In a landmark decision, the UN CEDAW committee found that Libya violated the rights of a woman human rights defender and issued recommendations to better respect, protect and support the work of women defenders.
Civil society organisations welcomed significant outcomes of the Human Rights Council's 40th session, including the consensus adoption of a resolution on environmental human rights defenders, continued Council scrutiny over Sri Lanka, Myanmar, South Sudan, Syria and Iran, as well as initiation of Council action on Nicaragua and several joint statements on Saudi Arabia, Chechnya and Cameroon.
Worlwide we are simultaneously witnessing a democratic recession on the part of governments and an increasing appetite for democracy on the part of ordinary people. We must respond with an increased commitment to the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly, association and expression, writes UN expert Maina Kiai.
(Geneva) - Libya is scheduled to be reviewed at the 22nd session of the Universal Periodic Review in April 2015. In the past two years, Libya has seen an increase in the number of NGOs and media activities. However, vague and restrictive legislation continues to stifle the work of human rights defenders, whilst ongoing insecurity, armed militia activity and challenges to the rule of law imply elevated risks for activists, journalists and legal professionals, thus threatening Libya’s democratic transition.
The 51st Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights was held from 18 April to 2 May 2012. ISHR's 'Kumulika' report analyses developments at the Commission and preceding NGO Forum sessions, for those seeing to build stronger systems for promoting and protecting human rights.