On 19 September the Secretary-General’s report on reprisals was made public, including three of five cases ISHR has been actively campaigning for, namely the cases of Vanessa Mendoza (Andorra), Kadar Abdi Ibrahim (Djibouti) and the situation of civil society in Hong Kong.
ISHR, together with a coalition of 15 other leading international NGOs, is calling on States at the UN Human Rights Council to renew the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in the Russian Federation.
The call comes as Russian authorities continue and worsen their repression of human rights defenders, criminalisation of dissent, and policy of reprisals against defenders, victims and witnesses who seek to report Russia’s violations and abuses to international human rights bodies.
In addition to calling on States to renew the mandate of the Special Rapporteur, ISHR is also calling on States to oppose Russia’s cynical candidacy for election to the Human Rights Council. As a State that is responsible for war crimes and crimes against humanity, as well as a pattern of reprisals and widespread repression of civil society, including through the arbitrary detention of human rights defenders, Russia should not be eligible to stand, and certainly should not be elected, to the world’s peak multilateral human rights body.
The joint civil society letter to States calling on them to support renewal of the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on human rights in Russia is available here.
Further information about the forthcoming Human Rights Council elections, and the objective grounds on which States should oppose the election of Russia, as well as that of Burundi and China, is available here.
The policy to silence and quash opposition to the Venezuelan government continues, says the UN’s body of experts on Venezuela in its report to the Human Rights Council.
Activists from all regions of the world joined ISHR and a coalition of 17 civil society organisations to mark the 25th anniversary of the UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders and to call for an update of this landmark document.