ISHR Event

Human rights in China - Strengthening calls for accountability

Thursday 27 June

12-1pm

Room XXVII, Palais des Nations, Geneva

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Notwithstanding its alarming human rights records, China still remains a member of the Human Rights Council, a position in which they have sought to shield themselves from scrutiny rather than live up to the highest human rights standards. For more than a year, the international community has had access to credible reports and first-hand testimony of the harassment, surveillance, and mass detention of more than one million Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslims in Xinjiang. At the same time, the 2015 crackdown on lawyers has let in a traumatic state those at the vanguard of human rights protection. Against a complete collapse of the Rule of Law and human rights in China, the attempt from the Government of Hong Kong to pass a bill facilitating extradition to mainland China generated unprecedented protests since early June 2019.

The side event will address those key issues, which all together contribute to illustrate bigger structural problems in the country.  It will also be the occasion to reiterate the call upon the Council to take urgent action to seek access, monitoring and reporting of the situation to hold China accountable for large scale human rights violations. The situation in Xinjiang is a test of the Council’s prevention mandate, adherence to its membership criteria, and its willingness and ability to put universal human rights above economic interests and political expediency.

Panellists:

  • John Fisher, Human Rights Watch, Geneva Director
  • Sarah M Brooks, International Service for Human Rights, Asia advocate
  • Arthur Moses SC, Law Council of Australia, President (video intervention)

Moderated by Claire Denman, CSW, Geneva representative.

 

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Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 12:00 to 13:00
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Human Rights Council Elections 2019: discussions of candidate States’ visions for membership - NEW YORK

Friday 6 September 2019

10:00 am - 1:00 pm 

United Nations Headquarters, New York

Trusteeship Council Chamber

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#HRCpledging 

 

In advance of the Human Rights Council elections that will take place this autumn for the membership term 2020-2022, Amnesty International and the International Service for Human Rights will hold a pledging event for candidate States in New York on 6 September 2019.

The event is co-sponsored by the Permanent Missions of the Bahamas and Denmark 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, civil society, national human rights institutions (NHRIs) and other key stakeholders 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 send a request to cartro@um.dk including the following information: first name, last name, phone, email, name of your organisation by Tuesday 3 September, 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: @ISHRglobal #HRCpledging

 

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

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Date: 
Friday, September 6, 2019 - 10:00 to 13:00
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Human Rights Council Elections 2019: discussions of candidate States’ visions for membership - GENEVA

Wednesday 11 September 2019

(time tbc)

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 2020-2022, Amnesty International and the International Service for Human Rights will hold a pledging event for candidate States in Geneva on 11 September 2019.

The event is co-sponsored by the Permanent Missions of the Czech Republic, Denmark and Fiji. It 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, civil society, national human rights institutions (NHRIs) and other key stakeholders are invited to participate actively in the event and pose questions to candidate States. 

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

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(link will be shared in due time)

 

A mirror event will be held in New York on 6 September. 

 

Date: 
Wednesday, September 11, 2019 - 12:45
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Strengthening Human Rights Council membership

Monday 1 July

13.00-14.30

UN Delegates Restaurant 8th floor, 

Palais des Nations, Geneva

Please RSVP by clicking here to confirm your participation at this event.

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ISHR, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch will launch a report on strengthening Human Rights Council (HRC) membership. The report is the summary outcome of a one-day consultation with human rights defenders, States, OHCHR, NHRIs and civil society organisations. The discussions addressed two important and interlinked questions regarding HRC membership: 

  • how can we encourage greater respect and application of the membership criteria clearly set out in GA resolution 60/251; and 
  • how can a State’s membership of the HRC be leveraged for positive change on human rights at national level?

The reception will provide an opportunity for the presentation of some of the key challenges, opportunities and practical recommendations identified in the report, including with regards to good practice relating to candidacy and membership of the HRC.

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Date: 
Monday, July 1, 2019 - 13:00 to 14:30
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First Annual Conference of the Geneva Human Rights Platform - The connectivity of human rights mechanisms

Monday 3 June

09:00-18:00

Maison de la Paix, Geneva

The first Annual Conference of the Geneva Human Rights Platform (GHRP) will focus on the connectivity of human rights mechanisms both within the United Nations (UN) human rights system, but also with national and regional mechanisms.

It aims at creating an annual space for open discussion on the functioning of the Geneva-based human rights mechanisms and proposals for potential improvements to keep them fit for purpose.

Four panels, co-organised with partner institutions, will explore the connectivity of human rights mechanisms by focusing on particular issues and on how the mechanisms address them. ISHR will be co-organising the third panel along with OHCHR and the Centre for Civil and Political Rights. The panel will discuss how the Geneva-based UN human rights mechanisms are contributing to international policy development and global debates, highlighting as examples their contribution to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), and the way these mechanisms help enhancing civic space and address the challenges of reprisals against those informing and collaborating with them.

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Date: 
Monday, June 3, 2019 - 09:00 to 18:00
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Asylum rights at the U.S. border

Date: 
Wednesday, March 13, 2019 - 15:00
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Egypt: The Price of Silence

Thursday 7 March

12:00-13:00

Room XXV, Palais des Nations. Geneva

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The current human rights situation in Egypt continues to worsen. Eight years after the 2011 uprising almost all forms of dissent have been repressed while arbitrary detention and torture continue to be reported. An NGO law has greatly reduced the capacity of independent civil society organizations to operate. Human rights defenders and individuals who have cooperated or have attempted to cooperate with the UN have been subjected to human rights violations and reprisals by the government to silence criticism. Egyptian authorities are increasingly using counterterrorism and state-of-emergency laws and courts to prosecute journalists, activists, and critics for their peaceful activities.

Chair and speakers: 

  • Bahey Eldin Hassan, Director,  Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies
  • Andrea Rocca, Deputy Director, Front Line Defenders
  • Amr Magdi,  Middle East and North Africa Researcher, Human Rights Watch
  • Shymaa Aboelkhir, Media and Advocacy Officer, Committee for Justice (CFJ)

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Date: 
Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 12:00 to 13:00
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Can there be peace and security without women human rights defenders? 

Tuesday 12 March 2019

10:00 - 11:15 am

CR12, UNHQ, New York

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Women human rights defenders dedicate their lives to challenging inequalities and violations that can lead to and occur during conflict. At this event, women human rights defenders from three conflict and post-conflict contexts will make the case that sustaining peace is not possible without those that defend rights.  

Opening remarks: 

  • Dag-Inge Ulstein, Minister of International Development, Norway
  • Ambassador Gustavo Meza-Cuadra, Permanent Representative of Peru to the UN
  • Representative of Cote d’Ivoire (tbc)

Civil society speakers: 

  • Diana María Salcedo Lopez, LIMPAL, Colombia 
  • Gistam Sakaeva, Doveriye Trust, Chechnya
  • Safa Al Ahmad, journalist and filmmaker, on Yemen 

Intervention from:  Ivana RadačIć, Chair of the Working Group on Discrimination in Law and Practice

Closing remarks:  Ambassador Karen Pierce, Permanent Representative of the UK to the UN

In attendance: Her Royal Highness Countess of Wessex

 

We're hoping to have a lively debate, please join us!  

You'll need a UN or CSW pass to attend.

 

Follow the discussion on Twitter: #CSW63 #WHRDsworkforpeace

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Date: 
Tuesday, March 12, 2019 - 10:00 to 11:15
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Saudi Arabia - Time for Accountability

4 March 2019

11.00

Room XXII, Palais des Nations, Geneva

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Saudi Arabia – Time for Accountability seeks todraw on the ndings of the reports of the Special Rapporteurs on Counter-Terrorism and Human Rights Defenders on the current human rights situation in Saudi Arabia. The panellists will re ect on the impact of disproportionate counter-terrorism measures on fundamental freedoms. Focus will be placed on the Saudi human rights defenders who have been unjustly prosecuted, tortured, ill-treated and arbitrarily detained in recent years, with a particular emphasis on women human rights defenders. The panellists will also discuss ways to engage the international community, as well as the role of Special Procedures, in ensuring that the Saudi authorities are held to account.

Panellists

  • Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism
  • Michel Forst, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders
  • Johannes Mosskin, Right Livelihood Award Foundation
  • Julia Legner, MENA Rights GroupYahya Assiri, Saudi human rights
  • defender and Executive Director of Alqst
  • Zaynab Al-Khawaja, Gulf Centre for Human Rights
  • Omaima al-Najjar, Saudi blogger and human rights defender
  • Gerald Staberock, OMCT

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Date: 
Monday, March 4, 2019 - 11:00
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Uncensored: Views on Law and Practice of Freedom of Expression in China

Wednesday 13 March

13.30-14.30

Room XXIII, Palais des Nations, Geneva

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In November 2018, China underwent its Universal Periodic Review, a peer review by UN Member States about progress and challenges in protecting human rights. In this process, governments made many recommendations aimed at supporting the promotion and protection of freedom of expression in the country, both online and off.

At the March 2019 session of the Human Rights Council, China will report back in Geneva, to tell the world what recommendations it will accept. Given limited dialogue in the Council room, this public side event will elevate the views of civil society actors who are committed to seeing improvements in the protection of freedom of expression in China.

Panellists: 

  • Judith Lichtenberg, Director of Lawyers for Lawyers
  • A 1989 student and democracy activist
  • A representative of Uyghur PEN
  • Steve Butler, Asia Programme Coordinator at the Committee to Protect Journalists
  • Sarah M Brooks, Asia Advocate at the International Service for Human Rights

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Date: 
Wednesday, March 13, 2019 - 13:30 to 14:30
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