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UNGA77: UN Expert calls on international community to protect LGBT communities and defenders during armed conflict

Widespread discrimination coupled with gaps in the international legal framework and risks in data collection increases violence against LGBT community and human rights defenders in conflict and post conflict situations, concludes the Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in a dialogue with the UN Third Committee.

UNGA77: UN experts call for protection of human rights defenders in addressing environment and climate crises

In their Interactive Dialogues with States during the Third Committee of the General Assembly, Special Rapporteurs on the promotion and protection of human rights in the context of climate change and on the issue of human rights obligations relating to the enjoyment of a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment emphasised the critical role of defenders in addressing the environment and climate crises, urging States and non State actors to take measures to protect them.

Key issues on the Agenda of the General Assembly 77th Session’s Third Committee

The Third Committee, the UN General Assembly’s principal human rights committee, has just kicked off its deliberations. This year's session will run for eight weeks, from 29 September to 18 November 2022, and it will be chaired by Ambassador José Alfonso Blanco Conde of the Dominican Republic. Below is ISHR's outline of expected reports, resolutions and events relating to human rights defenders and strengthening of the UN human rights system.