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HRC45 | Turkey must protect human rights defenders

At the 45th session of the UN Human Rights Council, during the adoption of the UPR of Turkey, ISHR delivered a statement highlighting the heightened threats and attacks against human rights defenders and called on the Turkish government to ensure that defenders can carry out their legitimate activities without fear of attack, reprisal and judicial harassment.

HRC43 | Speaking out and pushing for accountability vital to address widespread violations

The Human Rights Council should support investigations and accountability for widespread human rights violations - including systematic and targeted attacks and reprisals against human rights defenders - in China, Egypt, India, Saudi Arabia and Venezuela, ISHR said today. Meanwhile, it is imperative that the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and the UN Secretary General speak out and develop policies to provide protection and solidarity to defenders, their families and their communities.

HRC36 | Key issues on agenda of September session

The 36th session of the UN Human Rights Council, from 11 to 29 September 2017, will consider issues including women's rights, reprisals, arbitrary detention and enforced disappearance. It will also present an opportunity to address grave human rights situations in States including Burundi, China, Myanmar and Yemen. Here's an overview of some of the key issues on the agenda.

Turkey | NGO Committee aids state seeking to silence NGOs

The UN Committee on NGOs has recommended withdrawal of ECOSOC accreditation to three Turkish NGOs which were controversially deregistered in the country last year. In a letter to the UN Secretary General, Member States and the President of ECOSOC, a group of national, regional and international NGOs are urging ECOSOC to reject the Committee’s recommendations, expressing deep concern for a lack of due process and insisting on the urgent need for reform.