10 years after the first SOGI resolution was passed at the Council, 27 States launch the Group of Friends of the mandate of the UN Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Tess McEvoy from ISHR and Gabriel Galil from ILGA World tell the story.
The ECOSOC Committee on NGOs has just completed its first 2021 session after two postponed sessions due to Covid-19 restrictions. Failing to move with the times, the Committee did not allow for virtual participation of NGOs in Q&As, something States called out and which must be addressed at the next session in August.
At the most recent ECOSOC NGO Committee session, unfounded accusations of terrorism made against a human rights defender were challenged by some States but ultimately left unretracted. A trend of such accusations is emerging within the NGO Committee and ECOSOC - bodies responsible for overseeing the relationship between the UN and NGOs.
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.
The Human Rights Council has elected a new President and Vice-Presidents for 2016, with ISHR delivering a civil society statement on the responsibilities that come with the Presidency and, more broadly, with Council membership.
‘If we do not defend human rights defenders, we do not defend human rights’, Germany pronounced during the high-level segment with which the Human Rights Council’s 25th session opened. The statement set the tone for a session in which the role of human rights defenders, the risks they face and the need to protect them, has been forefront.