The 55th session of the UN Human Rights Council, from 26 February – 5 April 2024, will consider issues including the protection of human rights defenders, freedom of religion or belief, protection and promotion of human rights while countering terrorism, the right to food and adequate housing, among others. It will also present an opportunity to address grave human rights situations in States including Sudan, Nicaragua, Venezuela, China, Syria, South Sudan, Iran, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Myanmar, Eritrea, occupied Palestinian territory/Israel, among many others. Here’s an overview of some of the key issues on the agenda.
Why give to ISHR?
This holiday season, we believe that donations to ISHR are a great way to give back to the international community. We are ready to continue making effective change for human rights in 2024. Here are just three examples of what we were able to achieve together in 2023:
- We centered defenders in our work and provided them with access to knowledge, training and vital human rights platforms, where grassroots defenders were able to deliver a vast majority of ISHR statements at the UN.
- We built, coordinated and resourced powerful coalitions for human rights change, including the UN Antiracism Coalition which worked to promote racial justice globally, from the US, to France, to Brazil.
- We defeated Russia’s bid for election to the Human Rights Council following an intensive campaign in New York, Geneva and at capital level.
In addition to this work, ISHR effectively trains defenders in developing and expanding their international advocacy skills and networks to leverage them for community-wide change. Apart from building their capacities as defenders through the online component of our Human Rights Defender Advocacy Programme (HRDAP), the in-person component of the Programme in Geneva is vital in giving participants access to influential networks and human rights mechanisms that can be used in their respective advocacy roadmaps. Read more about the achievements of HRDAP alumni here. To learn more about the 2024 edition of HRDAP, click here!
Your donation to ISHR will allow us to train even more defenders from all around the world and keep our educational tools up-to-date to not only support their on the ground work in holding perpetrators accountable for human rights abuses, but also to keep promoting equality and peace for their communities by using international law and the United Nations.
Big or small, your contribution will help us to keep campaigning in support of defenders and organisations so that the world’s human rights mechanisms and leaders listen and act. Please join us: make a donation, spread the word, and help us to deliver change. Thank you!