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During the summer of 2016, the URG conducted a human rights-based assessment of the candidates competing to fill the post of UN Secretary-General. A new policy brief on: 'Candidates for the post of UN Secretary-General: where do they stand on human rights?’ presents an overview of the selection and appointment procedure of the UN Secretary-General, ...

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Towards the third cycle of the UPR: stick or twist?

by Subhas Gujadhur and Marc Limon
In 2005, Heads of State meeting at the UN’s World Summit resolved to create the Human Rights Council and asked the President of the General ...

The Human Rights Council in 2015

2015 will be remembered for many important initiatives and developments, from the body’s work to support human rights in Sri Lanka to the creation of a ...

Human rights, climate change and cross-border displacement: the role of the international human rights community in contributing to effective and just solutions

by Jane McAdam (University of New South Wales) and Marc Limon (URG)
The links between climate change and human rights are more widely accepted than ever before. The Human Rights Council has adopted a series of resolutions ...

Glion Human Rights Dialogue 2015: the Human Rights Council at 10: improving relevance, strengthening impact

by the URG team
In 2006, member States took a significant step towards strengthening the human rights pillar of the United Nations by establishing, with General Assembly resolution 60/251, ...

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End the attacks—protecting the rights of persons with albinism

by Ikponwosa Ero, United Nation Independent Expert on the enjoyment of human rights by persons with albinism

“Albinos are being hunted in Africa!” Headlines like these are not uncommon these days. They sound sensationalist but in fact reflect a grim reality: that in some countries, people with albinism are being attacked—usually with machetes and knives—for the purpose of obtaining their body parts.  These attacks are based on a witchcraft-led belief that the ...

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Report on the 32nd Session of the Human Rights Council

by the URG team

Quick summary The 32nd regular session of the Human Rights Council (HRC32) was held from 13 June 2016 to 8 July 2016.HRC32 marked the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the Council. At the opening of the session, statements were delivered by Mr Choi Kyonglim, President of the Human Rights Council, Mr Didier Burkhalter, Head of the Federal Department ...

The Rights Minded Group

by Bob Last, Permanent Mission of the UK to the UN in Geneva, Gisele Fernandez Ludlow, Permanent Mission of Mexico to the UN in Geneva and Bakary Bamba Junior, Permanent Representation of OIF

 The Council blew out the candles on its 10th birthday cake in June. As delegates working from different perspectives, who were there at the birth, who saw the Council take its first baby steps, and who have seen it grow and develop, here’s a shared view on how far we’ve come.  Ten years ago there ...

URG holds second global media HRC engagement programme

by Hilary Power

During the last week of the 32nd session of the Council, the URG, with the support of the Government of Germany and the Canton of Geneva, brought 7 journalists - from Afghanistan, Belarus, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Ecuador and Kenya - to Geneva to follow developments, especially during voting.  During their time in Geneva, the journalists benefited from briefing sessions with URG ...

The World Bank: a human rights-free zone?

by Philip Alston, United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights

This article first appeared on openGlobalRights, and has been reproduced with their kind permission.The existing approach taken by the World Bank to human rights is incoherent, counterproductive and unsustainable. It is based on an out-dated legal analysis and shaped by deep misperceptions of what a human rights policy would require. In its operational policies in ...

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