On 8 December 2023, the UN Human Rights Council (the Council) announced that a vote is expected in January 2024, possibly on 10 January 2024, to elect the Council’s President for the 18th cycle in 2024 from the Africa Group. The State representatives who have put forward their candidacies are Morocco and South Africa. In a joint letter, NGOs urge all members of the Council to elect the Council President based on Council membership criteria.
ISHR, together with a coalition of Venezuelan and international organisations had campaigned for the renewal of the mandate, highlighting the importance of the FFM in investigating violations and its potential as a deterrent for further atrocities.
We will continue to support human rights defenders and organisations in Venezuela with their crucial work and collaboration with the Mission and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in the country.
Venezuelan and international civil society groups and defenders have welcomed this outcome, as both the Mission and OHCHR have proved effective at highlighting gross violations committed by the Maduro regime. Both bodies have ensured the attention of the international community has remained on Venezuela despite multiple global crises. The Mission has also provided victims of violations with the hope that perpetrators will be held to account.
We hope this renewal will put more pressure on the Maduro government and make it clear they will not escape accountability for their crimes.Clara Ramírez, interim director of FundaRedes
The FFM plays a key preventative role in making gross violations of civil and political rights visible.Wanda Cedeño, coordinator of Voto Joven
ISHR joins forces with global civil society groups in a joint appeal at the Human Rights Council for enhanced, inclusive, and secure civil society participation in human rights dialogues. Read the full statement here.
ISHR and the #Right2DefendRights coalition of 17 members are calling on all UN Member States to celebrate 25 years of the UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders by joining the UN 'Push for Pledges' campaign.