ISHR has published ‘scorecards’ for States seeking election to the UN Human Rights Council for 2023-2025 to help inform voting States’ decisions in the upcoming election.
Today, UN member States elected members to the UN's top human rights body, the Human Rights Council, for the 2022-2024 term. 18 candidates ran for 18 seats, and all were elected, leaving civil society disappointed in a process that can hardly be called an election.
This week in an online event, 10 candidate States publicly spoke to an audience of around 200 people on their pledges as incoming Human Rights Council members for 2022 – 2024. They also faced questions on pressing human rights issues from both States and civil society organisations.
ISHR has published ‘scorecards’ for States seeking election to the UN Human Rights Council for 2022-2024 to help inform voting States’ decisions in the upcoming election.
This year, celebrating the 20th anniversary of the UN Declaration on human rights defenders calls on us to assess what has been done since then and to reflect on what can be done for the next 20 years in Africa.
20 years after the adoption of the UN Declaration on human rights defenders, where are we on the legal protection of defenders in West Africa? To assess the progress made but also the challenges that still remain in the region, ISHR in collaboration with the West African Human Rights Defenders Network (WAHRDN), the Ivorian Coalition of Human Rights Defenders (CIDDH) and HRCnet, is organising a workshop with defenders coming from all around the region.
The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the African Commission) held its 61st ordinary session from 1 to 15 November 2017. This session was marked by the celebration of the Commission’s 30th anniversary.
During the NGO Forum preceding the 61st session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights, ISHR organised a panel on the state of promotion and protection of human rights defenders at the national level.
Interacting with the international and regional human rights mechanisms takes some skills and tools. ISHR recently organised a training for African human rights defenders to help them polish their knowledge.
The International Criminal Court is needed to ensure justice for victims and to send a clear warning to future would-be tyrants that they will be held accountable, writes ISHR’s Clément Voule.