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Elections | Human Rights Council Pledging Event 2021

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.

Human Rights Defender Profile: Arutchelvan Subramaniams from Malaysia

Arutchelvan Subramaniams, known as Arul, is a prominent grassroots human rights defender. He works primarily for the protection of economic, social and cultural rights - including housing rights for the urban poor, the rights of farmers, plantation and industrial workers, as well as the rights of indigenous communities. Arul talks to ISHR about the challenges faced in his work and the importance of developing trust within communities in carrying out his work.

Tackling the democratic recession

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.

Khartini Slamah: Malaysian LGBTI Rights Defender

Khartini Slamah is a Malaysian transgender human rights defender working on HIV/AIDS and the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. She has more than 27 years’ experience in HIV/AIDS work at the national, regional and International levels, working closely with the transgender and sex worker communities. She currently works with ISEAN Hivos Program, PT Foundation as the TG program manager in Malaysia.