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GA Side Event | Expanding civic space at the UN

Tuesday, 17 October, 1:15pm - 2:30pm
72nd Session of the UN General Assembly – Third Committee
UN Headquarters, New York, Conference Room E

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The side event, organised by CIVICUS, will bring together the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, State representatives, UN bodies and civil society to discuss how each, individually and collectively, can more effectively promote and protect civic space in the UN system through the development of responsive and inclusive UN mechanisms and processes.  Eleanor Openshaw, Head of the New York Office of ISHR has been invited as a panelist.

Permanent Missions of Chile and Ireland, ARTICLE 19, CIVICUS, ECNL, ICNL, INCLO, International Service for Human Rights, Solidarity Center and the World Movement for Democracy

Professor Annalisa Ciampi, UN Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association

  • H.E. Mr. Cristián Barros Melet, Ambassador of Chile - Opening Remarks
  • Craig Mokhiber, Director, New York Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
  • Eleanor Openshaw, Head of NY Office, International Service for Human Rights (ISHR)
  • Simon Steyne, Senior Adviser on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work (FPRW), International Labor Organization
  • Orsolya Bartha, Senior Advisor on Sustainable Development, Human Rights and Gender Related Issues, The International Disability Alliance

To attend please RSVP by email to tor.hodenfield@civicus.org and jeffery.huffines@civicus.org

Attendance with UN identification badges pass only!

25 Owl Street
JohannesburgGauteng 2092
South Africa

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 13:15 to 14:30
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Save the date - Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders


Tuesday October 10, 2017

Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders

The City of Geneva and the Martin Ennals Foundation are honored to invite you to the 2017 Martin Ennals Award Ceremony:

October 10, 2017, 6.00 pm, at Uni Dufour, Geneva

during the opening day of the Human Rights Week hosted by the University of Geneva from October 11 to 12 and with the support of the Republic and canton of Geneva. 

The 2017 finalists

The laureate will be selected from among three 2017 finalists:
Karla Avelar (El Salvador) is a transgender woman who defends the rights of LGBTI persons. She suffered discrimination, exploitation, and rape.

FreeThe5KH (Cambodia) are five senior staff members from the Cambodian Human Rights and Development Association (ADHOC) who have been in pre-trial detention for over one year. 

Mohamed Zaree (Egypt), from the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies, is a legal scholar coordinating research to challenge laws designed to limit NGOs activities working on human rights.

The jury

The finalists and laureate are selected by the Jury of the Martin Ennals Award, made up of ten of the world’s leading human rights organizations: Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Human Rights First, FIDH, World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), Frontline Defenders, the International Commission of Jurists, EWDE-Germany, the International Service for Human Rights, and HURIDOCS.

Screening of documentaries on the finalists and reception

Short documentaries on the life of these finalists will be screened for the first time, giving a glimpse of their fight and the particularly difficult conditions in which they work. The evening will conclude with a reception hosted by the City of Geneva, allowing the 2017 finalists, the Geneva community of human rights and the public to exchange in an informal setting.

Last year’s film portraits can be seen here.

The City of Geneva has been supporting this award since 2005 as part of its commitment to the promotion of peace and human rights.

Save the date in your agenda. An invitation and the detailed programme of the evening open to the public will follow at the beginning of September.

Register now on the Martin Ennals Award’s website.

External Affairs Office

City of Geneva

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - 18:00
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2014 Martin Ennals Award ceremony

Tuesday, 7 October 2014, 6.00 pm

Uni-Dufour, Jean-Piaget auditorium, U-600

The ceremony will be held in French and in English

A live broadcast will be given in the Charles-Rouiller auditorium, U-300, located in the same building.

The City of Geneva, in partnership with the Martin Ennals Foundation, will host the 21st ceremony of the Martin Ennals Award for human rights defenders.

This event is part of the Human Rights Week, organized from 7 to 9 October 2014 at the University of Geneva and focused on the rights of the child. 

The Martin Ennals Award is given to Human Rights Defenders who have shown deep commitment and face great personal risk. Its aim is to highlight their work and protect them through increased visibility. Each year, the nominees are selected by a jury comprised of ten of the most important non-governmental human rights organisations, including International Service for Human Rights.

For this edition, Mr Zeid Ra'ad Al-Hussein, United Nations High-Commissioner for Human Rights, will hand out the award to one of the three nominees below :

Ms Cao Shunli (China) who lost her life on March 14th, 2014, had vigorously advocated since 2008 for access to information, freedom of speech and freedom of assembly, encouraging strengthened domestic implementation of international mechanisms.

Mr Adilur Rahman Khan (Bangladesh) has worked since the 1990's on a wide range of humain rights issues, such as illegal detention, enforced disapearances, extra-judicial killing, and elections monitoring with his non-governmental organization, Odhikar.

Ms Alejandra Ancheita (Mexico) founder and Executive Director of ProDESC, has worked for more than 15 years with migrants, workers, and indigenous communities to protect their land and labour rights vis a vis transnational mining and energy companies. 

For more information visit the website: http://www.martinennalsaward.org

Download the flyer here.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014 - 18:00
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17th session of the Universal Periodic Review Working Group

17th session of the Universal Periodic Review Working Group (21 October - 1 November, Geneva)

Monday, October 21, 2013 - 15:30 to Friday, November 1, 2013 - 15:30
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109th session of the Human Rights Committee

109th session of the Human Rights Committee (14 October - 1 November, Geneva)

Monday, October 14, 2013 - 13:30 to Friday, November 1, 2013 - 13:30
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64th session of the Committee on the Rights of the Child

64th session of the Committee on the Rights of the Child (16 September - 4 October, Geneva)

Monday, September 16, 2013 - 13:30 to Friday, October 4, 2013 - 13:30
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10th session of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

10th session of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (2 - 13 September, Geneva)

Monday, September 2, 2013 - 13:30 to Friday, September 13, 2013 - 13:30
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