ISHR Event

The continued silencing and imprisonment of Saudi women's rights activists

Tuesday 24 September 2019

13:00 - 14:00 

Room VIII

Palais des Nations

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This side-event is organised by the Free Saudi Women Human Rights Defenders Coalition: CIVICUS, Women’s March Global, International Service for Human Rights, Gulf Center for Human Rights Studies, MENA Women Human Rights Defenders Coalition, Equality Now!, Americans for Democracy and Human Rights in Bahrain. 

Panellists:

  • Lina Al Hathloul, the sister of detained defender Loujain Al-Hathloul 
  • Michel Forst, Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders 
  • Khalid Ibrahim, Gulf Centre for Human Rights
  • Salma El Hosseiny, ISHR

Moderator:

  • Uma Mishra-Newbery, Women's March Global
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Tuesday, September 24, 2019 - 13:00 to 14:00
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Ending Reprisals

Wednesday 18 September 2019

16:30 - 17:30 

Room VIII

Palais des Nations

 

This side event is co-sponsored by the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies and Forum-Asia.

The engagement of civil society and human rights defenders is essential to the work of the UN human rights system. Acts of intimidation and reprisal are violations of basic human rights, and while impunity for intimidation and reprisals continue, the effective functioning of the UN system as a whole is undermined.

This event will seek to:

  • Discuss and expand on the Secretary-General’s report on cooperation with UN mechanisms such as the systematic patterns of reprisals, self-censorship, use of national security and counter-terrorism measures including legislation to prevent access to the UN;
  • Highlight the nature and extent of reprisals and intimidation against those cooperating with the UN including the challenges of under-reporting;
  • Garner support for the draft resolution on reprisals including considering efforts to date to address reprisals and intimidation and highlighting the importance of further developing and strengthen policies and practices to prevent and address reprisals, including gender-sensitive responses.

Panellists:

  • Andrew Gilmour, United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights
  • Bahey  Eldin Hassan, Director of the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies
  • Wai Wai Nu, Women Peace Network, Burma 

Moderator: 

  • Phil Lynch, ISHR Director

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Date: 
Wednesday, September 18, 2019 - 16:30 to 17:30
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Rule of law in China

Tuesday 17 September 2019

10:00 am - 11:00 am 

Room IV

Palais des Nations

 

Panellists:

  • Padma Dolma, Tibet Advocacy Coalition
  • Peter Irwin, World Uyghur Congress
  • Helene Ramos dos Santos, International Bar Association's Human Rights Institute
  • Hong Kong student activist

Moderator: 

  • Sarah Brooks, International Service for Human Rights

Follow the event on Twitter: @ISHRglobal, @TibetJustice, @UyghurCongress, @IBAHRI

Date: 
Tuesday, September 17, 2019 - 10:00 to 11:00
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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.

Candidate States are listed below, with a link to their "scorecards": 

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

10:00-11:30

Palais des Nations, Room XXV,  Geneva

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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 Geneva on 11 September 2019.

Candidate States are listed below, with a link to their "scorecards": 

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 and submit questions to candidates via Twitter:  @ISHRglobal #HRCpledging

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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