ISHR and 90+ civil society organisations call on European States to revisit Palestinian/Israeli NGO funding cuts, stressing vital human rights roles, policy alignment needs, and debunking baseless terror claims.
One of the immediate and catastrophic consequences of the global pandemic was that UN Treaty Body sessions could no longer be held in person in Geneva. NGOs from all world regions called on the Treaty Bodies to find new ways to fulfil their mandate, and the UN to provide the necessary resources for the protection gap to be avoided.
Following the pioneering resumption of States parties reviews by the Disappearances Committee in September 2020, most fellow Treaty Bodies followed suit and started to pilot online reviews, except for the Committee against Torture. In a joint private letter submitted to the Committee in March 2021, NGOs highlighted the crucial role of the Committee in countering impunity worldwide and promoting state accountability for worst crimes.
“The Committee’s decision to hold its first online review of a State party in the context of global restrictions on travel sends a positive message to torture survivors and rights holders everywhere that it will continue to hold States accountable when they torture” says Asger Kjaerum from the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT), “we hope that sustainable avenues can be found for the Committee to continue to fulfil its core mandated functions in a global context where we all have to reinvent the way we work” he concludes.
The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights concluded its 77th Ordinary Session held in Arusha, United Republic of Tanzania from 20 October to 9 November 2023. During the session, the Commission renewed its Bureau. It received solemn declarations from elected and re-elected members and launched several documents and newsletters, among others.
ISHR and Outright International celebrate the adoption by United Nations Third Committee Member States today of a resolution on elections and democratic processes that, for the second time, specifically includes sexual orientation and gender identity as prohibited grounds of discrimination in people’s right to participate in public affairs.