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Wrap Up | Human Rights Council pledging events

This week, in sister events in New York and Geneva, 15 candidate States presented their vision for Human Rights Council membership for the period 2018 – 2020. They also responded to questions on how they would realise their pledges and commitments.

HRC34 | Council unites to stand with human rights defenders

The Human Rights Council has united to adopt a consensus resolution on the protection of human rights defenders. The resolution, extending the mandate of the UN Special Rapporteur, comes at a time when the work of defenders has never been more important nor more threatened.

Human rights defender’s story: Iftikhar Mubarik from Pakistan

Iftikhar Mubarik from Pakistan, associated with the Children Advocacy Network, champions children's rights, focusing on policy advocacy and the implementation of the CRC to address issues like child exploitation, marriage disparity, and the need for an empowered children's rights commission.

Human Rights Council: Speak out strongly for civil society protection

Members of the UN's top human rights body should support the positive contribution of civil society to the protection of human rights, and resist attempts to undermine a resolution intended to respond to the global crackdown on civil society, a group of more than 240 civil society groups said today.

230 NGOs call for defence of freedom of association at the UN

In an unprecedented move, more than 230 non-governmental organisations from over 45 countries around the world have joined forces to defend freedom of association at the United Nations, calling on the UN Economic and Social Council to reform the practice of the Committee of NGOs and institute apolitical, fair and transparent consideration of NGO applications for consultative status.