13 Nov

Since 2014, there has been an increasing number of African countries adopting or considering to adopt national legislation aimed specifically at promoting and protecting human rights defenders. Why do we need those laws? how do they concur to a better protection of defenders on the continent?

07 Nov

The Third Committee of the UN General Assembly adopted the resolution presenting the Annual Report of the Human Rights Council today without challenge to the extension of the mandate of the Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination on the basis of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (IE SOGI).

01 Nov

ISHR is calling for applications for its flagship Human Rights Defender Advocacy Programme in 2020 – the extensive training programme for human rights defenders. So if you are a human rights defender keen to use the UN to push for change at home, apply now!

04 Nov

States and multinationals must review their policies and commitments when signing contracts with extractive industries, to ensure they contribute in building development infrastructure with positive impacts on communities’ wellbeing. Revenues and gains derived from these agreements must ensure greater security and respect of the rights of the people.

25 Oct

In presenting his report to the UN Third Committee, the Independent Expert on violence and discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity discussed strategies and recommendations to promote the social inclusion of LGBT people.




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Par Alexandre Sommer-Schaechtele, qui appartient à la Nation Kali’na Teleuyu, l’une des six Nations autochtones de Guyane française. Il représente l’Organisation des Nations Autochtones de Guyane française (ONAG) à l’origine d'une requête en alerte rapide devant le Comité des Nations Unies pour l’élimination de toutes les formes de discrimination raciale (CERD) concernant le projet minier controversé « Montagne d’or ».

L’examen du système des Organes de traité de l’ONU donne l’opportunité de célébrer les victoires auxquelles ceux-ci ont contribué. Mais il donne aussi l’occasion de renforcer la protection et les mesures de prévention que le système est censé apporté.

Cet article a été initialement publié sur OpenGlobalRights le 7 novembre 2019.

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