ISHR Event

Ensuring Transparency in Treaty Body Elections

Save the date for ISHR's event that will focus on treaty bodies and the importance of ensuring transparent elections. ISHR aims to facilitate dialogue about ways to improve treaty bodies and election processes moving forward.

Location and time to be confirmed.

Date: 
Tuesday, October 2, 2018 - 00:00 to Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - 00:15
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Human Rights Defenders: Implementation of Commitments to Ensure their Protection

 

Tuesday 23 October 

13:15-14:45

UNHQ (Room tbc)

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the UN Declaration on human rights defenders. 

The Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders will report to the 73rd session of the General Assembly on 23 October 2018. His report will focus of the situation of human rights defenders in the world, outlining trends, the challenges faced as well as achievements. This report will be complemented and informed by a comprehensive country-by-country analysis of their situation and it will update the 2006 report of the former Special Representative Hina Jilani (E/CN.4/2006/95/Add.5), titled ‘Compilation of developments in the area of human rights defenders’.

Last session Norway presented a resolution to the 72nd session of the GA, focusing on the implementation of previous resolutions and recommendations of the Special Rapporteur. The event will also be an opportunity to reflect on key ideas put forward in the resolution and look towards the outputs of that resolution. 
 

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Date: 
Tuesday, October 23, 2018 - 01:15 to 02:45
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Ending reprisals: Discussion with human rights defenders and experts

Wednesday 19 September

16:00-17:30

Room XXIV, Palais des Nations 

This event seeks to provide a space for human rights defenders and experts to shed light on the nature and extent of reprisals and intimidation against those cooperating with the UN; discuss and expand on the Secretary-General’s report; and to consider efforts to date to address reprisals and intimidation against those cooperating with the UN as well as ways to further develop and strengthen policies and practices to prevent and address reprisals. 

Participants: 

  • Andrew Gilmour, Assistant Secretary General for Human Rights 
  • Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples 
  • National human rights defenders 

Moderator: Phil Lynch, Director of ISHR 

The event is co-sponsored by member States of the core group on reprisals (Fiji, Ghana, Hungary, Ireland and Uruguay). 

Date: 
Wednesday, September 19, 2018 - 16:00 to 17:30
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Shared Space under Pressure: Launch of guidance document on business support for civic freedoms and human rights defenders

Monday 17 September 2018
 
 13.30-14.30
 
Room XXVII, Palais des Nations, Geneva
 

 

Defenders and organisations who expose the risk of abuse by companies in their operations and supply chains are under particular attack.
 
The time is now for responsible business to act to defend civic freedoms and protect human rights defenders.
 
This event will serve to launch a new Guidance Document, and provide an opportunity for States, civil society and business to engage in a critical discussion on its recommendations. 
 
Participants
 
• Khin Ohmar, HRD from Myanmar
• Christian Frutiger, Nestlé   
• Bennett Freeman, author of the guidance document 
 
Moderator: Michael Ineichen, Programme Director, ISHR
 
 

 

Date: 
Monday, September 17, 2018 - 13:30 to 14:30
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Human Rights Council Elections 2018: discussions of candidate States’ visions for membership - GENEVA

Tuesday 11 September 2018

13h30-15h30

Palais des Nations, Room XXII,  Geneva

#HRCpledging 

Download the event flyer here

 

In advance of the Human Rights Council elections that will take place this autumn for the membership term 2019-2021, Amnesty International and the International Service for Human Rights will hold a pledging event for candidate States in Geneva on 11 September 2018.

The event is co-sponsored by the Permanent Missions of Albania, Canada, Chile, Mongolia and Senegal, and is intended to give candidates an opportunity to present their visions for Council membership and to respond to questions from a range of stakeholders on how they propose to realise the pledges and commitments they may have made in seeking election.

 

Can’t make it or have a question? Follow the event live and submit questions to candidates via Twitter: #HRCpledging

Follow the event live: 

https://youtu.be/Omg2xJ5IyRc 

 

A mirror event was held in New York on 5 September. 

 

You will require a UN Ground Pass to attend the event.  If you do not have a UN Grounds Pass, please RSVP by Monday 3 September, 10 AM (CEST time).

Date: 
Tuesday, September 11, 2018 - 12:45
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Human Rights Council Elections 2018: discussions of candidate States’ visions for membership - NEW YORK

Wednesday 5 September 2018, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm 

United Nations Headquaters, New York

Trusteeship Council Room

#HRCpledging 

Download the event flyer here

 

In advance of the Human Rights Council elections that will take place this autumn for the membership term 2019-2021, Amnesty International and the International Service for Human Rights will hold a pledging event for candidate States in New York on 5 September 2018.

The event is co-sponsored by the Permanent Missions of Australia, Chile and Nepal, and is intended to give candidates an opportunity to present their visions for Council membership and to respond to questions from a range of stakeholders on how they propose to realise the pledges and commitments they may have made in seeking election.

State representatives and civil society are invited to participate actively in the event and pose questions to candidate States.

You will require a UN Grounds Pass to attend the event. If you do not have a UN Grounds Pass, please RSVP here by Friday 31 August, 6 PM EST.

 

Can’t make it but have a question for one (or all) of the candidates? 

Follow the event live on UN Web TV: http://webtv.un.org and submit questions to candidates via Twitter: #HRCpledging

 

A mirror event will be held in Geneva on 11 September. 

 

 

 

Date: 
Wednesday, September 5, 2018 - 10:00 to 13:00
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Pledging Event for Iceland as Human Rights Council Candidate

In advance of the election of one country from the Western Europe and Others Group to the Human Rights Council on Friday 13 July 2018, Amnesty International and the International Service for Human Rights will hold a pledging event for Council candidate Iceland.

The event will take place at 10-11.30am on 12 July 2018, in Room 12, UN Headquarters, New York

The event is intended to give Iceland an opportunity to present their vision for Council membership and to respond to questions from a range of stakeholders on how they would realise the pledges and commitments made in seeking election.  

Can’t make it?
Follow the event live and submit questions to the candidates via Twitter using #HRCIcelandPledge.

ISHR has published a ‘scorecard’ for Iceland which can be accessed here.

Please RSVP by 11 July using this linkYou require a grounds pass to attend this event. 

Date: 
Friday, July 6, 2018 - 00:15
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The Yogyakarta Principles +10 and the protection of the rights of transgender people

Thursday 21 June

15:00-16:30

Room XXIII, Palais des Nations, Geneva

See flyer here

This event is organised by ISHR, ILGA, TGEU and GATE. 

The panelists will discuss the Yogyakarta Principles +10 and the protection of the rights of transgender people. 

Attendance with UN accreditation only.

Follow us on Twitter @ILGAWORLD @TGEUorg @GATEOrg @ISHRglobal  #YP+10 #HRC38

Date: 
Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 15:00 to 16:30
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"Non news": Restrictions on freedom of speech and media freedoms in China

Thursday 21 June

11:30 - 13:00

Room XXIV, Palais des Nations, Geneva

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Despite significant concerns raised by the international community, the government of the People’s Republic of China exerts extensive control over freedom of expression. This ranges from content management and regulation of tools to access information (e.g., VPNs) to the criminalisation – including harassment, detention and prosecution – of individuals reporting on human rights violations or distributing information that is seen as critical of the Chinese government, Party and President. 

Hosted by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), FIDH, Human Rights Watch (HRW) and ISHR, the event will feature stories from activists, their supporters and their families. The panellists will discuss the overall situation of freedom of expression in China and draw attention to different ways that freedoms are suppressed online and off, and in different parts of the country. In addition, ISHR and CPJ will present their joint submission for the UPR of China.

Panellists: 

  • Alim Seytoff, Director, RFA Uyghur Service

  • Tibetan human rights defender

  • Sarah M Brooks, International Service for Human Rights

  • David Kaye, Special rapporteur on Freedom of Opinion and Expression 

Moderator: Didi Kirsten Tatlow, Mercator Institute Fellow.

Attendance with UNOG pass only.

Follow us on Twitter @CPJAsia @fidh_un @hrw @ISHRglobal  #ChinaUPR #freedex #HRC38 

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Date: 
Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 11:30 to 13:00
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Effective public policies to protect the right to defend human rights

Wednesday 20 June 

16:00-17:00

Room V, Palais des Nations. Geneva

See the flyer here

You are invited to the launch of PI and CEJIL publication "The time is Now: Effective public policies to protect the right to defend human rights". This is the first in-depth comparative study of protection mechanisms for human rights defenders in the Americas. This will be followed by a discussion focusing on:

  • Progress, setbacks and challenges in the creation of public policies for the protection of human rights defenders;
  • Global developments regarding laws for the recognition and protection of human rights defenders; and
  • Recommendations for State authorities to guarantee and protect the right to defend human rights.

Panelists will include:

  • Joel Hernandez - Inter-American Commission on Human Rights
  • Mauricio Angel - Protection International
  • Alejandra Vicente - Centre for Justice and International Law
  • Tess McEvoy - International Service for Human Rights
  • Triffi Bassam, Tunisian League of Human Rights 
  • Luisa Rios, Peruvian Society for Environmental Law

Follow us on twitter @ProtectionInt @cejil @ISHRglobal  #thetimeisnow #HRC38

Attendance only with UN accreditation.

 

Date: 
Wednesday, June 20, 2018 - 16:00 to 17:00
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