The passage of a human rights defender resolution by the Third Committee of the GA by consensus, with 85 co-sponsors, is another important step in ongoing work to strengthen the promotion and protection of those who defend rights.
In a joint letter published today, 27 NGOs from across the world have called on States to co-sponsor and support a resolution during the 35th session of the UN Human Rights Council renewing the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on Eritrea. The draft resolution also calls on States and other stakeholders to provide the mandate holder with all necessary support, and urges the Government of Eritrea to cooperate with the mandate holder, including by allowing unencumbered access to the country.
The UN Human Rights Council appointed a Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Eritrea in 2012 and, as the situation deteriorated, then established a commission of inquiry to investigate gross human rights violations in 2014.
To date, the governmemt of Eritrea has refused to cooperate with either the Special Rapporteur or the Commission of Inquiry, denying them access to the country. The Special Rapporteur has, however, been able to visit neighbouring countries and take testimony from rights holders and victims who have fled Eritrea or are living in exile. With the situation in the country continuing to deteriorate, and the lack of any good faith efforts at the national-level to end, investigate and ensure accountability for violations, it is imperative that the mandate of the Special Rapporteur is renewed.
ISHR joins 15 NGOs in calling on Egypt to immediately communicate to Salah Soltan’s relatives his whereabouts, and release him from detention.
Following a rise in the use of platforms to dehumanise persons based on their sexual orientation or gender identity and foster intolerance, the UN Independent Expert presents two reports from complementary angles.
The international community must remain vigilant as Case 173 continues to interfere with the rights of WHRDs in Egypt.
Following the designation of six Palestinian CSO as terrorist organisations, the international community must support and protect and ensure a safe and enabling environment for Palestinian civil society and HRDs.
The Covid-19 pandemic has exacerbated the risk of human rights violations online. Do technology companies have human rights obligations? What are they? Do these private actors have a duty to promote human dignity online?
Yesterday, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders presented her report at the General Assembly's Third Committee on the long-term detention of human rights defenders.
Today, UN member States elected members to the UN's top human rights body, the Human Rights Council, for the 2022-2024 term. 18 candidates ran for 18 seats, and all were elected, leaving civil society disappointed in a process that can hardly be called an election.
On 14 October 2021, the UK delivered a cross-regional statement on behalf of 80 countries, condemning intimidation and reprisals, and calling on States to prioritise and support the meaningful participation of civil society at the UN.
Futures thinking encourages us to identify small ‘signals of change’ which might help to identify and influence the futures that come to pass. At ISHR we’ve identified and, together with advocates and activists from around the world, helped contribute to a number of small but significant signals of positive human rights change in recent weeks.
ISHR together with 36 NGOs from around the world have called on member States of the UN General Assembly to sign on to a cross-regional joint statement on reprisals at the 76th session of the UNGA Third Committee.
During the interactive dialogue with the Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights on the SG’s Reprisals Report, some States raised specific cases of reprisals, whilst others drew attention to the use of COVID-19 as a guise under which reprisals were committed and also raised the additional risks to human rights defenders online as a result of the pandemic.