Eleven States vying for seats at the UN Human Rights Council for 2023-2025 joined ISHR and Amnesty International’s annual pledging event, outlining their commitments to advancing the human rights agenda and fielding questions from civil society.
Human rights defenders and victims must be able to engage freely and safely with UN treaty bodies and must be protected against any form of intimidation or reprisal in association with this engagement. The Committee on Migrant Workers (CMW) publicly condemned reprisals of a Kyrgyzstan court against two organisations— ADC Memorial and Bir-Duino Kyrgyzstan — for submitting a report to the Committee that the court deemed ‘extremist material’.
The recently appointed high-level UN official mandated to combat acts of intimidation or reprisals should ensure that he is visible and accessible to victims and rights holders and active in pursuing accountability for perpetrators, ISHR told the Human Rights Council today.
Lira Ismailova talks to ISHR about her work protecting human rights defenders in Kyrgyzstan, where new restrictive legislation and Russian influence is shrinking civil society space.