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.
Overbearing State legislation and other limitations in Kazakhstan that severely restrict freedom of expression and assembly, human rights monitoring and activism must be lifted, ISHR has said in a new report to the UN Human Rights Committee.
(Geneva) - Kazakhstan is scheduled to be reviewed at the 20th session of the Universal Periodic Review in October 2014. Freedom of expression and assembly are severely restricted in Kazakhstan, with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights recently expressing concern that the space for civil society and public criticism is shrinking rather than expanding, both in law and in practice. Internet freedoms have been severely curtailed in recent years, with a 2010 law enabling the blocking of domestic and foreign websites and the restriction of personal blogs and chat rooms.