During each ordinary session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (‘The African Commission’), Commissioners present their activity reports which provides an overview of the work done in between two sessions. On 23 November 2021, the Special Rapporteur on human rights defenders and Focal point on reprisals presented his report.
The Human Rights Committee monitors compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. Through the Committee’s individual complaint mechanism, victims of serious violations can take up their cases where domestic remedies are absent or ineffective. Building on the positive precedents of several fellow UN Treaty Bodies such as the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights or the Committee on the Rights of the Child, the Human Rights Committee has adopted dedicated Guidelines on the submission of Third Party Interventions, also called Amicus Curiae.
ISHR with support from international law firm Allens submitted a third-party intervention to the UN Human Rights Committee in relation to an individual complaint regarding attacks against Sasha Krikkerik, an advocate for LGBTI rights in Russia in 2017. Commenting about the new Guidelines, ISHR’s Legal Counsel Tess McEvoy said “the Committee now has a clear basis and procedure to handle our submission related to the communication by Sasha Krikkerik. We hope that the procedure will enable the Committee to streamline and speed up the review of third party interventions”.
“We welcome these new Guidelines from the Human Rights Committee which provide a clear and sound basis for interested third parties to inform the review of individual complaints” says Kseniya Kirichenko, from ILGA World, who coordinated the Krikkerik case at the national level. “The Treaty Bodies reviewed over 30 individual cases concerning sexual orientation and gender identity since 1982, but no decisions on hate crimes against LGBTI persons were made until very recently. We hope that these new guidelines will contribute to enhance the Human Rights Committee jurisprudence”.
ISHR praises the Committee for the new Guidelines. We encourage the Secretariat to regularly update the lists of registered cases and provide relevant details which are crucial to enable human rights advocates to submit third party interventions in relation to cases of interest.
Despite Namibia taking several progressive measures to promote and protect human rights, the country continues to enforce repressive laws that infringe on the rights of the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgender (LGBT) community, commercial sex workers and other vulnerable groups.
During its 76th session and in a move welcomed by civil-society, the Third Committee of the GA adopted by consensus a resolution recognising the rights of all people to participate in elections and public affairs, without discrimination, including on the basis of their sexual orientation and gender identity.
Civil society calls for an end to attacks against Sudanese women protestors and WHRDs following the military coup.
Sudanese human rights defender Abdulaziz Adam addresses the HRC to draw attention to the human right situation in Sudan.
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.
The international community must take urgent action to protect the democratic transition and human rights in Sudan, especially those of women and women human rights defenders.
ISHR and TIMEP submitted to CEDAW recommendations intended to bring Egypt in line with its constitutional and international legal obligations, and to address the root factors of violations against women.
HRC48: Women defenders engaged in the defense of the right to land, territory and indigenous rights demand that the UN and the international community recognise their key role in protecting humanity and the environment.
During the 48th session of the Human Rights Council, civil society expressed concern and condemnation about an anti LGBTI bill in Ghana, while the second joint government statement on the rights of intersex persons was delivered on behalf of 52 States.
ISHR joined Sudan Women Rights Action, Nora Center for Combating Sexual Violence and MENA WHRD Coalition in calling on the Human Rights Council to support Sudanese women human rights defenders in their struggle for democratic transition, gender equality, peace, and protection from violence.