The UN General Assembly’s principal human rights committee — the Third Committee — has kicked off its deliberations. This year’s session will run for 7 weeks from 28 September to 17 November 2023. The Committee will be chaired by Ambassador Alexander Marschik (Austria). We present the key issues on the agenda below.
This work builds on the regional consultation held by ISHR in Manila, Philippines in January 2018. Representatives from several countries within Asia participated in the consultation, including Indonesia, India, Mongolia, Nepal, the Philippines, Taiwan and Sri Lanka.
Through this project, in collaboration with Frontline Defenders, ISHR seeks to increase the recognition and protection of human rights defenders in Mongolia, Nepal and the Philippines, through capacity development and targeted advocacy for the development and amendment of laws, policies and regulations that protect the rights of human rights defenders; and through increasing public awareness of and support for HRDs and their work.
The project will be primarily composed of three kinds of activities:
- Empower and increase the capacities of human rights defenders by providing them with advice and resources regarding strategies to enhance the protection of their rights in national legislation.
- Raise awareness, engage local communities and build public support for human rights defenders to leverage pressure on decision makers to support their work and protection.
- Support and assist human rights defenders to conduct national level advocacy to implement strategies developed and work towards the development of laws, policies and regulations to protect their rights; as well as the repeal of laws that restrict their rights.
The project builds on ISHR’s long-term program on Legal Protection of Human Rights Defenders.
We are grateful to the United Nations Democracy Fund for supporting this work:
The 77th Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights will be held in Arusha, United Republic of Tanzania, from 20 October to 9 November 2023. The session will be preceded by the NGO Forum, which will be held in Arusha from 16 to 18 October 2023.
When debating the contents of the annual UN report on reprisals against human rights defenders, several States cited in the document refuse to acknowledge their own responsibilities of protecting defenders from intimidation and attacks.