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.
With this year being declared as the ‘African Year for Human Rights’, ACHPR Special Rapporteur Reine Alapini-Gansou, reviews the progress achieved, challenges faced and important role intended for her mandate in the protection of human rights defenders in Africa.
In a joint report, ISHR and ACDHRS call on CEDAW to ensure that the concerns of WHRDs in The Gambia are well reflected, that their work is safeguarded and recognised, and to strengthen its response to reprisals in line with recently issued treaty body guidelines.
(Geneva) - The Gambia is scheduled to be reviewed at the 20th session of the Universal Periodic Review in October 2014. Restrictive legislation, judicial harassment, defamation, arbitrary arrest, disappearances and impunity mean that human rights defenders remain at significant risk in The Gambia.