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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 new Special Procedures mandate on the right to privacy. This new report on 'The Human Rights Council in 2015,' published by the Universal Rights Group and the Ministry of Foreign ...


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, ...

The road from principles to practice: Today’s challenges for business in respecting human rights

by The Economist Intelligence Unit
This policy report, prepared by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), analyses levels of respect for human rights among businesses around the world. The policy report contains ...

Ensuring Relevance, Driving Impact: The evolution and future direction of the UN Human Rights Council’s resolution system

by Subhas Gujadhur (URG), Toby Lamarque (URG)
The United Nations Human Rights Council (‘the Council’) was created through a decision taken by heads of states and governments during the 2005 World Summit, ...

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The World Bank: a human rights-free zone?

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

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 particular, the Bank treats human rights more like an infectious disease than universal ...

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URG provides testimony at US Congressional hearing on functioning and effectiveness of Human Rights Council

by Hilary Power

On 17th May, Marc Limon, Universal Rights Group's Executive Director, offered testimony during a US Congressional Hearing (House of Representatives) entitled: 'Ten Years Later: The Status of the United Nations Human Rights Council.'  The hearing was organised by the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission and sought to examine the current functioning and effectiveness of the Council, and ...

Nepal’s engagement in the UPR process and recommendations for improvements of the mechanism

by Joint Secretary Ramesh Dhakal, Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers of Nepal and Mie Roesdahl, PhD Fellow, Centre for Resolution of International Conflicts, University of Copenhagen, and Danish Institute for Human Rights

Nepal underwent its second review by the Working Group of the Human Rights Council as part of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process on November 4th 2015. The review was the culmination of a long process of internally reviewing the status of implementation of Nepal’s recommendations from the first review, inter-ministerial coordination and workshops, consultations ...

The Like Minded Group (LMG): Speaking truth to power

by Amr Essam, 2nd Secretary at the Permanent Mission of Egypt to the UN in Geneva

When, in 2005, the UN General Assembly agreed on the geographical segmentation of the membership of the new Human Rights Council, it was widely believed that developing countries would enjoy an ‘automatic majority’ in the newly established body and thus that the priorities and concerns of the global South would be adequately reflected and addressed. ...

How to push the implementation of human rights forward? A new strategy for a renewed commitment

by H.E. Didier Burkhalter, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland

Fostering respect for human rights is one of Switzerland's foreign policy objectives, as provided for in our Federal Constitution. In Switzerland, promoting and protecting human rights is essential to direct democracy because it forms the basis for the freedom and security of every individual. At the international level, respect for human rights contributes to peace ...

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