ISHR Event

Human Rights Council Elections 2018: discussions of candidate States’ visions for membership - GENEVA

Tuesday 11 September 2018

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Palais des Nations, Room TBC,  Geneva

#HRCpledging 

 

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

A mirror event will be held in New York on 5 September. 

 

You will require a UN Ground Pass to attend the event.

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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 

 

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 Ground Pass to attend the event.

 

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

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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

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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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Human rights defenders at risk: Challenges and lessons learned from Honduras

Wednesday 21 March 
3:30pm
Room XXV
Palais des Nations, Geneva

In November 2017, general government elections took place in Honduras. A series of irregularities led large sectors of the population to question the credibility of the process and to mobilise on the streets in defense of democracy. 

In response, the government declared a state of emergency and agents of the National Police, the Military Police of the Public Order and the Army were deployed throughout the country, using excessive force. Serious violations of human rights took place. During those days, human rights defenders, journalists and social communicators continued to work under high-risk conditions.

What were the facts? What challenges do human rights defenders currently face in order to recover the full exercise of their rights in conditions of security? What are the lessons learned for the countries of Central America and other regions of the world?

Based on the analysis of the facts (1), a conversation between international observers and human rights defenders who have experienced this situation directly seeks to answer these questions.

Chair: 

  • Anabella Sibrián, Director of the International Platform against Impunity

Panellists

  • María Soledad Pazo, Representative of the OHCHR in Honduras
  • Hedme Castro, Director of ACI-Participa
  • Edy Tábora, Director of C-Libre and member of  Coalition Against Impunity
  • Helen Nolan, International Service for Human Rights

This event is organised by the International Platform Against Impunity. 
Languages: English and Spanish. Attendance with UN identification pass only.

[1] Naciones Unidas Derechos Humanos, Oficina del Alto Comisionado.  Las violaciones a los derechos humanos en el contexto de las elecciones de 2017 en Honduras. Tegucigalpa, 2018.

Photo by Sasha Maksymenko

Date: 
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - 15:30
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MAKING PROTECTION REAL: Implementing the Declaration on Human Rights Defenders

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

4:30 to 6:00pm

Room XXII

Palais des Nations, Geneva

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 In the month of the International Women’s Day and in the year of the 20th Anniversary of the Declaration on Human Rights Defenders, this event will highlight the experience of women human rights defenders and the implementation of the Declaration.

 It will also share findings and recommendations related to a recent joint research on implementation carried out by the Colombian Commission of Jurists, the Tunisian League for Human Rights and ISHR.

 Panellists: 

  • Ana Maria Rodriguez – Colombian Commission of Jurists
  • Djingarey Maiga – Femmes et Droits Humains Mali
  • Curtis Peters – Permanent Mission of Canada

 Moderator:

  • Pooja Patel - International Service for Human Rights

 Co-Sponsor:

  • Colombian Commission of Jurists

We hope you can join us. Attendance with UN identification pass only!

Photo: Karla Cote

 

Date: 
Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 16:30 to 18:00
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The UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders at 20: Legitimating the work of Women Human Rights Defenders

March 16, 2018 13:15-14:30

Conference Room 11

UNHQ, New York

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The UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders is a landmark in human rights history, recognising that our freedoms depend on those who struggle for their protection. The Declaration has played an important role in expressly stating the right to defend human rights, and outlines the duties of States in this regard. As it forms the basis of key protection mechanisms, such as national and regional guidelines for the protection of human rights defenders, it has thus legitimated the work of human rights defenders. Twenty years on, women human rights defenders are marking this anniversary year to reflect on the significance of the Declaration to their work, movements and identities. Join us for this dynamic conversation on making women human rights defenders visible in the implementation of the Declaration!

Panelists:

  • Opening remarks by Ms Ine Eriksen Søreide, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Norway
  • Evdokia Romanova, Youth Coalition for Sexual and Reproductive Rights
  • Weaam Youssef, Gulf Centre for Human Rights
  • Alma Sinumlag, Cordillera Women’s Education Action Research Center
  • Lopa Banerjee, UN Women Civil Society Division
  • Closing remarks by Ms Neziha Labidi, Minister of Women, the Family and Childhood, Tunisia 
Date: 
Friday, March 16, 2018 - 13:15 to 14:30
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HRC Side Event | Protecting the Human Rights of Migrants

Friday 2 March 2018

12:00 - 1:30 pm

Palais des Nations (Room XXIII)

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In the context of an increasingly restrictive environment which tends to consider migration as a security issue that takes precedence over rights' protection, the Association for the Prevention of Torture (APT), in cooperation with the International Detention Coalition (IDC) and the International Service for Human Rights (ISHR), and with the support of the Swiss Permanent Mission, convene a side event to discuss how to enhance the rights of migrants and of those defending their rights. The focus will be put on the on-going process to negotiate the Global Compact on Migration.

The reports of the Special Rapporteur on Torture and the Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders respectively focus on torture and other ill-treatment in the context of migration and the experience of human rights defenders working in the context of people on the move. Their reports will be presented to the Human Rights Council in March.

In addition, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) will present to the Human Rights Council in March a report on the Principles and Guidelines, supported by practical guidance on the protection of the human rights of migrants in vulnerable situations. 

The side event will allow each expert's findings to feed into this process.

Panelists:

  • Nils Melzer, Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment
  • Laurel Townhead, Representative, Human Rights and Refugees, Quaker United Nations Office
  • Michel Forst, Special Rapporteur on the situation of Human Rights Defenders
  • Pia Oberoi, Advisor on Migration and Human Rights, Thematic engagement, Special Procedures and Rights to Development Division, OHCHR

Moderator:

  • Barbara Bernath, Chief of Operations, APT

We hope you can join us. Attendance with UN identification pass only!

Photo: Gémes Sándor/SzomSz

Date: 
Friday, March 2, 2018 - 12:00 to 13:30
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