fijian candidacy,’ said ISHR’s director Phil Lynch, citing Fiji’s record, with Ambassador Khan backing probes into abuses in Belarus and Yemen last year. Read the full story here.

Saudi Arabia: Terrorism court sentences women’s rights defender Loujain Al-Hathloul
IFEX, 29 December 2020
ISHR is part of the Free Saudi Activists Coalition that condemns the sentencing of Saudi women’s rights defender Loujain Al-Hathloul, and calls on governments around the world, including the incoming US Administration, to hold Saudi Arabia accountable for their continued human rights violations. Read the full story here.

Activism is not terrorism: human rights groups condemn sentencing of Saudi women’s rights defender Loujain Al-Hathloul
Ein Press Wire, 28 December 2020
ISHR is part of the Free Saudi Activists Coalition that condemns the sentencing of Saudi women’s rights defender Loujain Al-Hathloul, and calls on governments around the world, including the incoming US Administration, to hold Saudi Arabia accountable for their continued human rights violations. Read the full story here.

Droits de l’homme en Guinée : plusieurs OSC s’engagent à observer l’exécution des recommandations de l’EPU
Mosaïque Guinée, 24 décembre 2020
Pour la première fois en Guinée, un groupe d’une vingtaine d’organisations de la société civile guinéenne s’organise pour le suivi des recommandations pays émises par le Conseil des droits de l’homme lors du troisième examen périodique universel  auquel la Guinée s’est soumise en Janvier 2020. Grâce à l’appui d’ISHR, plusieurs organisations ont publié des rapports sur la situation des droits humains, et le groupe a envoyé une déclaration orale pré-enregistrée. Lire l’article ici

EPU : des groupes thématiques de la société civile présentent leurs recommandations prioritaires
Le Djely, 22 décembre 2020
Pour la première fois en Guinée, un groupe d’une vingtaine d’organisations de la société civile guinéenne s’organise pour le suivi des recommandations pays émises par le Conseil des droits de l’homme lors du troisième examen périodique universel (EPU) auquel la Guinée s’est soumise en Janvier 2020. Grâce à l’appui d’ISHR, plusieurs organisations ont publié des rapports sur la situation des droits humains, et le groupe a envoyé une déclaration orale pré-enregistrée. Lire l’article ici

The Sisi Regime’s Assault on Women’s Rights
Dawn MENA, 11 December 2020
Op-ed by ISHR’s Salma El Hosseiny denouncing the crackdown on women’s and human rights and civil society space in Egypt. Read the full story here.

Detained women’s rights defender, Loujain AlHathloul, put on trial by Saudi Arabia on Human Rights Day
Ein Press Wire, 11 December 2020
ISHR was part of a coalition that called for the immediate release of Loujain AlHathloul and all Saudi Activists and Women’s Human Rights Defenders. Loujain faced another trial hearing on 10 December, with less than 24 hours notice, and the first since her case was transferred to the Specialised Criminal Court on 25 November 2020. Read the full story here.

Une vaste campagne de désinformation touche Genève
Le Temps, 9 décembre 2020
Alors qu’un «univers parallèle» semble s’être formé autour de l’ONU pour défendre les intérêts de l’Inde, au travers d’ONG factices bénéficiant d’accréditations, Phil Lynch, directeur d’ISHR, a déploré que des organisations indépendantes, qui pourraient réellement ennuyer les Etats, ont souvent toutes les peines du monde à franchir les obstacles en vue d’une admission, tandis que d’autres peuvent faire l’objet d’une sorte d’arrangement entre amis, qui favorise leur accession. Lire l’article ici (version intégrale PDF ici)

Egipto excarcela a tres miembros de una ONG detenidos tras reunirse con diplomáticos occidentales
El País, 4 de diciembre 2020
‘Los arrestos forman parte de una estrategia más amplia, que lleva ocurriendo durante la última década, que trata de erradicar el movimiento de derechos humanos [en Egipto]’, señala Salma El Hosseiny del International Service For Human Rights (ISHR). ‘Su liberación se debe a la presión internacional y es un signo de que la comunidad internacional puede hacerlo si quiere, aunque haya escogido no hacerlo durante los últimos seis años’, agrega. Lee la historia completa aquí.

Tren Maya: La ONU pide transparencia y respeto a los derechos indígenas
Proceso, 25 de noviembre 2020
Raphaël Viana David de ISHR dice a Proceso que ‘la discrepancia entre los compromisos de México a nivel internacional y la acción o inacción del gobierno frente a ataques sistematicós a ambientalistas feministas y otras personas defensoras de derechos humanos, resulta alarmante. Lee la historia completa aquí.

Tren Maya, estación final: Naciones Unidas
Animal Politico, 30 de noviembre 2020
Tras el envío de una carta por personas expertas en derechos humanos de la ONU a México sobre el caso Tren Maya, Olga Guzmán de la Comisión Mexicana de Defensa y Promoción de Derechos Humanos y Raphaël Viana David de ISHR publicaron un artículo de opinión sobre el respaldo selectivo de la ONU al proyecto y los compromisos internacionales de México en derechos humanos. Lee la historia completa aquí.

Relatores de Naciones Unidas y el Tren Maya
El Universal, 28 de noviembre 2020
ISHR y otras organisaciones de derechos humanos hicieron un atento llamado al gobierno de México, para que acate las medidas sobre el Tren Maya solicitadas por los relatores de la ONU y, sobre todo, acate las recomendaciones y cumpla con sus obligaciones bajo convenios internacionales y estándares de derechos humanos allí señalados. Lee la historia completa aquí.

En Egypte, rencontrer des ambassadeurs étrangers mène en prison
Le Temps, 26 novembre 2020
Salma El Hosseiny, responsable du plaidoyer auprès du Conseil des droits de l’Homme chez ISHR a dénoncé la récente arrestation de trois dirigeants d’une ONG égyptienne. Elle a rappelé que cette arrestation était survenue après qu’ils aient rencontré des diplomates européens, dont l’ambassadeur helvétique au Caire. Lire l’article ici.

Burundi – 65 Organizations Call for Immediate Release of Iwacu Journalists
All Africa, 22 October 2020
On the first anniversary of their arrest, ISJR and 64 other organisations called for the immediate and unconditional release of the Iwacu journalists Agnès Ndirubusa, Christine Kamikazi, Egide Harerimana and Térence Mpozenzi who were convicted on charges against state security for simply doing their job. Their continued detention on baseless charges is a stark reminder that, despite a recent change in leadership, the Burundian government has little tolerance for independent journalism and free speech, the organisations said Read the full story here.

China’s human rights record slammed after UNHRC reelection
Taiwan News, 14 October 2020
ISHR’s Sarah Brooks declared that China’s reelection has made the Human Rights Council’s credibility ‘hard to swallow.’ ‘The idea that the council can be the world’s highest human rights body […] when China is on the council and actively engaged, imperils a whole range of efforts to use the council to address violations worldwide,’ Brooks said. Read the full story here.

China’s human rights record slammed after UNHRC reelection
Deutsche Welle, 14 October 2020
ISHR’s Sarah Brooks declared that China’s reelection has made the Human Rights Council’s credibility ‘hard to swallow.’ ‘The idea that the council can be the world’s highest human rights body […] when China is on the council and actively engaged, imperils a whole range of efforts to use the council to address violations worldwide,’ Brooks said. Read the full story here.

Egypt continues to arrest women for posting TikTok videos
Reclaim the Net, 13 October 2020
Salma el Hosseiny from the International Service for Human Rights aptly describes the ambiguity of laws surrounding the content women are permitted to post online. ‘They themselves would have never imagined that they would go to jail and be sentenced for what they were doing, because what they’re doing is basically what everyone else does on social media,’ said El Hosseiny. Read the full story here.

Saudi Arabia Should Be Punished by, Not Elected to, the UN Human Rights Council
Antiwar.com, 12 October 2020
While Saudi Arabia is running for election at the Human Rights Council, ISHR emphasised that women human rights defenders are still being detained ‘because of their activism. The women’s rights activists are being used to amplify the Saudi’s government message to its citizens: ‘Keep quiet and obey us. If you demand your rights, you will get punished.’ Read the full story here.

Amid international outcry, China vies for U.N. Human Rights Council seat
China Digital Times, 9 October 2020
ISHR opposed a now withdrawn ‘people-centered’ resolution tabled by China, calling it an ‘agglomeration of disparate, largely innocuous concepts (that) also draws heavily from a range of development-orientated General Assembly resolutions, exacerbating the lack of coherence.’ Read the full story here.

FCRA law: 15 international organisations condemn Centre’s move to freeze Amnesty India’s accounts
Scroll In, 2 October 2020
ISHR, along with 14 other international organisations, has condemned India’s move to freeze the funds of Amnesty International India, forcing it to halt its work. Read the full story here.

GENEVA: Human Rights Council adopts Guinea’s UPR results
Le Djely, 29 September 2020
ISHR took part in the debates around the adoption of Guinea’s UPR report. Read the full story here.

West urges Saudi Arabia to release women activists, prosecute Khashoggi killers
Al Khaleej, 27 September 2020
Dozens of Western countries called for the release of women activists detained in Saudi Arabia and for those behind the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi to be brought to justice. Detained women activists include al-Hathloul, Nouf Abdelaziz, Samar Badawi, Nassima Al-Sadah, Mohammed Al-Bajadi, and Miyaa Al-Zahrani, ISHR said in a statement. Read the full story here.

Social media censorship in Egypt targets women on TikTok
The Week, 26 September 2020
ISHR’s Salma El Hosseiny denounced the arrests of 9 Egyptian Tiktokers, arguing that these women were likely targeted because they’re from middle- or working-class backgrounds and dance to a style of music shunned by the bourgeoisie for scandalous lyrics that touch on taboo topics. Read the full story here.

China expanded Uighur internment camps despite denials, researchers say
New York Post, 24 September 2020
In an open letter, ISHR along with other human rights NGOs, requested that the UN create an ‘impartial and independent’ watchdog to place scrutiny on the long-ruling Communist Party over its documented human rights abuses in Hong Kong, Xinjiang and Tibet. Read the full story here.

L’Onu invite le Sénégal à abroger l’arrêté Ousmane Ngom
Xibaaru, 22 septembre 2020
Le Sénégal est candidat au Conseil des Droits de l’Homme de l’Onu pour 2021-2023. En prélude à cette élection prévue en octobre prochain, ISHR en collaboration avec des partenaires nationaux, ont publié des recommandations que chaque pays candidat devra respecter en tant membre du Conseil. Ainsi, le Sénégal est invité à abroger l’arrêté Ousmane Ngom portant interdiction de marche dans le Plateau. Lire l’article ici.

ONU : Le Conseil des droits de l’homme dénonce des disparitions liées au Covid-19 !
Les Blogs de Mediapart, 22 septembre 2020
ISHR faisait partie des parties prenantes ayant pris la parole lors de du dialogue du Conseil des droits de l’Homme avec le Groupe de travail sur les disparitions forcées ou involontaires. Lire l’article ici.

Social media censorship in Egypt targets women on TikTok
PRI, 18 September 2020
ISHR’s Salma El Hosseiny denounced the arrests of 9 Egyptian Tiktokers, arguing that these women were likely targeted because they’re from middle- or working-class backgrounds and dance to a style of music shunned by the bourgeoisie for scandalous lyrics that touch on taboo topics. Read the full story here.

Activists decry ‘genocide’ of China’s Uighur minority in open letter from two dozen groups
News 24, 15 September 2020
While Michelle Bachelet said she was discussing a possible visit to Xinjiang with Chinese authorities, activists voiced disappointment in her speech to the Human Rights Council, where China has never been the object of a resolution.’Bachelet’s remarks on China say nothing of substance – no word about the human costs of China’s rights violations, including against Uighurs and in Hong Kong, nor the ongoing concerns about free expression, arbitrary detention and crackdowns on civil society,’ ISHR’s Sarah Brooks told Reuters. Read the full story here.

Activists want UN to probe ‘genocide’ of China’s Uighur minority
Al Jazeera, 15 September 2020
While Michelle Bachelet said she was discussing a possible visit to Xinjiang with Chinese authorities, activists voiced disappointment in her speech to the Human Rights Council, where China has never been the object of a resolution.’Bachelet’s remarks on China say nothing of substance – no word about the human costs of China’s rights violations, including against Uighurs and in Hong Kong, nor the ongoing concerns about free expression, arbitrary detention and crackdowns on civil society,’ ISHR’s Sarah Brooks told Reuters. Read the full story here.

Activists decry ‘genocide’ of China’s Uighur minority: letter
Reuters, 15 September 2020
While Michelle Bachelet said she was discussing a possible visit to Xinjiang with Chinese authorities, activists voiced disappointment in her speech to the Human Rights Council, where China has never been the object of a resolution.’Bachelet’s remarks on China say nothing of substance – no word about the human costs of China’s rights violations, including against Uighurs and in Hong Kong, nor the ongoing concerns about free expression, arbitrary detention and crackdowns on civil society,’ ISHR’s Sarah Brooks told Reuters. Read the full story here.

Activists decry ‘genocide’ of China’s Uighur minority: letter
KFGO, 15 September 2020
While Michelle Bachelet said she was discussing a possible visit to Xinjiang with Chinese authorities, activists voiced disappointment in her speech to the Human Rights Council, where China has never been the object of a resolution.’Bachelet’s remarks on China say nothing of substance – no word about the human costs of China’s rights violations, including against Uighurs and in Hong Kong, nor the ongoing concerns about free expression, arbitrary detention and crackdowns on civil society,’ ISHR’s Sarah Brooks told Reuters. Read the full story here.

UN slams Saudi Arabia in rare rebuke
Deutsche Welle, 15 September 2020
While dozens of countries have called on Saudi Arabia to release jailed women’s rights activists and provide transparency Saudi critic Jamal Khashoggi’s killing, ISHR’s Salma El Hosseiny declared that: “the immediate and unconditional release of the women’s rights activists and human rights defenders would be a litmus test of the Saudi government’s political will to improve the human rights situations” . Read the full story here.

West urges Saudi Arabia to release women activists, prosecute Khashoggi killers
Egypt Independent, 15 September 2020
Dozens of Western countries called for the release of women activists detained in Saudi Arabia and for those behind the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi to be brought to justice. Detained women activists include al-Hathloul, Nouf Abdelaziz, Samar Badawi, Nassima Al-Sadah, Mohammed Al-Bajadi, and Miyaa Al-Zahrani, ISHR said in a statement. Read the full story here.

West urges Saudi Arabia to release women activists, prosecute Khashoggi killers
Nsemgh, 15 September 2020
Dozens of Western countries called for the release of women activists detained in Saudi Arabia and for those behind the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi to be brought to justice. Detained women activists include al-Hathloul, Nouf Abdelaziz, Samar Badawi, Nassima Al-Sadah, Mohammed Al-Bajadi, and Miyaa Al-Zahrani, ISHR said in a statement. Read the full story here.

West urges Saudi Arabia to release women activists, prosecute Khashoggi killers
Reuters, 15 September 2020
Dozens of Western countries called for the release of women activists detained in Saudi Arabia and for those behind the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi to be brought to justice. Detained women activists include al-Hathloul, Nouf Abdelaziz, Samar Badawi, Nassima Al-Sadah, Mohammed Al-Bajadi, and Miyaa Al-Zahrani, ISHR said in a statement. Read the full story here.

West urges S.Arabia to release women activists, prosecute Khashoggi killers
Devdiscourse, 15 September 2020
Denmark’s ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, Morten Jespersen, read out a joint statement on behalf of 29 countries — including Australia, Britain and Canada — urging the kingdom to “release all political detainees” and voicing concern at the detention of “at least five women activists”. They include al-Hathloul, Nouf Abdelaziz, Samar Badawi, Nassima Al-Sadah, Mohammed Al-Bajadi, and Miyaa Al-Zahrani, ISHR said in a statement. Read the full story here.

West urges S.Arabia to release women activists, prosecute Khashoggi killers
Nasdaq, 15 September 2020
Dozens of Western countries called for the release of women activists detained in Saudi Arabia and for those behind the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi to be brought to justice. Detained women activists include al-Hathloul, Nouf Abdelaziz, Samar Badawi, Nassima Al-Sadah, Mohammed Al-Bajadi, and Miyaa Al-Zahrani, ISHR said in a statement. Read the full story here.

Despite poor rights record, Nepal eyes another term on Human Rights Council
The Kathmandu Post, 12 September 2020
Nepal is seeking yet another term on the Human Rights Council for the 2021-23 period, amid rising concerns over the country’s commitment to rights issues and criticism for failing to uphold its past promises, including those which it made before its election to the UN body for the 2018-20 period. On Wednesday, while addressing the pledging session organised by Amnesty International and the International Service for Human Rights, Nepal’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York, Amrit Bahadur Rai, said that the Nepal government is committed to completing the transitional justice process based on victims’ concern. Read the full story here.

Nepal again pledges progress on human rights if elected to UN council
Nepali Times, 11 September 2020
Nepal’s rivals for one of four HRC seats for the Asia-Pacific region for the Council’s 2021-23 term are China, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Uzbekistan. According to a scorecard produced by ISHR and presented during our pledging event, the country got 9/18 human rights benchmarks while its closest competitor, Uzbekistan, reached 6/18. Read the full story here.

Over 300 civil society groups urge more scrutiny of China on human rights
Hindustan Times, 10 September 2020
More than 300 civil society groups including Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and the International Service for Human Rights are urging the United Nations to set up an international watchdog to address human rights violations by the Chinese government. Read the full story here.

Over 300 civil society groups urge more scrutiny of China on human rights
The Tribune, 9 September 2020
More than 300 civil society groups including Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and the International Service for Human Rights are urging the United Nations to set up an international watchdog to address human rights violations by the Chinese government. Read the full story here.

Hundreds of NGOs urge UN to investigate China’s human rights abuses
TRT World, 9 September 2020
Hundreds of organisations have urged the United Nations to probe rights violations in China as other groups called for Olympic chiefs to strip Beijing of the 2022 winter games. ISHR’s Sarah Brooks meanwhile stressed in the joint statement ‘China’s disdain for human rights no longer affects only its citizens.’ ‘Its support for dictators and efforts to rewrite international standards are making the work of defending human rights harder than ever.’ Read the full story here.

Over 100 UK lawmakers, 321 civil society groups denounce China over Uighur Muslims abuse
Daily Sabah, 9 September 2020
321 civil society groups including Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and the International Service for Human Rights urged the United Nations to set up an international watchdog to address human rights violations by the Chinese government. Read the full story here.

Over 300 groups urge UN to probe China’s rights violations
Sports Grind Entertainment, 9 September 2020
More than 300 organizations are calling on the United Nations to address the rampant human rights abuses by the Chinese Communist Party.In an open letter published Wednesday, the groups — which include Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and the International Service for Human Rights — requested that the UN create an “impartial and independent” watchdog to place scrutiny on the long-ruling Communist Party over their documented human rights abuses in Hong Kong, Xinjiang and Tibet. Read the full story here.

Over 300 Civil Groups Seek International Probe of China’s Human Rights Abuses
The Epoch Times, 9 September 2020
321 groups, including Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, the International Service for Human Rights, and 50 U.N. experts, drafted a joint letter to the U.N. on Sept. 9 criticizing Beijing’s suppression of freedoms in Hong Kong, Tibet, and Xinjiang, as well as its mishandling of the CCP virus pandemic and persecution of human rights advocates. Read the full story here.

More than 300 civil society groups urge more scrutiny of China on human rights
The Globe and Mail, 9 September 2020
321 groups, including Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, the International Service for Human Rights, and 50 U.N. experts, drafted a joint letter to the U.N. on Sept. 9 criticizing Beijing’s suppression of freedoms in Hong Kong, Tibet, and Xinjiang, as well as its mishandling of the CCP virus pandemic and persecution of human rights advocates. Read the full story here.

Protect human rights defenders
Panay News, 9 September 2020
ISHR published a statement to stand in solidarity with our partner Karapatan in deed grief and indignation about human rights defender Zara Alvarez’ extrajudicial killing in the Philippines. Read the full story here.

La batalla del régimen de Al Sisi para redefinir los límites de la moralidad en Egipto se juega ahora en TikTok
Público, 31 August 2020
“Estas mujeres están en prisión obviamente porque son mujeres, pero también por sus entornos socioeconómicos”, observa Salma El Hosseiny, directora del programa de derechos humanos del International Service For Human Rights (ISHR). “El problema es que, al ser mujeres de estos entornos, a ojos del Estado y de aquellos que las denuncian, se tiene que discutir qué les está permitido hacer”, añade. Lee la historia completa aquí.

Interagency body to probe Echanis, Alvarez slays
Inquirer.net, 21 August 2020
International Service for Human Rights also expressed “deep grief and indignation” over the killing of Alvarez.“How can it be that courageous people who work to realize our common vision of a better world for all continue to be killed by State and non-State actors? Together with national civil society and (United Nations) Special Procedures, we urge for an independent investigation mechanism into the human rights situation in the Philippines,” it said in a tweet. Read the full story here.

International rights groups call for an end to ‘cold-blooded killings’ in PH
Bulatlat, 19 August 2020
ISHR signed a joint statement along with several other international human rights groups expressing solidarity with human rights movement in the Philippines after the ‘cold-blooded killings’ of activists in the country. Read the full story here.

Indian Army Using ‘Kashmiri Women’s Humiliation’ As Instrument Of War
Urdu Point, 3 August 2020
Along with several other human rights NGOs, ISHR had signed a statement calling for an end of the torture methods on women, girls, children and minors in Jammu and Kashmir. Read the full story here.

If EU wants rule of law in China, it must help ‘dissident’ lawyers
EU Observer, 10 July 2020
On the 5th anniversary of the ‘709 crackdown’, Judith Lichtenberg and ISHR’s Sarah Brooks published an op-ed calling for the EU to increase support to Chinese dissident lawyers. Read the full story here.

« La France et l’Union européenne doivent renforcer leur soutien aux avocats des droits humains en Chine »
Le Monde, 10 juillet 2020
Face à l’ampleur de la répression qui touche les avocats « weiquan », Raphaël Viana David d’ISHR s’est joint à un collectif de chercheurs et de militants pour appeller, dans une tribune au « Monde », à une plus forte mobilisation de la communauté internationale. Lire l’article ici. (Version intégrale PDF ici)

Passe d’armes à l’ONU sur Hongkong et la Chine
Le Temps, 1er juillet 2020
Vingt-sept pays, dont la Suisse, dénoncent la loi sur la sécurité imposée à Hongkong. «La démarche des 27 est significative, car il est très rare, dans le cadre du Conseil, que l’on dénonce publiquement une grande puissance nommément, explique Sarah Brooks, d’ISHR. Lire l’article ici.

Britain and West Urge China to Scrap HK Security Law, Open Xinjiang
Thomson Reuters, 30 June 2020
“The first statement in four years on China – with more than twice the countries supporting – is an urgently-needed response to voice of victims, and to the need for the High Commissioner to take decisive action to monitor China’s attacks on Uyghurs and to stop erosion of rights in Hong Kong,” Sarah Brooks of the International Service for Human Rights said in a statement. Read the full story here.

Britain and West Urge China to Scrap HK Security Law, Open Xinjiang
New York Times, 30 June 2020
“The first statement in four years on China – with more than twice the countries supporting – is an urgently-needed response to voice of victims, and to the need for the High Commissioner to take decisive action to monitor China’s attacks on Uyghurs and to stop erosion of rights in Hong Kong,” Sarah Brooks of the International Service for Human Rights said in a statement. Read the full story here.

UN experts denounce ‘repression’ of freedom in China
Macau Business, 27 June 2020
Dozens of independent UN experts voiced alarm Friday over the repression of fundamental freedoms in China, demanding urgent action from the UN Human Rights Council. Sarah Brooks, from the International Service for Human Rights, said the joint statement was long overdue but worth waiting for. Read the full story here.

UN experts denounce ‘repression’ of freedom in China, urge dropping of Hong Kong security law
SBS news, 27 June 2020
UN experts have urged Beijing to drop its draft security law for Hong Kong and have denounced the “excessive use of force by police and the alleged use of chemical agents against protesters”.  Sarah Brooks, from the International Service for Human Rights, said the joint statement was long overdue but worth waiting for. Read the full story here.

Des experts de l’ONU dénoncent la répression des libertés en Chine
La Presse, 26 juin 2020
Une cinquantaine d’experts indépendants de l’ONU ont dénoncé vendredi la répression des libertés fondamentales en Chine, demandant la tenue d’une session spéciale du Conseil des droits de l’Homme.  ISHR a salué la déclaration des experts, soulignant qu’elle était « attendue depuis longtemps ». Lire l’article ici.

U.N. Experts Denounce ‘Repression’ of Freedom in China
Naharnet Newsdesk, 26 June 2020
Dozens of independent U.N. experts voiced alarm Friday over the repression of fundamental freedoms in China, demanding urgent action from the U.N. Human Rights Council. Sarah Brooks, from the International Service for Human Rights, said the joint statement was long overdue but worth waiting for. Read the full story here.

UN Experts Denounce ‘Repression’ of Freedom in China
Hong Kong Free Press, 26 June 2020
Dozens of independent U.N. experts voiced alarm Friday over the repression of fundamental freedoms in China, demanding urgent action from the U.N. Human Rights Council. Sarah Brooks, from the International Service for Human Rights, said the joint statement was long overdue but worth waiting for. Read the full story here.

UN condemns systemic racism – without naming US
New Straits Times, 20 June 2020
An initially strongly-worded text proposed earlier this week had called for a high-level international investigation into police violence against people of African descent in the United States. ISHR’s Salma El Hosseiny said many delegations from Europe and Latin America especially had worked to ensure the US mention was removed from the text, charging that they had helped “subvert the debate into an ‘all lives matter’ discussion. Read the full story here.

UN discusses resolution concerning racial violence US for first time ever
Lilith, 17 June 2020
Interview of ISHR’s Sarah Brooks regarding the draft resolution on police brutality and systemic racism in the US and other countries submitted at the 43rd session of the Human Rights Council. Read the full story here.

Does Nepal deserve 2nd term at UNHRC?
Nepali Times, 15 June 2020
As Nepal is running for re-election at the Human Rights Council, ISHR’s Eleanor Openshaw insisted on the need for countries to fully cooperate with the Council “because it’s an indicator of how you live up to your obligations, of a broader willingness and commitment by the state”. Read the full story here.

IBAHRI Signs Joint Statement On The Impact of COVID-19 on LGBTI Persons’ Human Rights
Curve, 11 June 2020
ISHR has joined a coalition of 187 global organisations in signing a joint statement regarding the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on LGBTI persons’ human rights. Read the full story here.

Féministes saoudiennes emprisonnées: halte aux atermoiements suisses
Le Temps, 14 mai 2020
Article d’opinion co-rédigé par Salma el Hosseiny et Fanny Toutou-Mpondo d’ISHR à l’occasion du 2ème anniversaire de la vague d’arrestations ayant frappé les défenseures des droits des femmes en Arabie saoudite. Lire l’article ici.

‘Companies mustn’t stand by as attacks on human rights defenders rise during Covid-19’
Ethical Corporation Magazine, 28 April 2020
Global Witness and the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, Investor Alliance for Human Rights, and International Service for Human Rights have today launched two companion briefings detailing how companies and investors should take action in support of human rights defenders. Read the full story here.

HRDN issues policy brief in Response to COVID-19 Measures and Protection of Human Rights in Sierra Leone
SwitSalone, 9 April 2020
The Human Rights Defenders Network, a network supported by ISHR, has issued a Policy Brief in Response to COVID-19 Measures and Protection of Human Rights in Sierra Leone. Read the full story here.

CPJ, 80 Media and Rights Groups Urge African Heads of State to Release Jailed Journalists
Front Page Africa, 9 April 2020
ISHR joined a call issued by the Committee to Protect Journalists urging African leaders for the immediate release of all journalists imprisoned for their work. Read the full story here.

Release jailed journalists during Covid-19 pandemic
Daily Maverick, 8 April 2020
ISHR joined a call issued by the Committee to Protect Journalists urging African leaders for the immediate release of all journalists imprisoned for their work. Read the full story here.

O que se passa no mundo para além da Covid-19?
DW, 7 de Abril 2020
ISHR mostrou-se preocupada com a libertação do advogado Wang Quanzhang por estar a ser “tudo menos incondicional” e teme que “lhe sejam restringidas gravemente as suas liberdades pessoais, incluindo a de movimento”. Apesar de Wang viver e trabalhar em Pequim antes de ter sido detido, a organização ISHR já temia que Wang fosse levado para Jinan, “longe das redes de apoio e dos diplomatas (estrangeiros)” da capital. Leia o artigo aqui.

Growing Calls for China to Release Rights Lawyer from Compulsory Quarantine 
Voice of America, 6 April 2020
“Beijing’s insistence on prosecuting Wang… reinforces a dangerous mindset: that stability trumps free speech, and a ‘harmonious society’, human rights,” Sarah Brooks, ISHR’s Asia Advocate said in a statement regarding Chinses human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang’s “non-release” release. Read the full story here.

China frees human rights lawyer
Outlook India, 6 April 2020
Along with other human rights NGOs, ISHR expressed concerns that Chinese human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang’s impending release would not be unconditional and that he could be taken to Jinan even though he had lived and worked in Beijing before his arrest. Read the full story here.

China Frees Human Rights Lawyer Wang Quanzhang
Latin American Herald Tribune, 5 April 2020
ISHR expressed concerns that Chinese human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang’s impending release would not be unconditional.“If Wang is freed, his family expects him to be forcibly removed to his hometown, far from support networks and diplomats in Beijing, and to face serious restrictions to his personal liberties, including freedom of movement,” ISHR said in a statement. Read the full story here.

Abogado chino defensor de derechos humanos es liberado de prisión después de casi 4 años
Sin Embargo, 5 de Abril 2020
ISHR mostró su preocupación por que la liberación del abogado Wang Quanzhang “fuese de todo menos incondicional”.”Si Wang es liberado, su familia espera que se le aleje a la fuerza de su ciudad, que se le ponga lejos de las redes de apoyo y los diplomáticos (extranjeros) en Pekín y que se le restrinjan gravemente sus libertades personales, incluida la de movimiento”, indicó ISHR en un comunicado. Lea el artículo aquí.

El abogado pro derechos humanos chino Wang Quanzhang sale de prisión
El Diario, 5 de Abril 2020
ISHR mostró su preocupación por que la liberación del abogado Wang Quanzhang “fuese de todo menos incondicional”.”Si Wang es liberado, su familia espera que se le aleje a la fuerza de su ciudad, que se le ponga lejos de las redes de apoyo y los diplomáticos (extranjeros) en Pekín y que se le restrinjan gravemente sus libertades personales, incluida la de movimiento”, indicó ISHR en un comunicado. Lea el artículo aquí.

Advogado chinês Wang Quanzhang, especializado em direitos humanos, saiu da prisão
Observador, 5 de Abril 2020
ISHR mostrou-se preocupada com a libertação do advogado Wang Quanzhang por estar a ser “tudo menos incondicional”. “Se Wang é libertado, a sua família espera que seja afastado à força da sua cidade, que o ponham longe das redes de apoio e dos diplomatas (estrangeiros) em Pequim e que lhe sejam restringidas gravemente as suas liberdades pessoais, incluindo a de movimento”, indicou a ISHR num comunicado. Leia o artigo aqui.

Human rights groups warn governments of privacy laws when tracking COVID-19
ZDNet, 3 April 2020
ISHR co-signed an NGO joint statement setting out eight conditions proposed for governments worldwide to adhere to if they are using surveillance technology to combat the pandemic. Read the full story here.

Plainte d’une ONG contre l’Etat burundais dans le cadre d’une affaire de torture
Impact.sn, 23 mars 2020
ISHR a déposé une plainte contre le Burundi auprès du Comité de l’ONU contre la torture au nom de quatre avocats burundais. Lire l’article ici.

Plainte d’une ONG contre l’Etat burundais dans une affaire de torture
La Croix, 20 mars 2020
ISHR a déposé une plainte contre le Burundi auprès du Comité de l’ONU contre la torture au nom de quatre avocats burundais. Lire l’article ici.

Complaint filed with UN over Burundi ‘reprisals’ on lawyers
The EastAfrican, 20 March 2020
ISHR filed a complaint with the United Nations Committee against Torture (CAT), charging that Burundian authorities’ decision to disbar and suspend four lawyers constituted a “reprisal” for their participation in a 2016 rights review. Read the full story here.

Complaint filed with UN over Burundi ‘reprisals’ on lawyers
Namibia Press Agency, 19 March 2020
ISHR filed a complaint with the United Nations Committee against Torture (CAT), charging that Burundian authorities’ decision to disbar and suspend four lawyers constituted a “reprisal” for their participation in a 2016 rights review. Read the full story here.

Plainte d’une ONG contre le Burundi auprès d’un comité de l’ONU
Africain Info, 19 mars 2020
ISHR a déposé une plainte contre le Burundi auprès du Comité de l’ONU contre la torture au nom de quatre avocats burundais. Lire l’article ici.

Plainte d’une ONG contre le Burundi auprès d’un comité de l’ONU
Africa Radio, 19 mars 2020
ISHR a déposé une plainte contre le Burundi auprès du Comité de l’ONU contre la torture au nom de quatre avocats burundais. Lire l’article ici.

Complaint filed with UN over Burundi ‘reprisals’ on lawyers
The Independent, 19 March 2020
ISHR filed a complaint with the United Nations Committee against Torture (CAT), charging that Burundian authorities’ decision to disbar and suspend four lawyers constituted a “reprisal” for their participation in a 2016 rights review. Read the full story here.

Human Rights Watch calls on UN to address Xinjiang abuses
Tamil Guardian, 13 March 2020
Following widespread international concern over China’s treatment of Xinjiang Muslim population, Human Rights Watch along with ISHR called on the Human Rights Council to address continuing human rights abuses in Xinjiang by China’s government. Read the full story here.

UN: Rights Body Needs to Step Up on Xinjiang Abuses
Big News Network, 13 March 2020
Following widespread international concern over China’s treatment of Xinjiang Muslim population, Human Rights Watch along with ISHR called on the Human Rights Council to address continuing human rights abuses in Xinjiang by China’s government. Read the full story here.

International NGOs express concern over grim HR situation in IOK
Kashmir Media Service, 12 March 2020
ISHR along with seven other prominent international human rights organisations has expressed grave concern over the prevailing grim human rights situation in occupied Kashmir where the Indian authorities continue to impose lockdown for the past over seven months. Read the full story here.

Antonio Guterres accusé d’oublier les droits de l’homme aux Nations unies
La Revue Internationale, 27 février 2020
ISHR a déploré le manque de cohérence du Secrétaire général de l’ONU envers les Etats puissants ou politiquement influents. Lire l’article ici.

Antonio Guterres accusé d’oublier les droits de l’homme aux Nations unies
Le Monde, 25 février 2020
ISHR a déploré le manque de cohérence du Secrétaire général de l’ONU envers les Etats puissants ou politiquement influents. Lire l’article ici dans sa version réservée aux non-abonné.es, et en intégralité ici.

Les ONG sous le coup des restrictions budgétaires de l’ONU
Le Temps, 18 février 2020
L’austérité budgétaire imposée à l’ONU a pour conséquence une réduction du temps de parole des ONG devant le Conseil des droits de l’Homme, a dénoncé Salma El Hosseiny d’ISHR. Lire l’article ici dans sa version réservée aux non-abonné.es, et en intégralité ici.

For many human rights NGOs, UN access remains out of reach
Devex, 6 February 2020
ISHR’s Eleanor Openshaw highlighted that many member States of the UN NGO Committee are using the Committee and operating through political interest to keep independent organisations out by blocking their ECOSOC accreditation. Read the full story here.

Le Tour d’Arabie Saoudite, nouvelle vitrine du régime
Libération, 2 février 2020
Phil Lynch, directeur d’ISHR, a dénoncé l’organisation du tour cycliste d’Arabie saoudite comme un moyen de « détourner l’attention de l’assassinat de [Jamal] Khashoggi […] et de la détention de la militante des droits des femmes Loujain al-Hathloul, kidnappée et emprisonnée en mars [2018]». Lire l’article ici.

The Trump administration’s new “birth tourism” policy, explained
Vox, 20 January 2020
As the US administration adopted a policy seeking to deny visas to people they suspect are coming to the country to give birth, ISHR highlighted that it was not the first time that the administration adopted such harmful policies against women. For instance, last year, more than 40 women were denied visas to attend the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women conference in New York. Read the full story here. 

Australia urged to stop selling weapons to countries accused of war crimes
The Guardian, 15 January 2020
After it was revealed that the Australian government had approved the export of weapons to the Democratic Republic of Congo four times in 2018-19, ISHR underlined that the country and its companies have a duty to protect human rights and therefore should not be arming authoritarian regimes. Read the full story here. 

Letter: UN’s human rights work was never more critical
Financial Times, 12 December 2019
ISHR’s Madeleine Sinclair responded to Andrew Gilmour’s opinion piece on the ongoing onslaught of attacks against human rights, by highlighting that these attacks were not incidental. Read the full story here. (Full PDF version here)

22 人權組織發公開信 促聯合國譴責港府侵犯集會言論自由及警暴
Stand News 立場新聞,2019年11月25日
>國際人權服務社加入人權組織的聯合公開信促聯合國譴責港府侵犯集會言論自由及警暴。請點此以閲讀全文章。

Droits de l’homme : vers une loi pour protéger les défenseurs du secteur
Journal de Brazza, 25 novembre 2019
Au terme d’un atelier sur la protection juridique des défenseur.es des droits humains de la République du Congo, organisé par ISHR du 20 au 21 novembre à Brazzaville, a été évoquée la nécessité pour le pays de se conformer à la Déclaration des Nations unies de 1998 sur les défenseurs des droits de l’Homme, en élaborant et promulguant une loi pour les protéger. Lire l’article en entier ici

维吾尔人指北京监控 中美再因新疆议题过招
Deutsche Welle (Chinese) 德国之声(中文网),2019年11月15日
12名联合国专家致函中国政府对新疆的所谓《反恐模式》提出忧虑,国际人权服务社的亚洲部专员Raphael Viana David 对此反应告诉德国之声,他认为联合国专家的表态不仅全面驳斥了中国“反恐模式”的核心理念,也与联合国大会近期对新疆议题采取更强硬外交手段的作法相呼应。他说:《有鉴于中国近期不断在海外推广他们的‘反恐模式’,我认为联合国专家这次的表态十分重要,因为它在根本上驳斥中国‘反恐模式’的核心理念,也同时呼应联合国大会目前在新疆议题上采取更强硬的外交手段》请点此以阅读全文章。

‘Professional cycling becoming associated with repression’: Human rights group condemns new race in Saudi Arabia
Cycling Weekly, 1 November 2019
ISHR’s Phil Lynch has expressed dismay at the decision made by the Tour de France’s organisers to launch a new stage race in Saudi Arabia in 2020. Read the full story here.

江天勇获释后续遭软禁妻批中国法律是“废纸”
Deutsche Welle (Chinese) 德国之声(中文网),2019年10月25日
国际人权服务社的亚洲部专员Raphael Viana David关于对江天勇的镇压向德国之声表示中国过去几年逐渐开始将刑满获释的人从监狱转移至居所软禁,而他认为中国政府很可能会以相同作法来对待接下来陆续获释的维权律师。他说:《国际社会常常将焦点放在正在受虐的维权人士上,而遗忘了那些获释后仍被软禁于家中,人身自由受到限制的维权人士。江天勇的案例显示中国政府如何运用各种法律名义来持续打压已刑满获释的维权律师》。他还指出维权律师在中国维权运动中扮演极为重要的角色,因为律师将各个不同领域的维权团体串连起来,而中国政府打压维权律师,也是为了要能够斩断这些团体之间的链接性,并防止中国的维权运动未来继续扩大。他告诉德国之声:《打压维权律师不仅能弱化中国维权运动整体的影响力,也能防止他们未来的规模持续扩大。》请点此以阅读全文章。

Le Venezuela entre au Conseil des droits de l’homme de l’ONU
Le Monde, 18 octobre 2019
“Un coup de poing en plein visage pour les défenseurs du Venezuela” 
c’est ainsi qu’Eleanor Openshaw, co-directrice du bureau d’ISHR à New York, a qualifié l’élection du Venezuela au Conseil des droits de l’Homme. “Ils doivent se demander si la communauté internationale est réellement impliquée pour la promotion des droits au Venezuela” , a t-elle ajouté. Lire l’article en entier ici

Costa Rica Bids for the United Nations Human Rights Council
Journal of diplomacy, 12 October 2019
ISHR’s Eleanor Openshaw welcomed Costa Rica’s candidacy to the Human Rights Council as the other two candidates for Latin America so far were Venezuela and Brazil, and given the dire situation of Venezuela’s human rights record in the 2019 OHCHR report on Venezuela.  Read the full story here.

Dear U.S.: Appointing a torture supporter to lead human rights policy is a horrifying idea
The Beachwood Reporter, 11 October 2019
ISHR signed an NGO letter sent by the global SOS-Torture Network of the World Organization Against Torture, urging U.S. senators to reject Marshall Billingslea’s confirmation as leader of the human rights policy of the United States, despite him having openly advocated for the use of torture Read the full story here.

Flight from Manus
The ABC, 30 September 2019
Testimony fom Abdul Aziz Muhamat, 2019 laureate of the Martin Ennals Awards which ISHR is a jury member of.​ Read the full story here.

«Berne aussi doit appeler Riyad à libérer Loujain»
Tribune de Genève, 27 septembre 2019
Invitée par ISHR à Genève, Lina al-Hathloul a appelé la communauté internationale à faire pression sur l’Arabie saoudite pour qu’elle relâche sa soeur Loujain Al-Hathloul, défenseure des droits des femmes emprisonnée depuis mai 2018. Lire l’article ici dans sa version réservée aux abonné.es, et en intégralité ici. 

À l’ONU, la France muette sur les droits de l’homme en Arabie saoudite
Middle East Eye, 27 septembre 2019
Le 23 septembre, plusieurs pays ont  signé une déclaration cointointe au Conseil des droits de l’Homme, dénonçant les violations des droits humains en Arabie saoudite. La plupart des grands pays européens l’ont signée, mais pas la France.​ Une situation que Salma Eé Hosseiny d’ISHR a publiquement déplorée. Lire l’article en entier ici.

China Wants the World to Stay Silent on Muslim Camps. It’s Succeeding.
New York Times, 25 September 2019
China was doing its best to limit backing at the Human Rights Council for an inspection of Xinjiang by the High Commissioner for human rights, ISHR shared a recording where a Chinese advocate expressed the following: “If you’re really serious about a fact-finding mission, please go check the southern border, Guantánamo, the Mediterranean to see if there have been fact-finding missions”.  Read the full story here.   请点此以阅读纽约时报文章的中文版。

Experts raise human rights violations by China
Devdiscourse, 18 September 2019
At a side event entitled “Rule is Law” or “Rule by Law” – Criminalisation of Dissent in China organised by ISHR organised on the margins of the Human Rights Counncil’s 42nd session, experts denounced China’s use of stringent laws, not to ensure justice but to maintain state power.​ Read the full story here.

Armenian Rep. Attends UN Amnesty International Event
The Armenian Mirror Spectator, 12 September 2019
On September 6, Armenia participated in an event organised by Amnesty International and ISHR where it presented what its priorities and commitments would be should the country be elected to the Human Rights Council. Read the full story here.

Int’l Day of the Disappeared: China must put a halt to secret detention and all forms of enforced disappearances​
Hong Kong Free Press, 30 August 2019
In a report presented at the September session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, the Working Group on Enforced Disappearances highlighted that from February to May alone, it had responded to 20 new cases of enforced disappearances in China. Recently, the group had had sent other forms of communications to the Chinese government, including a joint letter last August on the use of Residential Surveillance at a Designated Location (RSDL), following a submission from Safeguard Defenders, along with the International Service for Human RightsNetwork for Chinese Human Rights Defenders, and the Rights Practice.​ Read the full story here.

Quand la Chine fait disparaître
Le Courrier, 30 août 2019

A l’occasion de la Journée internationale des victimes de disparition forcée (30 août), ISHR, en partenariat avec Safeguard Defenders, le Congrès Ouïghour mondial, the Tibet Network et China Human Rights Lawyers Concern Group, a lancé la campagne #StopDisappearances pour attirer l’attention du public et des autorités sur les disparitions forcées en Chine.Lire l’article ici. (version intégrale PDF ici

外交政策再现「战狼化」 华要求联国成员勿接触世维会主席
Radio Free Asia (RFA) 自由亚洲电台,2019年8月28日
国际人权服务社与一些机构协商如何应对对于维吾尔族活动人士的照会信。请点此以阅读全文章。

德语媒体:37对22,中国再下一局
Deutsche Welle (Chinese) 德国之声 (中文网),2019年7月18日
有关25个国家致函联合国人权理事会对新疆再教育营表示严重关切,国际人权服务社的人权理事会事务负责人 Michael Ineichen 表示:《给理事会主席写这样的信有些不同寻常,尤其是信出自一群国家之手。’这是一种处理谁来领头这一敏感问题的颇有创意的做法》。他说,在人权理事会发表声明,需要有一个国家正式提交并在会议上宣读,越来越多的国家不愿在涉及中国的问题上挑这个头,因为他们担心会受到北京的惩罚。 请点此以阅读全文章。

How Nigeria uses the law to repress free speech: The case of journalist Jones Abiri
Global Voices, 17 July 2019
ISHR denounced Nigeria’s Terrorism Act as a ‘criminalization of dissent’ because the government can stamp on free speech by labelling it ‘hate speech, anti-government and anti-security information.’ Read the full story here. 

“Peking macht alles richtig”
Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 17 Juli 2019
Nachdem 22 Länder in einem Brief Chinas Politik in Xinjiang kritisiert haben, loben 37 andere Staaten Pekings Politik. Was bedeutet der ungewöhnliche Briefwechsel im Uno-Menschenrechtsrat? Weiterlesen.

BTS Sparks Outrage After Announcing Concert in Saudi Arabia
Next Shark, 16 July 2019
Earlier this year, 36 out of 47 nations in the UN Human Rights Council rebuked Saudi Arabia for its aggressive crackdown on free expression, including every member of the European Union.  ‘It sends a strong signal that Saudi Arabia is not untouchable, and that council members should be held to a higher level of scrutiny’ ISHR said. Read the full story here. 

China rebuked by 22 nations over Xinjiang repression
Times of Oman, 11 July 2019
In an unprecedented move, a cross-regional group of 22 States sent a letter to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and the President of the Human Rights Council, expressing concern over widespread surveillance, restrictions to freedom of religion and movement, and large-scale arbitrary detention of the Uyghurs and other minorities in Xinjiang. ISHR welcomed the letter saying ‘it is significant and positive that 22 States have joined together to express concern about the widespread arbitrary detention, as well as the systematic racial and religious discrimination, against Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslims and minorities in Xinjiang.’. Read the full story here. 

Situation Still Dire for Rights Lawyers Four Years On
China Digital Times, 11 July 2019
China Human Rights Lawyers Concern Group, Chinese Human Rights Defenders, and ISHR have recently submitted a joint analysis to U.N. human rights experts condemning legislative measures used to restrict the rights of lawyers in China. Read the full story here. 

«Les universités sont sous attaque au Venezuela»
Tribune de Genève, 4 juillet 2019
A l’occasion de sa venue à Genève pour une formation organisée par ISHR à l’attention de défenseur.es des droits humains (HRDAP), Ricardo Villalobos, professeur d’université au Venezuela, a pu s’entretenir avec La Tribune de Genève pour décrire les violations de droits humains dont sont victimes les universitaires dans le pays.  Lire l’article ici. 

«Les universités sont sous attaque au Venezuela»
24 Heures.ch, 4 juillet 2019
A l’occasion de sa venue à Genève pour une formation organisée par ISHR à l’attention de défenseur.es des droits humains (HRDAP), Ricardo Villalobos, professeur d’université au Vénézuela, a pu s’entretenir avec La Tribune de Genève pour décrire les violations de droits humains dont sont victimes les universitaires dans le pays.  Lire l’article ici. 

Xinjiang vice-governor defends centres for Uighurs at U.N. rights forum
Macau News Agency, 26 June 2019
Despite China’s claims that its state-run detention camps are vocational centres, ISHR’s Sarah Brooks made it clear that ‘what is happening in Xinjiang is the wholesale destruction of a minority people and a culture, from the razing of religious sites to the separation of families, incentives for intermarriage, and the imprisonment of more than 350 academics and intellectuals.’ Read the full story here.

Chinese official tells UN that Uighur camps are needed to combat ‘sinister preachings’
Thomson Reuters, 25 June 2019
Despite China’s claims that its state-run detention camps are vocational centres, ISHR’s Sarah Brooks made it clear that ‘what is happening in Xinjiang is the wholesale destruction of a minority people and a culture, from the razing of religious sites to the separation of families, incentives for intermarriage, and the imprisonment of more than 350 academics and intellectuals.’ Read the full story here.

Xinjiang vice-governor defends centers for Uighurs at U.N. rights forum
Reuters, 25 June 2019
Despite China’s claims that its state-run detention camps are vocational centres, ISHR’s Sarah Brooks made it clear that ‘what is happening in Xinjiang is the wholesale destruction of a minority people and a culture, from the razing of religious sites to the separation of families, incentives for intermarriage, and the imprisonment of more than 350 academics and intellectuals.’ Read the full story here.

Senior UN counter terrorism official to visit China’s Xinjiang region
Global Village Space, 14 June 2019
ISHR expressed concern at UN counterterrorism official visiting Xinjiang, and stated that if a UN-designated team must visit Xinjiang and “pretend it is about counter-terrorism”, the delegation must include “experts” from the UN Office on Genocide Prevention and the Responsibility to Protect. Read the full story here.

Swiss women strike nationwide for parity
Arête News, 14 June 2019
ISHR participated in the national Swiss Women’s strike that took place on 14 June 2019. Read the full story here.

House OKs bill protecting human rights defenders
Inquirer.net, 3 June 2019
The Philippines’ House of Representatives has unanimously approved on third and final reading a bill seeking to prevent human rights violations and abuses perpetrated against human rights defenders. The bill was explicitly based on the UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders and the Model National Law on the Recognition and Protection of Human Rights Defenders drafted by ISHR. Read the full story here.

Human rights defenders hold policy dialogue
Fritong Post, 31 May 2019
The Human Rights Defenders Network – Sierra Leone in collaboration with ISHR with support from Amnesty International organised a one-day policy dialogue on the protection of human rights defenders in the country. The purpose of the dialogue was to discuss the way forward for the implementation of a law that would guarantee the rights and freedoms of human rights defenders in Sierra Leone. Read the full story here.

Il y a un an, la foudre tombait sur les activistes féministes de Riyad
Tribune de Genève, 14 May 2019
Article d’opinion d’ISHR visant à attirer l’attention sur le 1er anniversaire de la vague d’arrestations ayant ciblé les militant.es féministes en Arabie saoudite. Lire l’article ici.

Martin Ennals Award Finalist Eren Keskin honoured
Scoop World, 11 May 2019
A ceremony was held in Turkey for Eren Keskin who is one of the finalists for the 2019 Martin Ennals Award. Ms Keskin continues to be subject to a travel ban imposed by the Turkish authorities, and so was unable to attend the award ceremony held on 13 February 2019 in Geneva. Read the full story here.

Population Control by Duterte
International Policy Digest, 11 May 2019
ISHR denounced the use by Philippines’s president Duterte of the ‘war on drugs’ as a justification to kill  tens of thousands of citizens for their alleged involvement in drug activities. ‘This is particularly concerning for indigenous land and environmental defenders who are the most frequent victims – in 2015 alone there have been 25 recorded killings, with most victims belonging to indigenous communities.’  Read the full story here.

‘Palace of Terror’: Young woman’s kidnapped sister is being ‘beaten black and blue’ in captivity
NZ Herald, 28 April 2019
In March, 36 States including all EU Member States, called for the release of women’s rights activists in Saudi Arabia, among which Loujain Al-Hathloul, Aziza Al-Yousef, Eman Al-Nafjan, Nouf Abdelaziz, Hatoon Al-Fassi, Samar Badawi, Nassima Al-Sadah, Mohammed Al-Bajadi, Amal Al-Harbi and Shadan Al-Anezi. ‘These women human rights defenders are detained only because they fought for their right to exist equally as men, in their country,’ ISHR’s  Salma El Hosseiny said. Read the full story here.

Rights Groups Urge Google Not to Bend to China Censors
Osburn Oracle 27 April 2019
ISHR co-signed a letter urging Google to abandon any plans to craft a censored version of its search engine that could pass muster with regulators in China. Read the full story here.

NGOs Blast US for Undermining Criminal Court
Inter Press Service, 8 April 2019
ISHR and several other human rights organisations have protested against the US decision to revoke the visa of Fatou Bensouda, Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court. Read the full story here.

NGOs Blast US for Undermining Criminal Court
Radio Free Asia, 5 April 2019
ISHR co-signed an NGO letter denouncing the EU-China human rights dialogue  as ‘a weak diplomatic tool’ since ‘Chinese authorities consistently fail to demonstrate concrete progress on human rights issues raised by the EU.’ Read the full story here.

China acknowledges Latin American human rights pleas
Dialogo Chino, 29 March 2019
ISHR highlighted that despite accepting many UPR recommendations, in all China rejected around 20%, having deemed them ‘politicised’ and claimed some of the stronger recommendations are ‘already implemented.’ Read the full story here.

U.S. Threats Against International Criminal Court Under Fire
IDN InDepthNews, 24 March 2019
ISHR and several human rights NGOs have protested against the threat made by the US to penalise and impose economic sanctions against judges of the International Criminal Court – if they bring charges of war crimes against American troops in Afghanistan. Read the full story here.

U.N. experts rebuke U.S. ‘threats’, visa ban on ICC investigators
Reuters, 22 March 2019
ISHR and other several other human rights NGOs welcomed the condemnation made by Diego Garcia-Sayan, UN Special rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, and Michel Forst, UN Special rapporteur on human rights defenders, following US visa restrictions on ICC personnel.  Read the full story here.

U.N. Experts Rebuke U.S. ‘Threats’, Visa Ban on ICC Investigators
U.S News, 22 March 2019
After UN human rights experts called on the US to stop its ‘threats’ and visa bans against the International Criminal Court (ICC), ISHR and other NGOs recalled that these visa restrictions could also ‘have a chilling effect on ICC personnel (and) will set a dangerous precedent with serious implications on the overall fight for impunity.’  Read the full story here.

US denied visas to women trying to participate in UN women’s conference: report
The Hill, 21 March 2019
ISHR reported that at least 41 women  have been denied visas from the US to attend the UN Committee on the Status of Women’s session. Read the full story here.

The US Denied Visas To Women From Africa And The Middle East Hoping To Attend The UN’s Women Conference
Buzzfeed, 20 March 2019
ISHR reported that at least 41 women  have been denied visas from the US to attend the UN Committee on the Status of Women’s session and that this figure is said to be only ‘the tip of the iceberg’ and likely to increase. Read the full story here.

UN Human Rights Council: an answer to burning injustice?
Swissinfo, 19 March 2019
ISHR commented upon the first ever Human Rights Council’s statement on Saudi Arabia under the following terms: ‘Committed individuals and coalitions, prepared to put principle above political expediency, can successfully challenge authoritarianism and prejudice. And we will ultimately prevail. Success may not come immediately. There will be challenges and setbacks. But progress is achieved, and history is made by those who value justice, equality and freedom over discrimination, fear and oppression.’Read the full story here.

China defends Xinjiang centers for Muslims, but aims to ‘downsize’
Reuters, 15 March 2019
ISHR denounced China’s claims that recommendations on basic freedoms have been accepted and already implemented as ‘insidious.’ Read the full story here.

Campuses not camps: China defends Xinjiang policies at UN
Mail Online, 15 March 2019
While China flatly rejected criticism of mass detainment of Muslim minorities in Xinjiang region during its UPR, ISHR pointed that the numerous pro-China NGOs speaking at the event was ‘yet again an example of the investment they will make to buy silence and cover of abuse.’ Read the full story here.

Experts Renew Call for Probe Into Death of Cao Shunli
China Digital Times, 15 March 2019
Following ISHR and other human rights NGOs’ recommendations, the Human Rights Council’s 40th session commemorated the 5th anniversary of Chinese human rights defender Cao Shunli’s death in custody, with a moment of silence held prior to China’s UPR examination. Read the full story here.

China tells U.S. to address ‘shocking gender discrimination’ and ‘immigration tragedy’ after Trump administration criticizes human rights abuses
Newsweek, 14 March 2019
‘The deterioration in human rights in the country is a long-standing concern, but this is a tipping point. No country in the world should be able to get away with arbitrarily detaining a million of its own people,’ ISHR said in a February statement about China. Read the full story here.

Today More Than Ever, Women’s Rights Movements Need Our Support
Huffington Post UK, 8 March 2019
ISHR’s joint statement to the Human Rights Council highlighting the State’s duty to protect women human rights defenders was echoed by Womankind Worldwide in the press on International Women’s Day. Read the full story here.

Refus suisse de signer une déclaration exhortant Riyad à libérer des activistes saoudiennes
Le Temps, 8 mars 2019
ISHR a jugé incompréhensible le refus de la Suisse de signer la déclaration faite par l’Islande auprps du Conseil des droits de l’Homme et co-signé par 36 Etats, appelant à la libération des femmes défenseures des droits humains en Arabie saoudite.  Lire l’article ici.

Aust, EU rebuke Saudis at UN rights forum
Cobram Courier, 8 March 2019
Three dozen countries, including all 28 EU members, called on Saudi Arabia on Thursday to release 10 activists and co-operate with a UN-led investigation into the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at its Istanbul consulate. The countries called for the release of Loujain al-Hathloul, Eman al-Nafjan, Aziza al-Yousef, Nassima al-Sadah, Samar Badawi, Nouf Abdelaziz, Hatoon al-Fassi, Mohammed al-Bajadi, Amal al-Harbi and Shadan al-Anezi. UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet called on Saudi Arabia on Wednesday to release women activists allegedly tortured in detention after authorities accused them of harming the country’s interests.  ‘These women human rights defenders are detained only because they fought for their right to exist equally as men, in their country.’  Read the full story here.

Saudi Arabia Rebuked for First Time by Fellow Members of U.N. Rights Council
New York Times, 7 March 2019
In a landmark joint statement at the Human Rights Council, 36 countries rebuked Saudi Arabia for its aggressive crackdown on free expression on Thursday in the United Nations’ top human rights body. This ‘sends a strong signal that Saudi Arabia is not untouchable, and that council members should be held to a higher level of scrutiny,’ said ISHR.  Read the full story here.

Canada, Europe, Australia issue 1st rebuke of Saudi Arabia at UN rights forum
CBC, 7 March 2019
Three dozen countries, including all 28 EU members, called on Saudi Arabia on Thursday to release 10 activists and co-operate with a UN-led investigation into the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at its Istanbul consulate. The countries called for the release of Loujain al-Hathloul, Eman al-Nafjan, Aziza al-Yousef, Nassima al-Sadah, Samar Badawi, Nouf Abdelaziz, Hatoon al-Fassi, Mohammed al-Bajadi, Amal al-Harbi and Shadan al-Anezi. UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet called on Saudi Arabia on Wednesday to release women activists allegedly tortured in detention after authorities accused them of harming the country’s interests.  ‘These women human rights defenders are detained only because they fought for their right to exist equally as men, in their country.’  Read the full story here.

Saudi Arabia rebuked at UN rights forum over jailings and Khashoggi probe
Business Day, 7 March 2019
Three dozen countries, including all 28 EU members, called on Saudi Arabia on Thursday to release 10 activists and co-operate with a UN-led investigation into the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at its Istanbul consulate. The countries called for the release of Loujain al-Hathloul, Eman al-Nafjan, Aziza al-Yousef, Nassima al-Sadah, Samar Badawi, Nouf Abdelaziz, Hatoon al-Fassi, Mohammed al-Bajadi, Amal al-Harbi and Shadan al-Anezi. UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet called on Saudi Arabia on Wednesday to release women activists allegedly tortured in detention after authorities accused them of harming the country’s interests.  ‘These women human rights defenders are detained only because they fought for their right to exist equally as men, in their country’ said ISHR.  Read the full story here.

Bachelet presses China for U.N. access to Xinjiang’s Uighurs
Reuters, 6 March 2019
ISHR denounced the ‘brutal and surgical suppression of fundamental freedoms of Uighurs and other ethnic minorities’ by China, and called for a  ‘heightened response’ to it.  Read the full story here.

U.N. Rights Chief, Denouncing ‘Gross Inequalities,’ Jabs at China and Israel
New York Times, 6 March 2019
The United Nations human rights chief Michelle Bachelet mentioned potential rights violations in China and Israel in an address on Wednesday that condemned a litany of ‘gross inequalities’ at play across the world. To which ISHR ssaid ‘firm rebuke from the Chinese delegation’ should be expected. ‘The High Commissioner should be prepared to stand her ground on these demands.’ Read the full story here.

Egypt: UN – Don’t Let Egypt Undermine Expert’s Role
All Africa, 5 March 2019
ISHR, along with 8 other human rights organisations, has signed a joint letter asking the Human Rights Council to ensure that Egypt is not allowed to seize a leading role in relation to the mandate of the United Nations’ expert on human rights and counter-terrorism. Read the full story here.

Montagne d’or: Des sanctions internationales contre la France sont possibles
Terra Darwin, 14 février 2019
ISHR a rappelé que si la France ne répond pas au courrier que lui a adressé le CERD sur le projet Montagne d’Or en Guyane, l’ONU pourrait prendr eun certain nombre de mesures à son encontre. “Dans les cas les plus sérieux, le Comité a la possibilité de condamner le projet et de le faire par voie de presse (…) Ça peut avoir potentiellement des répercussions importantes notamment au niveau du Conseil des droits de l’homme…”  Lire l’article ici.

Asile piétiné à Manus
Le Courrier, 14 février 2019
A l’occasion de la remise du Prix Martin Ennals à Abdul Aziz Muhamat, militant pour les droits des demandeurs/ses d’asile en Australie, ISHR a dénoncé le traitement dans les camps de Manus et Nauru comme étant « un système qui vise à dissuader quiconque de venir en Australie par bateau pour y chercher protection. Il y parvient en créant des conditions qui sont pires, dans bien des cas, que la peur et la persécution auxquelles les demandeurs d’asile sont confrontés dans leurs pays.» Lire l’article ici

Australia refugee centre detainee wins top human rights award
BBC, 14 February 2019
ISHR, a Jury member at the Martin Ennals award for human rights defenders, said the decision to honour Mr Muhamat, an asylum-seekers’ rights defender was ‘significant’. We hope it will put pressure on Australia to halt the practice of offshore detention. Read the full story here.

Abdul Aziz Muhamat Selected as 2019 Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders Laureate 
Human Rights First, 13 February 2019
The Martin Ennals Award Jury, which ISHR is a member of,  today gave its 2019 Award for Human Rights Defenders to Abdul Aziz Muhamat, the Sudanese refugee advocate being held in detention on Manus Island Papua New Guinea. The award is given to human rights defenders who show deep commitment to their work at great personal risk and provides protection to the winner through increased international recognition. Read the full story here.

Refugee held at Australia’s offshore site wins rights prize
Journal du Cameroun, 13 February 2019
ISHR, a Jury member at the Martin Ennals award for human rights defenders, said the decision to honour Mr Muhamat, an asylum-seekers’ rights defender was ‘significant’. We hope it will put pressure on Australia to halt the practice of offshore detention. Read the full story here.

Australia to reopen Christmas Island detention centre after defeat on refugee policy
Cyprus Mail, 13 February 2019
ISHR welcomed the new Australian law that now gives doctors the right to transfer some 1,000 men and women from two Pacific detention centres if they need medical treatment. Yet ISHR also highlighted that Australia’s system has ‘deliberately dehumanised’ refugees and asylum seekers for decades. Read the full story here.

Australia to reopen Christmas Island detention centre after defeat on refugee policy
Reuters, 13 February 2019
ISHR welcomed the new Australian law that now gives doctors the right to transfer some 1,000 men and women from two Pacific detention centres if they need medical treatment. Yet ISHR also highlighted that Australia’s system has ‘deliberately dehumanised’ refugees and asylum seekers for decades. Read the full story here.

Turkey Calls On China To Close Camps For Muslims
Reuters, 4 February 2019
‘The deterioration in human rights in the country is a long-standing concern, but this is a tipping point. No country in the world should be able to get away with arbitrarily detaining a million of its own people,’ said ISHR in a call urging European and Muslim nations to take the lead in establishing a UN investigation into China’s detention and ‘forced indoctrination’ of Uighurs. Read the full story here.

Rights campaigners seek U.N. probe on China’s Xinjiang camps
Reuters, 4 February 2019
ISHR, along with other human rights NGOs, called on the Human Rights Council to send an international fact-finding mission to Xinjiang, saying this would be ‘a test of the credibility of the Human Rights Council.’ Read the full story here.

Rights Groups Seek U.N. Inquiry Into China’s Mass Detention of Muslims
New York Times, 4 February 2019
ISHR participated in a press conference calling on the the UN to open an investigation into China’s mass detention of Muslims in the western region of Xinjiang. Read the full story here.

Why businesses are nothing without strong human rights
The European Sting, 17 January 2019
ISHR co-wrote an article recalling that civil society and business share the same space, and therefore should share an interest in defending what unites them‏. Read the full story here.

Mine de Montagne d’or : l’ONU épingle la France
Les Echos, 11 janvier 2019
A la suite d’une plainte déposée par l’ONAG, soutenue par ISHR, le comité pour l’élimination de la discrimination raciale a publié une lettre dans laquelle il s’inquiète pour les droits des populations autochtones menacées par le projet Montagne d’or.‏ Lire l’article ici.

Montagne d’or en Guyane : l’ONU « somme » la France d’écouter les populations autochtones
Le Monde, 11 janvier 2019
ISHR a salué le comnuniqué publié par le comité pour l’élimination de la discrimination raciale demandant à la France de prendre en compte l’opposition des peuples autochtones à ce projet de gigantesque mine d’or.‏ Lire l’article ici (version PDF intégrale ici) .

Guyane : l’ONU « somme » la France d’écouter les populations autochtones
Blogs Mediapart, 11 janvier 2019
ISHR a salué le comnuniqué publié par le comité pour l’élimination de la discrimination raciale demandant à la France de prendre en compte l’opposition des peuples autochtones à ce projet de gigantesque mine d’or.‏ Lire l’article ici

L’ONU s’inquiète du projet «Montagne d’or» en Guyane française
Le Figaro, 11 janvier 2019
ISHR a diffusé une la lettre adressée par le comité pour l’élimination de la discrimination raciale à la France,  dans laquelle il s’inquiète pour les droits des populations autochtones menacées par le projet Montagne d’or.‏ Lire l’article ici.

Montagne d’Or : un comité de l’ONU oublie le débat public organisé en Guyane
France Info, 11 janvier 2019
ISHR a diffusé une la lettre adressée par le comité pour l’élimination de la discrimination raciale à la France,  dans laquelle il s’inquiète pour les droits des populations autochtones menacées par le projet Montagne d’or.‏ Lire l’article ici.

Montagne d’or: inquiétude de l’ONU vis-à-vis du projet minier
La Première, 11 janvier 2019
Dans une lettre datée du 14 décembre, rendue publique par ISHR, et adressée à la mission française à l’ONU Genève, le comité exprime son inquiétude après avoir reçu des informations faisant état du “manque de consultation ainsi que de l’absence de consentement préalable, libre et informé des populations indigènes de Guyane française concernant le projet minier Montagne d’or”.‏ Lire l’article ici.

«Montagne d’or»: Le projet minier en Guyane inquiète l’ONU
20 Minutes.fr, 11 janvier 2019
A la suite d’une plainte déposée par l’ONAG, soutenue par ISHR, le comité pour l’élimination de la discrimination raciale a publié une lettre dans laquelle il s’inquiète pour les droits des populations autochtones menacées par le projet Montagne d’or.‏ Lire l’article ici.

Montagne d’or en Guyane : l’ONU met en garde la France
Capital, 11 janvier 2019
A la suite d’une plainte déposée par l’ONAG, soutenue par ISHR, le comité pour l’élimination de la discrimination raciale a publié une lettre dans laquelle il s’inquiète pour les droits des populations autochtones menacées par le projet Montagne d’or.‏ Lire l’article ici.

China thinks it can arbitrarily detain anyone. It is time for change
The Guardian, 4 January 2019
In response to a a submission sent by ISHR and other human rights organisations,  experts from the Human Rights Council noted that residential surveillance at a designated location in China exposes its victims to torture and that exceptions in the law make it tantamount to an enforced disappearance, grave crimes under international law.‏ Read the full story here.

UN urged to act on Egypt’s reprisals against citizens who met rapporteur
Middle East Eye, 12 December 2018
ISHR co-signed an NGO statement criticising the Egyptian government for restricting the work of UN Special Rapporteur on adequate housing Leilani Farha, who has recently condemned “reprisals” against people she met during her official country visit to Egypt in September and October.‏ Read the full story here.

Amid soaring violence, efforts to reinvigorate ‘toothless’ U.N. agreement on rights activists
Thomson Reuters Foundation News, 9 December 2018
ISHR drew attention to the need for more countries to adopt laws protecting human rights defenders.‏ Read the full story here.

Human Rights Defender Henri Tiphagne Selected to Win Civil Liberties Award
The Wire, 23 November 2018
Henri Tiphagne, a human rights defender whom ISHR interviewed in 2014, has been selected under the individuals category for the Nani A. Palkhiwala Award for Civil Liberties this year.‏ Read the full story here.

Une militante saoudienne risque la décapitation
Tribune de Genève, 20 November 2018
ISHR a exprimé sa profonde préoccupation quant à la possible exécution d’Israa Al-Ghomgham, qui pourrait devenir la première femme défenseure des droits humains condamnée à mort en Arabie saoudite. Lire l’article ici.

Missing NGO documents at China UN human rights review raise eyebrows
Radio Free Asia, 6 November 2018
Human rights experts at the United Nations began examining the ruling Chinese Communist Party’s rights record on Tuesday, amid protests over “disappeared” submissions from civic groups that the U.N. body later restored with an apology. Read the full story here. Corrigendum: ISHR’s submission was not missing. 

RSF and NGOs urge China to free ailing journalist held for past two years
The Tibet Post, 5 November 2018
ISHR co-signed a joint NGO letter led by Reporters Without Borders demanding the immediate release of Huang Qi, a Chinese journalist and human rights activist who is very ill and could die in detention. Read the full story here.

Riyad, champion de la répression
Le Courrier, 5 November 2018
ISHR a dénoncé la répression systématique de la liberté d’expression en Arabie Saoudite, la répression féroce visant les défenseur.es des droits humains, et notamment la menace d’exécution pesant sur Israa Al-Ghomgham. Lire l’article ici (version PDF ici). 

Bochra Bel Haj Hmida parmi les 150 personnalités participant au Sommet mondial des défenseurs des droits humains 2018
Huffington post Maghreb, 26 October 2018
ISHR a co-organisé le Sommet mondial des défenseurs des droits humains 2018, en collaboration avec Amnesty international, la Fédération internationale des droits de l’Homme (FIDH), l’Association pour les droits des femmes dans le développement, Front Line Defenders, l’Organisation mondiale contre la torture, Protect Defenders et Reporters sans frontières. Lire l’article ici

Latin America demands respect for rights, but will China listen?
Dialogo Chino, 25 October  2018
While the UPR is looking at China’s impact on human rights in the world, ISHR presented a joint report with the Mekong Legal Network (MLN) which found a violation at the Las Bambas copper mine in Peru, where communities were not consulted on changes to the original project. Read the full story here.

Unfortunately, It’s All Clean Slates for the Next Human Rights Council Vote
PassBlue, 8 October  2018
To improve membership at the Human Rights Council, the ISHR and Amnesty International, with the support of sympathetic governments, host hustings in New York and Geneva for candidates to present their platforms and others to test the platforms. Unfortunately, many candidates do not participate in the hustings. Read the full story here.

Victim shaming under the spotlight as Trump forced to order FBI to probe Brett Kavanaugh
The London Economic, 29 September 2018
ISHR co-signed a letter where 90 human rights organisations working for women’s and girls’ rights expressed their concern that survivors of sexual assault would be discouraged for coming forward if their allegations are trivialised in the media. Read the full story here.

ONU: magouilles en coulisses
L’Express, 29 September 2018
ISHR a dénoncé les tractations souvent la borieuses présidant à l’élaboration des résolutions au Conseil des droits de l’Homme, ainsi que la présence de plus en plus imposante des Gongos qui prolifèrent grâce à leurs appuis politiques. Plus d’informations ici.

La représentante mapuche auprès de l’ONU obtient un sursis
Tribune de Genève, 24 September 2018
ISHR a eu le plaisir d’annoncer la suspension de la procédure de renvoi de Flor Calfunao Paillalef, représentante du peuple Mapuche à l’ONU. Plus d’informations ici.

La représentante mapuche auprès de l’ONU obtient un sursis
Siglo XXI, 23 September 2018
ISHR a eu le plaisir d’annoncer la suspension de la procédure de renvoi de Flor Calfunao Paillalef, représentante du peuple Mapuche à l’ONU. Plus d’informations ici.

L’ONU obtient la suspension du renvoi de Flor Calfunao Paillalef
Blog “Regards Croisés”, Tribune de Genève, 18 September 2018
ISHR a eu le plaisir d’annoncer la suspension de la procédure de renvoi de Flor Calfunao Paillalef, représentante du peuple Mapuche à l’ONU. Plus d’informations ici.

Répit pour Flor Calfunao
Le Courrier, 18 September 2018
ISHR a eu le plaisir d’annoncer la suspension de la procédure de renvoi de Flor Calfunao Paillalef, représentante du peuple Mapuche à l’ONU. Plus d’informations ici (télécharger la version PDF de l’article ici)

Human rights groups urge Google to drop plans for China ‘censorship engine’
Taiwan News, 30 August 2018
ISHR co-signed a letter with a dozen of other prominent human rights groups to call on  Google to drop its plans to re-enter the Chinese market, arguing such a move is akin to participating in the human rights abuse of millions of Chinese internet users. Read the full story here.

Activists Ask Google: What’s Changed Since 2010?
China Digital Times, 30 August 2018
ISHR co-signed a letter with other prominent human rights organisations and activists to ask Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai for assurances and transparency regarding the company’s plans. The letter followed leaked news that Google had been preparing search censorship mechanisms for a possible return to China. The signatories  highlighted concerns about censorship of search results and vulnerability of sensitive user data. Read the full story here.

World Leaders Opt For China’s Money Over The Rights Of 1 Million Jailed Muslims
Huffington Post, 18 August 2018
It is important for governments like those in Europe to speak out againts China policy and internment camps in Xinjiang, ISHR said. Read the full story here.

How The World Learned China Is Holding Over A Million Muslims In Internment Camps
Huffington Post, 15 August 2018
ISHR managed to get the UN firsthand information about human rights violations occuring in Xianjiang (and elsewhere). Information came directly from activists and caseworkers though ISHR made sure not to disclose names publicly to avoid putting defenders at risk. Read the full story here.

‘No Such Thing’: China Denies U.N. Reports of Uighur Detention Camps
New York Times, 13 August 2018
China’s blanket denial of accusations from UN experts that it had detained more than a million ethnic Uighur Muslims in re-education camps is keeping to “a longstanding tradition of the Chinese government to give nonanswers to deeply important questions” ISHR said. Read the full story here.

United Nations must not abandon Haiti on cholera again, human rights organizations declare
Black Star News, 16 July 2018
ISHR along with several other human rights organisations urged United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to act decisively to protect victims’ right to an effective remedy for their injuries, and keep the promises of its December 2016 ‘New Approach to Cholera’. The organisations note that they ‘are increasingly concerned that the UN is once again retreating from accountability’ 18 months after the New Approach announcement. Read the full story here.

Freedom of religion endangered by new law in Laos
Missions Box, 10 July 2018
Recently, Voice of the Martyrs has joined the ranks of others who have called for the repeal the Laotian government’s Decree on Associations that was passed in late 2017. The decree effectively abrogates the constitution’s guarantee of religious freedom by placing extraordinarily strict government restrictions on non-profit organisations, including religious groups. Read the full story here.

China, Russia fail to curb activists’ role at U.N. rights forum: campaigners
Reuters, 6 July 2018
China, Russia and Pakistan lost their bid on Friday to weaken a U.N. resolution upholding the crucial rule of activists in shedding an international spotlight on human rights violations, campaigners said. Read the full story here.

Cayetano crying ‘wolf!’ against UN Human Rights Council
Bulatlat, 29 June  2018
During the two-week intensive course for human rights defenders organised by ISHR, 13 human rights defenders working on a range of issues, learned and engaged in the UN’s rights mechanisms. Some of them raised the worsening plight of environmental defenders in the Philippines. Read the full story here.

US withdraws from UN Rights Council
Dawn, 21 June 2018
‘Even under the current administration, US diplomatic efforts have been key to ensuring that the Council maintains its focus on human rights monitoring, reporting and accountability, and resisting the idea popular among some states that any discussion on human rights in a given country somehow violates sovereignty,’ ISHR recalled. Read the full story here.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres regrets US decision to withdraw from body’s Human Rights Council
Firstpost, 21 June 2018
ISHR deplored the US withdrawal from the Human Rights Council as, while the Council is far from perfect, it makes a significant contribution to protecting human rights, providing justice to victims, and promoting accountability for perpetrators. Read the full story here.

“Would’ve ‘Much Preferred’ For US to Stay”: UN Chief Defends UNHRC
EBM News, 20 June 2018
US withdrawal from the Human Rights Council is ‘deeply regrettable’ says ISHR, as, though not perfect, the Council ‘makes a significant contribution  to protecting human rights, providing justice to victims, and promoting accountability for perpetrators.’ Read the full story here.

UN Chief backs UNHRC, says would have preferred US to remain in
DevDiscourse, 20 June 2018
ISHR deplored the US withdrawal from the Human Rights Council as, while the Council is far from perfect, it makes a significant contribution to protecting human rights, providing justice to victims, and promoting accountability for perpetrators. Read the full story here.

US withdraws from UN Human Rights Council
Sri Lanka Guardian, 20 June 2018
While acknowledging that the US withdrawal from the Human Rights Council hardly comes as a surprise, ISHR stressed that it needs to be understood as part and parcel of a significant and worrying regression on human rights generally, in the US and the world. Read the full story here.

“Would’ve ‘Much Preferred’ For US to Stay”: UN Chief Defends UNHRC
The Quint, 20 June 2018
ISHR  termed the US withdrawal from the Human Rights Council as “deeply regrettable”. Read the full story here.

Why the US left the UN Human Rights Council – and why it matters
The Conversation, 20 June 2018
Along with several other NGOs, ISHR strongly opposed a draft resolution proposed by the US on reforms for the Human Rights Council. The NGOs Those NGOs wrote to 60 states set out concerns that opening a formal reform process would likely backfire, with States hostile to human rights using that process to undermine rather than strengthen the Human Rights Council. . Read the full story here.

At the U.N., China and Russia Score Win in War on Human Rights
Foreign Policy, 26 March 2018
ISHR and Amnesty International wrote a letter to UN Secretary General Antonio Gutteres asking him to reconsider the decision to dismantle a key cell within his office charged with ensuring that the international body’s sprawling political and humanitarian agencies promote human rights. Read the full story here.

Politicized UN committee using ‘repeated and arbitrary deferrals’ to block NGOs, critics say
CBC News, 21 January 2018
ISHR along with other NGOs and voices within the United Nations are calling for the reform of the committee tasked with accrediting non-governmental organisations, saying it has become a political tool to block rather than bolster their participation. Read the full story here.

Protection des défenseurs des droits humains: le rôle des Institutions Nationales des Droits de l’Homme au cœur d’un atelier
Zere Infos, December 21, 2017
ISHR, along with the Coalition Ivoirienne des Défenseurs des Droits Humains (CIDDH) and Côte d’Ivoire’s national human rights commission, co-organised a regional consultation on legal protection of defenders in Africa. The consultation was held on 19 and 20 October and hailed Côte d’Ivoire for taking the lead in this by being the first country to adopt a national law protecting defenders.  Read the full story (in French) here.

Egyptian legal scholar wins top rights prize
The Sun Daily, October 11, 2017
Awarding Mohamed Zaree with the prestigious Martin Ennals prize was not only  a way to celebrate his achievements, but also a ‘collective condemnation … of the Egyptian authorities’ approach to human rights,’ said ISHR who was a member of the Jury.  Read the full story here.

Egyptian Activist Receives a Top Human Rights Award
New York Times, October 10, 2017
ISHR was honoured to be once again member of the Martin Ennals Jury who awards prominent human rights defenders from across the globe. This year’s laureate is Egyptian lawyer and activist Mohamed Zaree, country director of the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies who was awarded for his contribution to promoting human rights amid the government’s escalating harassment and intimidation of activists. Read the full story here.

Concern mounts for detained Chinese activists
Bangkok Post, September 13, 2017
In a call made by human rights defenders to China voicing concern for the health and fate of detained lawyers and critics, ISHR highlighted the case of Jiang Tianyong, a human rights lawyer who disappeared last November and was held incommunicado for six months after a trial  that ‘can be reasonably called neither fair nor impartial’. Read the full story here.

China’s War on Dissent
The Diplomat, August 20, 2017
At a press briefing hosted by ISHR in Geneva on 24 August,  a group of Chinese human rights defenders expressed their deep concern about the future of their detained and disappeared colleagues. They discussed various cases such as those of Gui Minhai, disappeared since 2015, or Liu Xiaobo, who died this Summer after spending years in detention. Read the full story here.

China Buying International Silence on Human Rights
China Digital Times, June 22, 2017
ISHR signed a statement along with ten other human rights groups on Monday to urge the European Union to cancel an upcoming dialogue between the Union and China as thos dialogue ‘has steadily deteriorated into an exercise whose purpose is largely to secure another round of the dialogue, not to make meaningful change in China.’ Read the full story here.

Council Discusses Côte d’Ivoire and The Democratic Republic of the Congo under Technical Assistance and Capacity Building
Military Technologies, June 20, 2017
ISHR participated in the interactive dialogue with the UN Independent Expert on the enhancement of capacity building and technical cooperation with Côte d’Ivoire. Read the full story here.

Amnesty, 6 others urge govt to ensure Sultana Kamal’s security
Dhaka Tribune, June 14, 2017
Several human rights organisations including ISHR have expressed concern over the recent threats made by Islamist group Hefazat-e-Islam to Sultana Kamal, a prominent lawyer and human rights defender in Bangladesh. Read the full story here.

Int’l rights orgs express concern over threats to Sultana Kamal
Prothom Alo, June 13, 2017
Along with several international human rights organisations, ISHR signed a letter calling upon the Bangladesh authorities to conduct ‘credible investigation into threats of violence and ensure protection of [ human rights defender] Sultana Kamal’. Read the full story here.

Séminaire régional : la Côte d’Ivoire, un modèle en Afrique sur la protection juridique des défenseurs des droits humains
Afrique Infos, April 26, 2017
Press article in French by online newspaper Afrique Infos on the regional consultation organised by ISHR and other partners on 12-13 April on the development of protection laws for human rights defenders in Africa. Read the full story here.

Protection juridique des défenseurs des droits humains : la Côte d’Ivoire, un modèle en Afrique
Eburnews, April 26, 2017
Press article in French by Ivorian online newspaper Eburnews on the regional consultation organised by ISHR and other partners on 12-13 April on the development of protection laws for human rights defenders in Africa. Read the full story here.

Des experts réunis à Abidjan pour une reconnaissance et une protection juridique des défenseurs des droits humains en Afrique
NewsIvoire.net, April 13, 2017
Press article in French by Ivorian online newspaper NewsIvoire.net on the regional consultation organised by ISHR and other partners on 12-13 April on the development of protection laws for human rights defenders in Africa. Read the full story here.

Les DDH en conclave à Abidjan pour promouvoir la loi sur leur protection juridique en Afrique
Ecovisionafrik, April 10, 2017
Press article in French by Togolese online newspaper Ecovisionafrik on the regional consultation organised by ISHR and other partners on 12-13 April on the development of protection laws for human rights defenders in Africa. Read the full story here.

Mugabe’s commitment to rights questioned
NewsDay, March 20, 2017
ISHR raised the red flag over the impending introduction of a cyber law in Zimbabwe. ‘We note that the Zimbabwean government is in the process of drafting a Cyber Crimes Bill which, if passed, will further curtail the right to freedom of expression and privacy; and will further impede the work of defenders,’ ISHR said in a joint statement with the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights. Read the full story here.

International human rights groups call for rights upholding in Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe Consolidated News, March 18, 2017
ISHR and Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights expressed their concern about the continued targeting of human rights defenders by State actors.’Hundreds of defenders currently face prosecution following their arrest for exercising their rights to freedom of assembly and association between May and November 2016,’ they recalled in joint statement delivered at the Human rights Council’s 34th session. Read the full story here.

UN review exposed Zimbabwe’s poor human rights record
The Standard , March 18, 2017
The International Service for Human Rights and Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights said in an oral statement to the Huan Rights Council that Zimbabwe Cybercrime Bill should not be enacted, as it would further infringe on freedom of expression and privacy. They urged the government to reconsider the recommendation to invite the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights defenders. Read the full story here.

Marquette Democracy Project brings social activism from around the globe
Marquette Wire , March 7, 2017
Maryam Al-Khawaja, an ISHR Board member will be part of the Marquette Democracy Project, which brings international activists to Marquette University for brief visits during the school semester, during which they teach classes, give a public talk (open to the Milwaukee community), and tell their stories to student journalists and videographers. Read the full story here.

Australia’s bid for UN Human Rights Council seat comes with ‘stop the boats’ baggage
The Sydney Morning Herald , February 28, 2017
As Australia launched a charm offensive in the United Nations corridors in Geneva, seeking to win a seat on the UN’s Human Rights Council, ISHR recalls that the country’s human rights record does not entirely count in its favour. Read the full story here.

L’ONU accusée de livrer à Pékin les noms d’opposants chinois
Le Temps, February 3, 2017
As the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights is being accused of disclosing names of human rights defenders coming to the Human Rights Council to China, ISHR expresses its opinion on the issue. Read the full story here.

Gay rights supporters win 2nd victory at the United Nations
The Daily Mail Online, December 20, 2016
The close vote that rejected the African Group’s proposal to halt the work of Independent Expert on SOGI shows how much work is needed to build bridges with many countries. Read the full story here.

Boris Johnson Urged To Defend UN’s First LGBT Rights Expert By Labour MP Sarah Champion
The Huffington Post, November 8, 2016
ISHR denounced the attempt made by some African countries to block the appointment of Vitit Muntarbhorn, a law professor who has been hired to look at ways to overcome violence and discrimination against people on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. ‘This move is harmful to non-violence and anti-discrimination efforts in relation to lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people around the world’ ISHR said. Read the full story here.

African nations attempt to suspend UN’s LGBT rights monitor
The Guardian, November 7, 2016
ISHR shared its concern and denounced the lack of legal foundation of the attempt by African nations to call into question the legitimacy of the Human Rights Council resolution establishing the independent expert to protect against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Read the full story here.

ISHR launch ‘Model National Law’ in Gambia
Foroyaa, October 26, 2016
ISHR held a side event to officially launch its National Model Law on the recognition and protection of human rights defenders in Africa. The event was held in Banjul, the Gambia, on the margins of the 59th session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights. Read the full story here.

China: One year since Gui Minhai’s abduction
China Worker Info, October 18, 2016
One year after his disappearance, Gui is still not formally charged with any crime. Neither Sweden’s representatives nor his daughter have been told where Gui is being held. ISHR expressed its view on the issue. Read the full story here.

Human rights mechanism workshop underway
The Standard, October 17, 2016
ISHR organised a training for African civil society members on international and regional human rights mechanisms. The training took place in Banjul, the Gambia, on 15 and 16 October and was organised in collaboration with the OHCHR and the African Centre for Democracy and Human Rights Studies. Read the full story here.

Kidnapped by China: Beijing’s Battle Against Dissidents and Free Speech
The Diplomat, October 7, 2016
ISHR told that China’s ongoing crackdown on human rights is no longer limited to its national borders. ‘China is exporting its paranoia and its poor practices – disappearances, arbitrary detention and censorship of dissent. This is a worrying sign for activists and organisations throughout Asia and beyond’.  Read the full story here.

ISHR’s Phil Lynch on Sierra Leone’s television 
EYV Television, October 6, 2016
ISHR’s director Phil Lynch was invited on Sierra Leone’s EYV Television on the occasion of a training and consultations with authorities and civil society on the development of a national law protecting human rights defenders. He shared his views on the leading role he thinks the country coud take in terms of strengthening of legal frameworks in English-speaking Africa. Watch here.

For daughter of missing Hong Kong bookseller, activism is not a choice
NPR, October 5, 2016
Multimedia news website NPR interviewed Angela Gui, daughter of disappeared bookseller Gui Minhai and a young hunan rights defender whom ISHR hosted for several days in Geneva last September. Read the full story here.

Gay men in Ivory Coast say they were attacked after showing support for Orlando victims
PBS, June 30, 2016
While six gay men in Ivory Coast say they were attacked after the U.S. embassy published a photo of them offering condolences to the 49 victims in the Orlando shooting, ISHR recalls that to date there are no legal protections against attacks that target the LGBT community in the country. ISHR also highlights that ‘sexual minorities’ report periodic harassment from security forces and the general population. Read the full story here.

Russian Diplomat Is Accused of Threatening Rights Activist on Twitter
New York Times, June 14, 2016
ISHR denounced a threatening message sent on Twitter by a Geneva-based Russian diplomat to a member of a human rights organisation that supports activists in Russia.  ISHR told the Human Rights Council on Tuesday that ‘an online threat made by a state representative, albeit one hiding behind the cowardice of anonymity, is a threat against both the targeted individual (…) and the integrity of this important institution.’ Read the full story here.

Govt of India “blocking” international Dalit network to freely associate with UN for eight long years: NGO letter
Counterview, May 26, 2016
ISHR was part of an NGO coalition who sent a letter calling on members of the  ECOSOC to reform the practice of the Committee of NGOs that prevents certain human rights organisations, including the International Dalit Solidarity Network (IDSN), from associating freely with the UN. ISHR noted that ‘unfortunately, in too many instances the Committee is reflective of the growing restrictions on civil society at the very time restrictions at the national level make access to the UN all the more crucial.’ Read the full story here.

Ilham Tohti, Uighur scholar jailed in China, is nominated for rights award
The New York Times, April 27, 2016
Ilham Tohti, a scholar and advocate for China’s Uighur ethnic minority, currently serving a life sentence for separatism in a Chinese prison, is one of three nominees for the prestigious annual Martin Ennals Award for human rights defenders. Phil Lynch, Director of ISHR, which is a jury member for the awards, said the three nominees had … ‘stood out as being particularly courageous, persistent, principled and innovative and at a very high level of risk’. Read the full story here.

Human Rights Council adopts historic resolution on protection of rights defenders
Sri Lanka Guardian, March 25, 2016
ISHR welcomed the adoption of a landmark resolution on the protection of human rights defenders working to promote economic, social and cultural rights by a resounding vote. ISHR also recognised the principled leadership of Norway in leading the development of this timely resolution. Read full story here.

ONG globales piden a Peña combatir descrédito de activistas
La Jordana, March 17, 2016
ISHR has joined six other non-governmental organisations in a joint letter to the President of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto, calling for the public condemnation of the defamation and discrediting of civil society organizations and human rights defenders. Read full story here (article in Spanish).

Detrás de la noticia: Dignidad pisoteada
RT en español, March 11, 2016
In light of the murder of high-profile indigenous human rights defender Berta Cáceres in Honduras, ISHR’s Ben Leather and ISHR trainee Andrea Cerami are interviewed as part of a Spanish language news documentary story on the attacks and murders of environmental activists and land rights defenders in Latin America and the world. Watch the programme on YouTube here (in Spanish).

Protestor laws could trap farmers
The Land, January 27, 2016
ISHR, as well as the UN, criticised the introduction of the Criminal Code Amendment (Prevention of Lawful Activity) Bill 2015 by Australia as there is fear that the Bill could result in criminalisation of lawful protests and the silencing of environmentalists and human rights defenders. Read the full story here.

Deported Swedish NGO worker concerned about detained colleagues in China
Voice of America, January 27, 2016
ISHR expressed its views on the case of Peter Dahlin, a Swedish human rights activist expelled from China last January for allegedly operating an unlicensed rights group in China to endanger the country’s national security. For ISHR, Dahlin’s case showcases “the long arm of China,” whose influence now appears to have extended beyond its borders. Read the full story here

Nigerian and Global Rights Groups urge Nigeria to drop “Social Media Bill”
Sahara Reporters, December 17, 2015
ISHR co-signed an open letter sent by about 20 Nigerian, African and international human rights groups to urge key officials in the Nigerian Senate, citing concerns about free expression and the criminalisation of free expression under the Frivolous Petitions Prohibition Bill. Read the full story here.

Nigeria, Iran, Parkistan, Syria, North Korea others vote against UN resolution to protect human rights defenders
The Biafra Herald, November 28, 2015
ISHR expressed extreme disappointment at the 14 votes that rejected the UN resolution on human rights defenders as well as at the “cowardly position of abstaining” taken by 40 other countries. This “amounts to a failure to recognise the important role of defenders and the need for their protection,” they said. Read the full story here.

Rwanda votes for human rights resolution. Russia, China protest
K T Press, November 26, 2015
Rwanda has defied African solidarity, voting in favour of a historic UN resolution that guarantees protection for individuals and groups involved in human rights work. ISHR’s Madeleine Sinclair says votes against the resolution and abstentions amount to a failure by States to recognise the important role of defenders and the need for their protection. Read the full story here

Australia heavily criticised at UN for asylum seeker stance
ABC Online, November 10, 2015
ISHR participated in the Universal Periodic Review of Australia during which the country was heavily criticised for its asylum seeker stance. According to ISHR, these policies will have an impact on Australia’s bid to win a seat on the UN Human Rights Council from 2018. Read the full story here

Regional Indigenous activists slam corporate abuses at IACHR
TeleSUR, October 22, 2015
ISHR participated in the first hearing held by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) on the role of businesses in violations against Indigenous activists working on land, environmental and cultural rights. ISHR denounced ‘clear collusions between businesses, the State and organised crime groups aimed at silencing defenders’. Read the full story here

Human rights groups support EU resolution condemning Angolan rights violations
Angola News Network, October 8, 2015
ISHR joined a group of  international human rights and press freedom organisations who signed a letter of support to a recent European Parliament resolution calling attention to the worsening human rights situation in Angola. Read the full story here

Syria: Disclose Whereabouts of Detained Freedom of Expression Advocate
The Syrian Observer, October 8, 2015
ISHR joined a call launched by 30 other organisations to the Syrian authorities to immediately reveal the whereabouts of Bassel Khartabil, a human rights award-winning software developer who is facing Military Field Court proceedings for his peaceful activities in support of freedom of expression.  Khartabil managed to inform his family on October 3 that security officers had ordered him to pack without indicating his destination. His family believe that he may have been transferred to the military-run Field Court inside the Military Police base in Qaboun. Read the full story here.

At U.N., China uses intimidation tactics to silence its critics
Reuters Investigates, October 6, 2015
Along with other civil society members, ISHR denounced China’s growing capacity to stifle opposition in the international arena at a time when it is cracking down on domestic dissent and preparing a new, restrictive law on foreign non-governmental organisations operating in China. Read the full story here

Concerns raised at UN Human Rights Council on LGBT rights
GayNZ, September 30, 2015
ISHR co-signed a joint statement during the 30th session of the UN Human Rights Council to highlight the lack of global progress in relation to the rights of LGBT people. Read the full story here

Australia urged to lead UN over human rights in Egypt
Video News, July 15, 2015
ISHR co-signed a letter urging Australia to take a leadership role in the forthcoming discussions on Egypt’s human rights situation. The letter states that ‘Australia’s geographical isolation from Egypt may be a helpful factor’ where other countries have been unwilling to lead on the issue due to concerns about regional security and stability in the Middle East. Read the full story here

Human Rights Group, Activists Decry Accusations by Venezuela’s Diosdado Cabello
Latin Post, July 8, 2015
ISHR issued a statement denouncing the “dangerous and irresponsible”accusations made by the Venezuelan Government in order to tarnish the reputation and question the legitimacy of several human rigths defenders who had testified before the UN Human Rights Council. Read the full story here. 

International community ‘must maintain fullest scrutiny of Sri Lanka’ say NGOs
Tamil Guardian, July 3, 2015
ISHR co-signed a letter calling on ambassadors of UN Human Rights Council Member States to maintain scrutiny of Sri Lanka on issues of justice and accountability regarding the mass atrocities committed during the final phase of Sri Lanka’s armed conflict. Read the full story here.

Maldives upset over Commonwealth move to discuss Nasheed
The New Indian Express, July 2, 2015
Commonwealth countries have called for the Maldives to be put on the agenda of the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group, over the trial and sentencing of former president Mohamed Nasheed. The move follows condemnation, last month, by ISHR and others of the deteriorating democratic and human rights situation in the Maldives. Read the full story here.

Criticism mounts against Maldives’ Supreme Court
Minivan News, June 20, 2015
ISHR reiterated that the Maldives’ Supreme court ruling that bars the national human rights watchdog from communicating with foreign organisations was a clear breach of the country’s membership of the UN Human Rights Council. Read the full story here.

Refugee policies give Australia’s global reputation a beating
Sydney Morning Herald, June 20, 2015
As a a staggering 60 million people have been driven from their homes due to war and persecution this year, ISHR denounced Australia’s disdain for the Refugee Convention and expressed concern on the morality and legality of Australia’s refugee and asylum-seeker policy. Read the full story here.

International Service for Human Rights condemns SC verdict on HRCM
Raajje, June 19, 2015
ISHR declared that the Maldives Supreme Court’s decision preventing the country’s independent national human rights institution from communicating with the UN without government authorisation is a clear breach of international law and flagrantly incompatible with the Maldives’ membership in the UN Human Rights Council. Read the full story here.

European countries say they are ‘concerned’ and ‘surprised’ at payment allegations
Sydney Morning Herald, June 17, 2015
In the midst of a growing asylum seeker crisis in Europe, there is surprise and concern at the allegation that the Australian government has paid people smugglers. ISHR Director, Phil Lynch, said there is increasing concern within the UN but and the wider diplomatic community as to Australia’s refugee and asylum seeker policy. Read the full story here.

Revealed: How the UN told Abbott government to back off on Gillian Triggs
Sydney Morning Herald, June 9, 2015
Following an appeal from ISHR, the UN has formally urged the Australian government to stop attacking Gillian Triggs and pressuring her to consider stepping down as president of the Human Rights Commission. Read the full story here.

Two NGOs lost their UN consultative status for speaking against Pakistan’s atrocities in Balochistan
Balochwarna News, June 6, 2015
ISHR has expressed deep concern after the withdrawal of UN consultative status from two NGOs in retaliation for statements they made at the UN Human Rights Council. Read the full story here.

NGOs condemn Nauru’s censorship
Radio New Zealand, May 27, 2015
A group of NGOs, including ISHR, has written a letter to the Nauru government calling on it to restore full access to internet services and repeal a new law which restricts freedom of expression. Read the full story here.

Nauru rights regressing as it faces UN Universal Periodic Review
ABC, February 27, 2015
Ahead of Nauru’s appearance at its Universal Periodic Review before the United Nations later this year, ISHR and the Human Rights Law Centre call on the Nauru government to address a regression in the country’s human rights situation. Listen to the full story here.

Australia called to repeal excessive restrictions on freedom of speech and expression and other rights
International Buisness Times, February 6, 2015
ISHR’s new report urges Australia to repeal excessive limitiations on rights such as freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly. Listen here.

Australia urged to remove restrictions on rights
SBS, February 5, 2015
ISHR has released a report urging Australia to remove excessive restrictions on the rights to freedom of expression, association and peaceful protests. Read the full story here.

China Proposal on NGOs raises transparency concerns
The New York Times, February 3, 2015
A proposal by China that would have withheld the names of countries that criticize NGOs seeking UN accreditation has drawn condemnation from diplomats and rights groups, citing concerns about transparency. The proposal was subsequently dropped. ISHR released a statement urging the accreditation committee to continue to be transparent in reports of its meetings. Read the full story here.

Sri Lanka: New Government must support human rights defenders and cooperate with the UN
The Sri Lankan Guardian, January 9, 2015
The new government in Sri Lanka must prevent, investigate and ensure accountability for attacks against journalists, lawyers and human rights defenders, ISHR has said. Read the full story here.

Sri Lanka’s presidential race closely monitored by Australia
The Sydney Morning Herald, January 2, 2015
Australian officials are carefully watching Sri Lanka’s presidential election, uneasy about how a change of government might affect joint action to stop asylum seekers’ boats. ISHR’s Phil Lynch said whatever the composition of the next Sri Lankan government, Australia should be guided by a commitment to human rights and the rule of law. Read the full story here.

UN officials call for U.S. to prosecute those responsible in CIA torture probe
News Observer, December 10, 2014
Following a damning US Senate report on the CIA’s detention and interrogation programme, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has called for those responsible for torture to be held accountable. ISHR’s Phil Lynch said as a matter of international law the US is not the only country that could bring charges; there is an obligation on member countries to the UN Convention against Torture to investigate all allegations of torture and to hold those either “directly or indirectly” involved accountable. Read the full story here.

Maryam al-Khawaja, the Inconvenient Activist
Foreign Policy, September 4, 2014
The arrest of Bahraini human rights activist Maryam al-Khawaja marks a new low point for the country’s autocracy. Maryam has been forbidden any contact with her lawyer for the entire seven days, which ISHR has declared to be ‘in contravention of international human rights law.’ Read the full story here.

Rights Groups Write To UN
The Sunday Leader, September 3, 2014
A group of six international human rights organisations, including ISHR, has called on the President and member states of the Human Rights Council as well as the government of Sri Lanka to take action to stop reprisals against those who cooperate with the UN. Read the full story here.

Activists sceptical on Lanka probe pledge
Gulf Times, September 2, 2014
The Sri Lankan government’s claim that it will investigate the circumstances of people’s disappearances from its 26-year civil war has been received skeptically by activists and human rights organisations. ISHR says the government has failed to protect local activists from ‘a clear pattern of systematic reprisals against human rights defenders and victims in Sri Lanka who seek to engage with the UN.’ Read the full story here.

Rights groups ask Sri Lanka to stop intimidation
The New Indian Express, August 27, 2014
ISHR together with five other human rights organisations has written to the Sri Lankan government, and the President and member states of the Human Rights Council to put an end to intimidation and harrassment against those who cooperate with the UN. Read the full story here.         

Rights groups write to UN, Ravinatha
Colombo Gazette, August 26, 2014
A group of six international human rights organisations, including ISHR, has written a joint letter calling on the President and member states of the Human Rights Council, as well as the government of Sri Lanka, to take action to ensure no-one faces reprisals for cooperating with the UN. Read the full story here.      

Contentious Start For U.N. Process Toward Business And Human Rights Treaty
Mint Press News, July 10, 2014
The UN Human Rights Council voted to allow negotiations to begin toward a binding international treaty around transnational companies. ‘The development of a treaty on business and human rights is an important opportunity to strengthen corporate respect for human rights, the protection of human rights defenders, and access to justice for victims of corporate human rights violations,’ said Phil Lynch, ISHR Director. Read the full story here.

Interview with Phil Lynch
World Radio Switzerland, July 2, 2014
ISHR Director Phil Lynch spoke to Tony Johnson at World Radio Switzerland about his life in Geneva as an expat and his work at ISHR. Listen here.

After Losing Vote, U.S.-EU Threaten to Undermine Treaty
Inter Press Service News Agency (IPS), June 28, 2014
The Human Rights Council has adopted a resolution that establishes an inter-governmental process to begin the development of a treaty on transnational corporations and other business enterprises. However, the EU and the US have threatened to undermine it by warning they will not cooperate with the intergovernmental working group that will lay down ground rules for negotiating the treaty. Philip Lynch, director of ISHR, said that it is very important that the EU participates in this negotiation process, as it is crucial that any treaty on business and human rights be negotiated with input from all relevant stakeholders. Read the full story here.

«Ma vraie vengeance, c’est la réconciliation»
Tribune de Genève, June 24, 2014
An outstanding South African freedom fighter, Albie Sachs, visiting Geneva at the invitation of ISHR, gave an interview to the Tribune de Genève about his life, work and “the soft vengeance” he had when his country got freedom and democracy. Read the full story online here or in print here

Albie Sachs, who lost arm in apartheid bomb blast: S. Africa needs to be on ‘side of justice’
Ecumenical News, June 24, 2014
Former South African Constitutional Court Judge, Albie Sachs was at a special screening of a recently released biographical film Soft Vengeance: Albie Sachs and the New South Africa. The director of ISHR, Phil Lynch, who hosted Sachs with support from the Legal Resources Centre, said that Sachs is a huge inspiration to the thousands of human rights defenders ISHR trains. Read the full story here.

Interview with Albie Sachs
World Radio Switzerland, June 19, 2014
A renowned South African freedom fighter visited Geneva at the invitation of ISHR to participate at premiere screening of a film about his life Soft Vengeance: Albie Sachs and the new South Africa. Albie Sachs spoke with Tony Johnston at World Radio Switzerland about his life and work to promote and protect human rights. Listen here.

Will Jordanian Prince Champion LGBT Rights In Top U.N. Post?
Advocate.com, June 18, 2014
Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid al-Hussein of Jordan has been appointed UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. The International Service for Human Rights looks forward to Prince Zeid continuing on the path set by Navi Pillay who, throughout her term, was accessible to civil society, provided protection and support to human rights defenders, stood up and spoke out for universal human rights and against discrimination in all of its forms, says ISHR’s Phil Lynch. Read the full story here.

Côte d’Ivoire : Après l’adoption par les députés de la loi sur la protection des défenseurs des droits de l’homme- LA CIDDH, le ROADDH et le SIDH appellent le Président Alassane Ouattara à la prise d’un décret pour  » sa mise en œuvre immédiate »
Laguneinfo.net, June 17, 2014
The Law on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights Defenders was adopted by the National Assembly of Côte d’Ivoire on 11 June 2014. This law should inspire other African States to develop similar legislation, the Côte d’Ivoire Coalition of Human Rights Defenders, the West African Human Rights Defenders Network and the International Service for Human Rights said today.  Read the full story here.

Liberia reports human rights record to AU
AllAfrica.com, May 9, 2014
For the first time ever, Liberia has appeared before the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights to report on its human rights record. The International Service for Human Rights says among the most significant developments at the review was an open invitation by the Liberian government for the African Commissioners to make a country visit and provide their human rights expertise. Read the full story here.

Human rights nomination a boost for Chinese activism
Radio Free Asia, April 26, 2014
The nomination of a Cao Shunli who died in police custody after being denied medical treatment for the prestigious Martin Ennals Award is a boost to the country’s nascent rights movement, activists have said. The International Service for Human Rights has called on the UN to push for an independent investigation into the circumstances surrounding Ms Cao’s illness and death. Read the full story here.

Global recognition for Bangladeshi human rights defender
Scoop, April 26, 2014
Adilur Rahman Khan, a renowned human rights defender, who has been relentlessly persecuted by the incumbent regime in Bangladesh, has been recognized for his courage by the global human rights community. The International Service for Human Rights is a member of the jury of the Martin Ennals Award, for which Mr Khan has been nominated. Read the full story here.

Cao Shunli nominated for the Martin Ennals Award
Radio France Internationale (Chinese), April 23, 2014
Cao Shunli, a Chinese human rights defender who died in detention earlier this year, has been nominated for the 2014 Martin Ennals Award. The award aims to reward those who have made outstanding contributions in the field of human rights. ‘It was only in her death that her voice was ultimately heard at and through the Human Rights Council,’ says ISHR Director, Phil Lynch. Read the full story here (in Chinese only).

CCP criticized for canceling human rights dialogue with UK Government
New Tang Dynasty Television, April 17, 2014
The Chinese Communist Party has cancelled a human rights dialogue with the British government that was scheduled to take place on April 16, 2014. The cancellation of the dialogue follows the UK’s involvement in China’s dispute with the International Service for Human Rights at the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) session, when ISHR attempted to hold a moment’s silence for deceased human rights defender Cao Shunli. Read the full story here.

Civil society interests are deserted by democratic states at UN
Global Post, April 8, 2014
ISHR’s Michelle Evans says civil society has been deserted by democratic states, who are failing to seek seats on the UN’s Committee on Non-governmental Organizations. The committee controls which civil society groups secure UN ‘consultative status’. However, membership on the ‘gatekeeper’ committee only seems to be coveted by States such as Azerbaijan, China, Cuba, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Russia, Iran and Venezuela. Read the full story here.

The Pope’s tone softens — but The Vatican is still fighting LGBT rights around the world
Buzzfeed, April 2, 2014
Pope Francis’ softening tone on LGBT issues does not appear to have been matched by a meaningful shift in international policy. The Holy See continues to hold a hard line in fighting to preserve a narrow definition of the word ‘family’ in international law, and is negatively influencing other States to take equally regressive positions in resolution negotiations. Read the full story here.

Issue of China’s Forced Organ Harvesting from Falun Gong Raised at UNHRC
Epoch Times, March 31, 2014
The Chinese regime’s macabre practice of killing Falun Gong practitioners for their organs was raised before the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva recently by the Vancouver-based Lawyer’s Rights Watch Canada. Read the full story here.

China blocks tribute to dead dissident at UN rights council
Global Post, March 21, 2014
China has locked horns with Western states and rights groups at the UN Human Rights Council, after ISHR called for a moment’s silence to honour deceased human rights defender Cao Shunli. US representative Paula Schriefer said Members of the council have no authority to dictate the content of relevant interventions by civil society organisations. ‘That fact applies to any intervention that includes silence, as much as any spoken intervention,’ Schriefer said. Read the full story by Agence France-Presse here

Nigerian anti-gay law prompts arrests, international condemnation
Los Angeles Times, January 14, 2014
A draconian anti-gay law passed by the Nigerian parliament last year and quietly signed by President Goodluck Jonathan this month has led to the arrest of scores of homosexuals and set off an international wave of condemnation. “International human rights law prohibits discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity,” explains Dr. Heather Collister. Read the full story here

Dozens arrested after anti-gay law passed in Nigeria
The Telegraph, January 14, 2014
Dozens of men have been arrested for being gay after Nigeria quietly passes homosexuality legislation. Dr. Heather Collister gives ISHR’s opinion on the new bill. Read the full story here

UN women’s rights resolution passed despite backlash
Al Arabiya, November 28, 2013
The UN General Assembly has passed a ‘landmark first resolution on women’s rights defenders’, reports Agence France-Presse with commentary from ISHR’s Eleanor Openshaw. Read the full story here

Accents du monde – UPR of China
Radio France Internationale, October 25, 2013
Radio France Internationale reports on the Universal Periodic Review of China and speaks with ISHR’s Michael Ineichen regarding the disappearance of Chinese human rights defender Cao Shunli. Listen to the reporting here. The story is available in Chinese here.

La Chine joue de l’imtimidation
Le Temps, October 23, 2013
Speaking to Le Temps newspaper, ISHR’s Director of Human Rights Council Advocacy, Michael Ineichen reports on the disappearance of Chinese human rights defender, Ms Cao Shunli. Ms Shunli was scheduled to attend an ISHR training course and the Human Rights Council’s 24th session, ahead of China’s universal periodic review. Her disappearance is said to be emblematic of the kinds of intimidation experienced by those that criticise the Chinese government. Read the full story here.

Human rights defender disappeared in China
SBS Radio Australia, September 25, 2013
ISHR’s Director of Human Rights Council Advocacy, Michael Ineichen spoke to SBS Radio Australia on the reported disappearance of a Chinese human rights defender, scheduled to attend an ISHR training course on international human rights advocacy in Geneva. Listen to the interview here.

China mystery: Legal activist questioned by police disappears at airport
Washington Post, September 25, 2013
Cao Shunli has been missing since Sept. 14, BBC reported. She was attempting to fly out of China to Switzerland for a human rights training course offered by the International Service for Human Rights, when airport security forces barred her from boarding. Read more here.

UN should protect rights defenders from attacks and reprisals
Global Post, August 8, 2013
The UN must address a disturbing global increase in reprisals against human rights defenders who campaign for corporate accountability, writes ISHR Director Phil lynch. Read more here.

Does Australia deserve a place at the world’s top human rights table?
The Australian, June 20, 2013
From an Australian perspective the most recent session of the UN Human Rights Council ended last week with a bang, says Phil Lynch. Read more here.

Global community must act to protect human rights defenders from restrictions and attacks
Global Post, June 3, 2013
The global community must act to protect human rights defenders and civil society organizations from unprecedented restrictions and attacks, explains Phil Lynch. Read more here.

UN Human Rights Council may act against LGBT discrimination
Global Post, April 28, 2013
While supporters celebrated France becoming the 14th country to legislate for marriage equality, across the world lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people continue to struggle against violence and discrimination, says Dr. Heather Collister. Read more here.

Global voices must be heard on Sri Lanka
The Australian, March 15, 2013
The world has a responsibility to act, says Phil Lynch. Read more here.

UN called upon to oppose rampant worldwide anti gay and trans bigotry
Gay Star News, 14 March, 2013
‘The time has come for the Human Rights Council to take a strong and principled stand in favour of equality and against homophobia and intolerance’ says Phil Lynch. Read more here.

Achieving progress? UN Rights Council looks at 20-year-old declaration
Global Post, February 29, 2013
Phil Lynch discusses the need to maintain the human rights goals of the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action, adopted in 1993. Read more here.

Shrinking space for human rights defenders
The Australian, February 21, 2013
The Russian “homosexual propaganda” bill exemplifies the shrinking space for human rights defenders and their susceptibility to intimidation, attacks and reprisals explains Phil Lynch. Read more here.

Radio, TV interviews and podcasts

Radio télévision suisse (RTS), ‘Forum’, May 24 2022
Pour Raphaël Viana David, chargé du programme Asie auprès d’ISHR, la fuite de documents officiels de la police chinoise (#XinjiangPoliceFiles) “révèle vraiment le caractère généralisé des violations des droits humains à l’encontre du peuple Ouïghour”. Retrouvez son intervention ici.

 

Swissinfo, ‘Inside Geneva’,  March 22 2022
ISHR Executive Director Phil Lynch joined a discussion on the recent announcement by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet that she will be visiting China. Listen to the full discussion here.

Radio Publique Africaine, 19 novembre 2020
Vincent Ploton dénonce le fichage ethnique de travailleurs/ses au Burundi – écouter ici

Radio Cité Genève, 9 octobre 2020
Interview de Fanny Toutou-Mpondo, chargée de communication d’ISHR – écouter ici

Now This News, 15 September 2020
ISHR’s Eleanor Openshaw participated in a podcast about former US permanent representative to the Council Nikki Haley – listen here (from 37:07)

Human Rights in Context, 5 September 2020
ISHR’s Vincent Ploton examines the work of human rights defenders and how it can be supported. He also explores the role of human rights treaty bodies and asks how these institutions can work more effectively and be strengthened to better protect human rights – listen here

RTS, ‘Inside Geneva’,  22 March 2020
ISHR’s Sarah Brooks discusses the shifting influences in the United Nations – especially with regard to China – listen here

Radio Publique Africaine, 19 mars 2020
Plainte d’ISHR contre le Burundi auprès du Comité de l’ONU contre la torture – écouter ici (à voir aussi sur Youtube et Facebook)

Radio Inzamba, Journal du 19 mars 2020
Plainte d’ISHR contre le Burundi auprès du Comité de l’ONU contre la torture – écouter écouter ici (à partir de 12:30)

VOA Afrique, 19 mars 2020
Plainte d’ISHR contre le Burundi auprès du Comité de l’ONU contre la torture – écouter écouter ici

RTS, Mise au point, 22 septembre 2019
Interview de Lina al Hathloul, soeur de loujain a-Hathloul, invitée à Genève par ISHR – watch here

Radio Publique Africaine, 11 April 2019
Interview of ISHR’s Vincent Ploton on Germain Rukuki’s trial – écouter ici

RTS,  Journal de 8h, 8 March 2019
Interview of ISHR’s Michael Ineichen on Switzerland’s refusal to co-sign the first-ever State joint statement made at the Human Rights Council on Saudi Arabia  (from 03:39) – listen here

RTS, ‘Tout un monde’,  5 February 2019
Interview of ISHR’s Michael Ineichen on China’s detention camps for Uyghur (from 04:12) – listen here

Guyane 1ère, France TV,  13 January 2019
Interview of ISHR’s Vincent Ploton on France’s ‘Montagne d’Or’ mining project in French Guiana (from 25:00) – listen here

Radio Publique Africaine, 10 December 2018
Interview of ISHR’s Vincent Ploton on Burundi’s human rights situation – listen here