News

15 Mar

At all stages of conflict women human rights defenders seek to secure a sustainable peace.  Documenting violations, supporting victims, demanding solutions grounded in the respect of rights: women defenders are essential actors.  At a packed side event at the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in New York, three defenders spoke of working in conflict and post-conflict contexts and demanded backing for their and colleagues’ work.  

12 Mar

We all want to breathe clean air, drink safe water, and to be able to provide sustenance and a healthy, dignified life for our families. Human survival and well-being rests on a biodiverse and healthy environment and a safe climate. Environmental human rights defenders help us to achieve that - they defend the planet and their communities from the impact of harmful resource extraction or pollution by unscrupulous companies or governments. Their work is essential to attaining the sustainable development goals and ensuring that no-one is left behind.  

20 Mar
Room XX of the Human Rights Council

ISHR and Amnesty International have called on the Human Rights Council President to push for responses where States have failed to reply to UN experts' requests for information on alleged human rights violations, including reprisals.

13 Mar

If the Human Rights Council cannot speak out against arbitrary detention and enforced disappearance in China, it will give a pass to one of the world's worst human rights violators, and send a worrying message to activists around the globe, ISHR said today. 

07 Mar

The sixty-third session of the Commission on the Status of Women will start today in New York. This session will focus on social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls. It is essential that women human rights defenders are part of the conversations and outcomes. 

Analytical Session Overviews

18.02.2008
 

This page contains analytical overviews of the regular sessions of the Human Rights Council. The session overviews analyse the main trends from the session, implications of the key discussions and decisions, and next steps that NGOs should be aware of for their advocacy and action.

The reports are listed in reverse chronological order and can be downloaded in PDF format (Acrobat Reader needed):

Council Alerts

10.09.2008
 

Before most sessions of the Human Rights Council, ISHR publishes a 'Council Alert' outlining the major issues expected to come up during the session. It also provides information on the organisational meetings held before each session. 

  • Council Alert 3rd session
  • Council Alert 5th session
  • Council Alert 6th session
  • Council Alert resumed 6th session
  • Council Alert 7th session (21 February 2008) and the update of 25 February (selection of troikas)
  • Council Alert 8th session
  • Council Alert 9th session
  • Council Alert 10th session
  • Council Alert 11th session
  • Council Alert 12th session

 Other alerts: 

  • Council Alert special session on Darfur (December 2006)
  • Council Alert Working Group on Rules of Procedure (during the institution-building)

Daily Updates

18.02.2008
 

Please note that from the 10th session of the Council, our reporting is no longer daily. The reports that are now published to keep you updated on the debates at the Council are the Council Updates.

9th session of the Human Rights Council, 8 to 23 September 2008 

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8 September 2008 15 September 2008                          

9 September 2008

16 September 2008

10 September 2008

17 September 2008
11 December 2008: holiday (no report) 18 September 2008
12 September 2008 19 September 2008

Week 3 

 

22 September 2008

23 September 2008

24 September 2008

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  • 4th session
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  • 2nd session, 1st part 

 

8th session

 

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2 June 2008 9 June 2008
3 June 2008 10 June 2008
4 June 2008 11 June 2008
5 June 2008 12 June 2008

6 June 2008

13 June 2008

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7th session

 

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3 March 2008 10 March 2008
4 March 2008 11 March 2008
5 March 2008 12 March 2008  
6 March 2008 13 March 2008
7 March 2008 14 March 2008

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Week 4 

17 March 2008 24 March 2008*
18 March 2008 25 March 2008
19 March 2008 26 March 2008
20 March 2008 27 March 2008
21 March 2008*      

28 March 2008 and

extension on 1 April 2008

 

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6th session (2nd part)

10 December 2007
11 December 2007
12 December 2007
13 December 2007
14 December 2007
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6th session (1st part)

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24 September 2007
11 September 2007 18 September 2007 25 September 2007
12 September 2007 19 September 2007 26 September 2007
13 September 2007 20 September 2007 27 September 2007
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5th session

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11 June 2007 18 June 2007
12 June 2007 19 June 2007 - organisational meeting
13 June 2007 18-20 June 2007 (summary)
14 June 2007
15 June 2007**

 

** This report summarises developments on 15 June and on Sunday 17 June

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4th session

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12 March 2007 19 March 2007 26 March 2007
13 March 2007 20 March 2007 27 March 2007
14 March 2007 21 March 2007 28 March 2007
15 March 2007 22 March 2007 29 March 2007
16 March 2007 23 March 2007 30 March 2007
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Resumed 2nd session and 3rd session

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27 November 2006 4 December 2006
28 November 2006 5 December 2006
29 November 2006 6 December 2006
30 November 2006 7 December 2006
1 December 2006 8 December 2006
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2nd session (1st part)

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Week 3

18 September 2006 25 September 2006 2 October 2006
19 September 2006 26 September 2006 3 October 2006
20 September 2006 27 September 2006 4 October 2006
21 September 2006 28 September 2006 5 October 2006
22 September 2006 29 September 2006 6 October 2006
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Council Updates

27.02.2009
 

Here you will find archival coverage from the 10th to 12th sessions of the Human Rights Council (the Council). Updates for more recent sessions can be found here.

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Deadline: nominations for experts on Syria and Sudan

09.01.2012
 

The nomination process for two special procedures mandates of the UN Human Rights Council will be closing shortly, and applications by qualified individuals are still being encouraged.

If you or anyone you know has a working knowledge of the Arabic language, combined with an expertise in the human rights situation in either Syria or the Sudan then please read on.

The first position (closing 12 January) is Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Syria, a new role established by Human Rights Council Resolution S-18/1 in December 2011.

The second position (closing 23 January) is that of Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in the Sudan. The mandate was established in June 2009 by Human Rights Council Resolution 11/10. It is currently held by Mr Mohamed Chande Othman who has recently resigned from his position.  

Both positions are to commence in March 2012

A fuller description of the duties of the special procedures mandates and candidate eligibility criteria is available here. Applications can be sent by individuals, States, NGOs, and UN entities. Self-nomination by interested experts is also allowed. Application forms for both positions are available on the OHCHR website.

Please feel free to forward this information to anyone who you feel meets the criteria above.

UN releases ground-breaking report on sexual orientation and gender identity

16.12.2011
 

Human rights organisations are welcoming the release of the first ever United Nations (UN) report on human rights, sexual orientation and gender identity.

Entitled 'Discriminatory laws and practices and acts of violence against individuals based on their sexual orientation and gender identity', the report documents widespread discrimination and violence faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people around the world.

It highlights the duty of governments to implement their commitments and obligations under international law, by protecting the rights of all persons, regardless of their sexuality, gender identity or expression. The report also calls for decriminalisation of same-sex relations between consenting adults, and the granting of asylum to LGBT individuals at risk. It emphasises the importance of freedom of expression and assembly, and non-discrimination in accessing economic, social and cultural rights.

The mandate for the report was established at the 17th session of the Human Rights Council (the Council) (June 2011), by the UN's first ever resolution on sexual orientation and gender identity. The resolution was led by South Africa and supported by a majority of the Council, including countries from all UN regions.

It requested the High Commissioner for Human Rights to prepare the report, which will be presented to the Council at its 19th session in March. It also called for a panel discussion to be held at the Council to address the findings of the study in a constructive and transparent manner, and to consider appropriate follow-up. This discussion is expected to take place on Wednesday 7 March, 2012.

The panel will be the first time the issue of human rights, sexual orientation and gender identity receives such focused attention by the Council. When the report is presented, it will be important that discussion is informed by the understanding that human rights standards are universally applicable, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity.

ISHR works to improve access to international and regional human rights systems by all human rights defenders, including those working on LGBT issues. A clear acceptance of the universality of human rights is a necessity for such access to be fully realised.

ISHR welcomes the progress made in 2011 at the UN on the issue of sexual orientation and gender identity, including the recent release of the High Commissioner's report. The report can be downloaded in English,Spanish, Russian and Arabic.

Historic decision: Council passes first-ever resolution on sexual orientation & gender identity

17.06.2011
 

Joint NGO News Release 

(Geneva, June 17, 2011) In a groundbreaking achievement for upholding the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), the United Nations Human Rights Council has passed a resolution on human rights violations based on sexual orientation and gender identity (L9/rev1).

The resolution,presented by South Africa along with Brasil and 39 additional co-sponsors from all regions of the world, was passed by a vote of 23 in favour, 19 against, and 3 abstentions.  A list of how States voted is below.

In its presentation to the Council, South Africa recalled the UDHR noting that “everyone is entitled to all rights and freedoms without distinction of any kind” and Brasil called on the Council to “open the long closed doors of dialogue”.

Today’s resolution is the first UN resolution ever to bring specific focus to human rights violations based on sexual orientation and gender identity, and follows a joint statement on these issues delivered at the March session of the council. It affirms the universality of human rights, and notes concern about acts of violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. This commitment of the Human Rights Council sends an important signal of support to human rights defenders working on these issues, and recognises the legitimacy of their work.

“The South African government has now offered progressive leadership, after years of troubling and inconsistent positions on the issue of sexual orientation and gender identity. Simultaneously, the government has set a standard for themselves in international spaces. We look forward to contributing to and supporting sustained progressive leadership by this government and seeing the end of the violations we face daily”. (Dawn Cavanagh, Coalition of African Lesbians)

The resolution requests the High Commissioner for Human Rights to prepare a study on violence and discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, and calls for a panel discussion to be held at the Human Rights Council to discuss the findings of the study in a constructive and transparent manner, and to consider appropriate follow-up.

“That we are celebrating the passage of a UN resolution about human rights violations on the basis of sexual orientation is remarkable, however the fact that gender identity is explicitly named truly makes this pivotal moment one to rejoice in,” added Justus Eisfeld, Co-Director of GATE.  “The Human Rights Council has taken a step forward in history by acknowledging that both sexual and gender non-conformity make lesbian, gay, trans* and bi people among those most vulnerable and indicated decisively that States have an obligation to protect us from violence.”

"As treaty bodies, UN special procedures, and national courts have repeatedly recognised, international human rights law prohibits discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity.” (Alli Jernow, International Commission of Jurists)

The resolution is consistent with other regional and national jurisprudence, and just this week, the 2011 United Nations Political Declaration on HIV and AIDS recognised the need to address the human rights of men who have sex with men, and the Organization of American States adopted by consensus a resolution condemning violence and discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

Earlier in this 17th session of the Human Rights Council, the UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences, Rashida Manjoo, reported to the Council that: “[Contributory factors for risk of violence include individual aspects of women’s bodily attributes such as race, skin colour, intellectual and physical abilities, age, language skills and fluency, ethnic identity and sexual orientation.”

The report also detailed a number of violations committed against lesbian, bisexual and trans women, including cases of rape, attacks and murders.  It is therefore regrettable that a reference to "women who face sexuality-related violence" was removed from the final version of another resolution focused on the elimination of violence against women during the same session.  

"Despite this inconsistency, we trust the UN resolution on sexual orientation and gender identity will facilitate the integration of the full range of sexual rights throughout the work of the UN." (Meghan Doherty, Sexual Rights Initiative)

A powerful civil society statement was delivered at the end of the session, welcoming the resolution and affirming civil society’s commitment to continuing to engage with the United Nations with a view to ensuring that all persons are treated as free and equal in dignity and rights, including on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity.

“Now, our work is just beginning”, said Kim Vance of ARC International. “We look forward to the High Commissioner’s report and the plenary panel next March, as well as to further dialogue with, and support from, those States which did not yet feel able to support the resolution, but which share the concern of the international community at these systemic human rights abuses.” 

ARC International

Amnesty International

CAL – Coalition of African Lesbians

COC Nederland

Council for Global Equality

GATE - Global Action for Trans* Equality

Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights

Human Rights Watch

IDAHO - International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

IGLHRC - International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission

ILGA- the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association

International Campaign Stop Trans Pathologization STP 2012

International Commission of Jurists

International Service for Human Rights (ISHR)

Sexual Rights Initiative

Thailand's Sexual Diversity Network

Transgender Europe (TGEU)

Records of Vote and Co-Sponsorship

States supporting the resolution: Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, Cuba, Ecuador, France, Guatemala, Hungary, Japan, Mauritius, Mexico, Norway, Poland, Republic of Korea, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, Ukraine, Thailand, UK, USA, Uruguay

States against the resolution: Angola, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Cameroon, Djibouti, Gabon, Ghana, Jordan, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritania, Nigeria, Pakistan, Qatar, Moldova, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Uganda.

Abstentions: Burkina Faso, China, Zambia

Absent: Kyrgyzstan, Libya (suspended)

Co-Sponsors of the resolution: Albania, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Honduras, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania,  Serbia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Timor-Leste, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, United States of America, and Uruguay.

Human Rights Council creates Special Rapporteur on Syria at special session on the ongoing crisis

05.12.2011
 

On 2 December 2011, the Human Rights Council (the Council) held its 18th special session and third successive special session on the situation of human rights in the Syrian Arab Republic. The special session had been requested by the European Union, with the support of 28 member states of the Council, to respond to  the report of the Commission of Inquiry (the Commission), which found that members of the Syrian military and security forces have committed ‘crimes against humanity’ in 2011.

The special session, supported by fellow Arab States Qatar, Kuwait, Libya, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia, was also backed by 40 observer States. It concluded with the adoption of resolution A/HRC/S-18/L.1 entitled ‘the human rights situation in the Syrian Arab Republic’. The resolution was adopted by majority, with 37 votes in favour, 4 against, and 6 abstentions. Of the Arab States, all voted in favour. The resolution, which condemns the increasingly grave human rights violations in Syria, includes the decision to establish the mandate of a Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Syria. The mandate holder will be appointed at the March 2012 session of the Council, coinciding with the end of the mandate of the Commission.  The mandate holder is requested to monitor the implementation of the recommendations from the Commission and of the Council’s resolutions.

As expected, Syria expressed strong opposition during the session both to the findings in the Commission’s report and to the draft resolution. Its main point of concern was that the resolution was policitised and that it therefore breached both the UN Charter, particularly with respect to the goal of strengthening constructive dialogue and international cooperation, and the Council’s mandate to address situations non-selectively and objectively. Moreover, the text of the resolution was described as ‘not objective’ and as based on the same misjudgement and ignorance towards ongoing reforms in the country that the Commission had allegedly displayed in its report.

The High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ms Navanethem Pillay, along with most of the States on the speakers' list, showed dissatisfaction with Syria's lack of cooperation with the international community and expressed concern over the increasingly violent situation in Syria as well as the continuous violations of human rights, not only against protesters. Violence against children was one of the main areas of concern mentioned by many States. Additionally, sexual violence against detainees and enforced disappearance were repeatedly mentioned. Syria was asked to cooperate with the international community and with the League of Arab States and frequently criticised for its refusal to stop the violence. Many States emphasised the urgency of the matter referring to the findings of the Commission that many acts of violence amounted to 'crimes against humanity' (Romania, the Maldives, Germany, Denmark, Luxembourg, Slovakia, and the Netherlands). However, India stated that the Commission's report went beyond its mandate by using this description and by calling for referral to the International Criminal Court (ICC). Reference to 'crimes against humanity' was removed from the final draft of the resolution, and there is no call for referral to the ICC. This is despite those calls being reiterated by Ms Pillay and endorsed in a joint statement by special procedures, which was delivered through videolink, by Ms Farida Shaheed, Chair of the Coordination Committee of Special Procedures.

Opposition to the resolution was voiced by a number of States for various reasons. Although the Russian Federation called upon Syria to end the violence, it agreed that the report was one-sided and strongly opposed any outside intervention in Syria. It also stated that the crisis was instigated from the outside and served foreign interests. China too expressed deep concern with the situation but believed that the resolution went too far and paved the way for intervention. Furthermore, the Chinese delegation insisted on peaceful political dialogue as the only way to solve the issue and warned of using human rights abuses as a pretext to undermine territorial integrity. Cuba’s main criticism was linked to the report and the alleged manipulations which led to the ‘fragmented and inaccurate’ conclusions of the Commission. It feared that further intervention would lead to an escalation of the situation and reiterated its confidence in the Syrian Government and people to solve the issues on their own. Finally, Ecuador urged all parties involved to find a peaceful solution but criticised the alleged selectivity tolerated by the international community (illustrated by the Council’s failure to take action on the situations of impunity in Iraq and Afghanistan). Its refusal to vote in favour of the resolution was based on its assumption that the resolution was a politicised attack on Syria and therefore a breach of the Council’s mandate of non-selectivity. The States which abstained from the vote were Angola, Bangladesh, Cameroon, India, the Philippines, and Uganda.

With the adoption of the resolution, a Special Rapporteur will be established. Earlier calls for the situation to be referred to the General Assembly and Security Council were replaced by a more vague recommendation that 'the main bodies of the UN' should urgently consider the report of the Commission and take appropriate action.

Human Rights Council to hold third successive special session on Syria

01.12.2011
 

On 2 December 2011, the Human Rights Council (the Council) will hold its 18th special session on ‘The situation of human rights in the Syrian Arab Republic in the light of the report of the Commission of Inquiry’. Despite two previous special sessions on the situation in Syria the violence has continued. , The request for the special session, submitted by the European Union (the EU), was signed by 28 member States of the Council, including fellow Arab States Qatar, Kuwait, Libya, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia, and 40 observer States.

The call for this special session follows the release, on 28 November, of the report of the Commission of Inquiry (the Commission), which found that members of the Syrian military and security forces have committed ‘crimes against humanity’ in 2011. The Commission of Inquiry was set up through a resolution adopted by the Council at its 17th special session in August, to investigate all allegations of human rights violations committed by Syrian authorities. The Commission was to be dispatched to Syria but was refused permission to enter the country by the Syrian authorities. As a result, the Commission was not able to base its report on direct observation. However, it concluded that gross human rights violations amounting to crimes against humanity had indeed been committed by the Syrian military and police and called upon the Syrian Government to immediately stop the violence against protesters and to allow independent investigation into all allegations. In addition, it regretted that the Government had repeatedly refused to cooperate with the Commission.

At the time of submission of the request for the special session, the EU also submitted a draft resolution. Informal negotiations were held on 30 November to discuss the draft, and are continuing at present. As expected, there was strong opposition both to the calling of the special session and to the draft resolution, not only from Syria, but also from China, Cuba, and the Russian Federation. Opposition centred around the timing of the special session, which these States considered is premature, arguing that there has not yet been time to study the Commission’s report; and around the draft resolution, which was described as ‘biased’ and ‘aggressive’. Particular criticism was directed towards the resolution’s lack of condemnation of attacks by opposition groups, the perceived failure to balance the call to the Government to end the violence with a call to the opposition groups to do likewise,   and the omission of reference to the positive steps that Syria had been.  The Russian Federation added that the draft should explicitly rule out military intervention and include reference to principles of State sovereignty and integrity.

The special session will be held on 2 December from 10am in room XX of the Palais des Nations. ISHR will provide a report on its website. You can also follow the special session on Twitter.

UPR of Moldova: discrimination faced by ethnic, religious, and sexual minorities

20.10.2011
 

The Working Group on the UPR met on 12 October 2011 to review the human rights situation in Moldova.  The Moldovan delegation, comprising 7 members, was headed by Mr Vladimir Grosu, Deputy Minister for Justice.  In its opening statement, Moldova described itself as a country in transition, with an ambitious reform program underway, motivated by the prospect of EU integration.  It stated its commitment to the UPR process, as a tool for creating a real link between the country’s human rights obligations and the benefits felt in the daily lives of its people.

Some changes since the submission of Moldova’s report were highlighted, including the legal recognition last month of the Islamic League, a key step towards protecting freedom of religion for the country’s Muslim minority, and progress on a draft anti-discrimination law, which was put before parliament but subsequently withdrawn for further consideration due to ‘sensitivities’ in society regarding the particular issue of homosexuality.  The draft law was said to have been submitted to civil society groups in recent days for consultation, as part of the process towards the enactment of legislation.

All 37 of the (mostly European) states scheduled to speak were able to do so, and the following recommendations, comments and questions were made by states:

  • Recommendations to ratify the Optional Protocol to the Convention on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, the Convention on the Rights of Migrant Workers, the Convention on the Rights of Disabled Persons, and the Convention on Enforced Disappearances; and to make a declaration recognising the competence of the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination to receive individual communications under Article 14 of the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Racial Discrimination.
  • Welcoming of the decision to extend a standing invitation to all UN Special Procedures.
  • Recommendations to reform the judicial system, to improve access to courts and combat corruption; and to improve prison conditions.
  • Concern over allegations of torture by security forces and ill treatment of detainees (as reported by Amnesty International), particularly in the aftermath of the electoral unrest in April 2009; concern over the failure to investigate, prosecute and punish the officers responsible; recommendations to end the ‘climate of impunity’ on this issue, implement the formal prohibition on torture, make evidence obtained through torture inadmissible in courts and punish all those responsible.
  • Concern about the restriction of the rights of LGBT[1] groups to freedom of assembly and expression, and their subjection to threats and abuse; ‘disappointment’ that the Moldovan government ‘appears to have reversed its stance’ on this issue; recommendations to ensure the protection of LGBT rights and the prosecution of crimes against members of these groups.
  • Welcoming the registration of the Islamic League in March 2011.
  • Recommendations to take steps to improve inter-ethnic and religious relations, and particularly improve the social and economic problems facing the Roma.
  • Concern about the delays in passing the extremely important anti-discrimination law; recommendations to ensure its adoption as soon as possible.
  • Concern about the suppression of ethnic languages, particularly Russian; recommendations to ensure the provision of education in ethnic minority languages is maintained, and to improve efforts to protect the languages and cultural heritage of minorities.
  • Noting of efforts to combat human trafficking; concern at the alleged use of bribery by perpetrators to escape tough sentences; recommendations to strengthen efforts in this area, in particular through prosecution of traffickers and education of vulnerable persons.
  • Recommendations for further measures towards gender equality, including combatting domestic violence, reducing the wage gap and creating quotas for women’s representation in public authorities.
  • Welcoming the creation of an ombudsman for children’s rights; recommendations of further measures to protect children’s rights, especially those of disabled and street children.
  • Concern over the human rights situation in Transnistria and the regional authority’s excessive control over the media and civil society; recommendations to seek a peaceful resolution to the problems.

The Moldovan delegation responded only once, before its closing comments, however the response was extensive and addressed most of the issues raised.  Regarding torture and ill-treatment following 2009 electoral unrest, the delegation stated that in fact investigations had taken place and 27 cases had been brought to justice, and that of the three deaths in custody at the time, only one was directly related to the events.  It also stated that a strategy for judicial reform had been adopted in the past few weeks to combat judicial corruption.  On the issue of human trafficking, it stated that Moldova is no longer a major source of human trafficking, and efforts to combat the problem have been made through education and training of vulnerable persons and personnel, and increased monitoring of particularly vulnerable children in Government institutions.  There was some clear tension in the delegation’s response to Russia’s allegations of suppression of the Russian language and the problems in Transnistria, with a rejection of claims regarding Russian language school closures; and a statement that they would continue to raise the human rights issue in the region with Russia and seek a peaceful settlement.

At the adoption of the review, Moldova accepted 107 of 122 recommendations, stating that the remaining 15 would be considered with the input of other stakeholders. The delegation described the review as an important milestone in the reform of the human rights system in Moldova, and pledged to submit a mid-term progress report to the Human Rights Committee.


[1] Most delegations raising this issue used the term ‘LGBT’ as opposed to ‘LGBTI’.

 

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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