A dangerous lack of consistency in the recognition and protection of Women Human Rights Defenders threatens their lives globally.
Twenty leading human rights organisations from across the world have come together to develop a concrete plan to make the UN Human Rights Council more accessible to rights holders, more protective for victims of human rights violations, and more effective in holding States and non-State actors to account.
Despite significant concerns raised by a range of stakeholders over the past year, including ISHR, Chinese lawmakers look ready to adopt a revised draft law governing activities of NGOs. The negative impact on defenders is expected to be severe.
Civil society representatives had the opportunity to pose questions to the candidates for the position of UN Secretary-General during an historic informal dialogue within the UN General Assembly.
The establishment of the Human Rights Council in 2006 set a new course for global human rights. Since then, the Council has played a key role in preventing violations, mobilising international action on country situations, and promoting peace, security and sustainable development. The next ten years should be marked by enhanced efforts at the Council to ensure accountability, uphold human dignity and promote universal rights, says Jan Eliasson.