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19 Sep

During the second interactive dialogue on reprisals with the Assistant Secretary-General, only Germany and Costa Rica raised specific cases of reprisals in Egypt and Nicaragua, respectively. The Bahamas and the Maldives shared good practices. Other States condemned reprisals rhetorically, expressing particular concern about reprisals and intimidation against women human rights defenders and LGBTIQ defenders, as well as by Council members.

18 Sep

Ahead of the upcoming UN Human Rights Council elections in the UN General Assembly in October 2019, ISHR, CIVICUS and Human Rights House Foundation urged all UN Member States to not vote for any State candidate that commits acts of intimidation and reprisals.  

16 Sep

In a statement to the Human Rights Council, ISHR expressed its solidarity with those disappeared by the Chinese government for expressing dissenting opinions and standing up for human rights. We called on China to fulfill its obligations under international law, and cease all forms of enforced disappearance.

11 Sep

From rescuing vulnerable people drowning at sea to rescuing a planet which is suffocating and burning, human rights defenders are working to serve humanity. By contrast, governments and businesses which smear, criminalise and kill defenders are working to the detriment of us all, ISHR Director Phil Lynch has told the UN Human Rights Council. 

19 Sep

Since the establishment of the Commission of Inquiry on Burundi in 2016, the government has used every possible means to prevent the Commission from accessing the country. This includes subjecting its members to threats and personal abuse, and threatening them with prosecution for 'defamation' and 'attempted destabilisation' of the country. However, these tactics did not prevent the Commission from monitoring the human rights situation in the country closely.

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Opinion:

Par Athena Tong, chargée de projet Campagne et Plaidoyer pour le China Human Rights Lawyers Concern Group

A l’occasion de la Journée internationale des victimes de disparition forcée, Athena Tong, de l’ONG China Human Rights Lawyers Concern Group, s’inquiète de voir des Hongkongais être désormais victimes de ces enlèvements.

Article originellement publié par Le Monde, le 30 août 2019

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1984

ISHR commences work to develop an international Declaration on the Rights of Human Rights Defenders

1988

ISHR publishes first Human Rights Monitor, connecting human rights defenders on the ground with international human rights systems and developments

1993

ISHR facilitates global civil society engagement with the Second World Conference on Human Rights, which leads to the strengthening of women’s rights, the affirmation of universal rights, the adoption of the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action and the establishment of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

1994

ISHR provides training, technical assistance and support to its 1000th human rights defender

1998

After 14 years of ISHR lobbying, advocacy and negotiation, the UN General Assembly adopts the landmark Declaration on Human Rights Defenders

2000

UN Secretary-General appoints Hina Jilani as inaugural UN Special Representative on Human Rights Defenders, strengthening protection of human rights advocates at risk worldwide.

2004

ISHR leads a successful campaign for the appointment of a Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders by the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights

2005

ISHR co-founds and supports a range of international and regional human rights coalitions, including the Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition, the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project and the West African Human Rights Defenders Network

2006

ISHR contributes to the establishment and institution building of a new global peak body for human rights issues, the UN Human Rights Council

2007

ISHR leads and coordinates the development of the Yogyakarta Principles on sexual orientation and gender identity, strengthening legal recognition and protection of LGBT rights worldwide

2011

ISHR’s sustained advocacy on the issue of reprisals and intimidation faced by human rights defenders leads to adoption of landmark UN Human Rights Council resolution condemning and strengthening protections against reprisals

2012

Working with key NGO partners such as Amnesty International, ISHR leads civil society efforts to strengthen UN human rights treaty bodies, prevent their weakening and better connect their work with victims and human rights defenders on the ground

2013

Working with supportive states and NGOs, ISHR advocacy leads to adoption of historic Human Rights Council resolution calling on all States to review and amend national laws to respect and protect the work of human rights defenders