Lifting religion-based reservations to the core international human rights conventions as a means of strengthening women’s rights at the national level: A guide for women’s rights groups

by Mariana Montoya In Focus: Human rights and religion, Policy reports, Reportes

Lifting religion-based reservations to the core international human rights conventions as a means of strengthening women’s rights at the national level: A guide for women’s rights groups

On 9th and 10th January 2019, the Universal Rights Group, with the support of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Tunisia, convened a regional workshop on ‘lifting religion-based reservations to the core international human rights conventions as a means of strengthening women’s rights at national level, and the role of women’s rights advocacy groups …

Vision 2021: What is the General Assembly’s 2021-2026 review, and how might the Human Rights Council usefully contribute?

by the URG team Beyond the Council, International human rights institutions, mechanisms and processes, Policy reports

Vision 2021:  What is the General Assembly’s 2021-2026 review, and how might the Human Rights Council usefully contribute?

Between 2021 and 2026, the General Assembly (GA) is scheduled to consider the question of the status of the Human Rights Council (Council), i.e. whether it should remain a subsidiary body or become a main body of the United Nations (UN).  Although the GA has not formally requested the Council to conduct a review of its work and functioning in …

The Human Rights Council in 2018

by the URG team Policy reports

The Human Rights Council in 2018

‘The Human Rights Council in 2018’ report aims to provide, inter alia: A written analysis of the main events and development at the Council in 2018. Data on the quantitative evolution of the Council’s work in 2018, as well as since the body’s establishment in 2006. This includes the number of resolutions adopted; the number of voted resolutions; the number …

The global human rights implementation agenda: the role of national parliaments

by Universal Rights Group and the Commonwealth Secretariat In focus: domestic implementation of universal norms, Policy reports

The global human rights implementation agenda: the role of national parliaments

This new policy brief, published by the URG and the Commonwealth secretariat, is the second in a new series of URG publications exploring how universal human rights standards are translated, through the actions of governments, parliaments, national human rights institutions and NGOs, in some cases with the support of development partners , into on-the-ground improvements in the enjoyment of human rights. This second report explores …

Identificando y superando los riesgos, amenazas y desafíos que enfrentan quienes defienden el medio ambiente en América Latina

by Mariana Montoya Contemporary and emerging human rights issues, Policy reports, Reportes

Identificando y superando los riesgos, amenazas y desafíos que enfrentan quienes defienden el medio ambiente en América Latina

Durante el 8 y el 9 de noviembre de 2017, Universal Rights Group América Latina, el Relator Especial de las Naciones Unidas para el Medio Ambiente y los Derechos Humanos, el Profesor John Knox, y la Unión Internacional para la Conservación de la Naturaleza – Comité Nacional de Holanda, IUCN-N, realizaron en las oficinas de la Agencia de Cooperación de …

Global Human Rights Implementation Agenda: the role of international development partners

by the URG team In focus: domestic implementation of universal norms, Policy reports

Global Human Rights Implementation Agenda:  the role of international development partners

This is the first in a new series of policy reports exploring how universal human rights standards are translated, through the actions of governments, parliaments, national human rights institutions and NGOs, in some cases with the support of development partners, into on-the-ground improvements in the enjoyment of human rights. This first report explores the role of multilateral and bilateral development …

The place of human rights in a reformed United Nations (Glion V)

by the URG team Beyond the Council, International human rights institutions, mechanisms and processes, Policy reports

The place of human rights in a reformed United Nations (Glion V)

The fifth Glion Human Rights Dialogue (Glion V), held in Chardonne, Switzerland, from 30-31 May 2018, considered the place of human rights in a modern, reformed United Nations. In particular, the Glion V retreat and its preparatory policy dialogues, looked at the human rights implications, of the ongoing UN reform process, launched in 2017 by the Secretary-General, António Guterres; and the parallel efforts of …

Corruption: a human rights impact assessment

by the URG team Contemporary and emerging human rights issues, Policy reports

Corruption: a human rights impact assessment

Corruption, especially grand corruption, has enormous implications, both direct and indirect, for the enjoyment of human rights. Corruption undermines – perhaps even violates – a wide array of economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to development. Where governments fail to respect and protect civil and political rights, it in turn creates governance conditions in which corruption can thrive. …

Reform of the UN human rights petitions system

by Marc Limon, Executive Director of the Universal Rights Group Policy reports

Reform of the UN human rights petitions system

The human rights communications procedures are central to the purpose, effectiveness and credibility of the United Nations – representing the only direct link between the victims of human rights violations and the international human rights protection system. However, over the past half-century, what was once a vibrant part of the UN’s human rights work has become increasingly neglected and somewhat …

Human Rights Council strengthening conference

by Geneva International human rights institutions, mechanisms and processes, Policy reports

Human Rights Council strengthening conference

There is a growing recognition that as the Human Rights Council (HRC) approaches its twelve year anniversary there is a need to undertake an inclusive, cross regional and structured dialogue to review how the HRC could best fulfil its mandate and purpose, as set down in GA resolution 60/251. This includes discussions around how the work and effectiveness of the HRC might be further enhanced and strengthened in the future.

That does not mean root and branch reform based on a premise that the Council is fundamentally failing. It is not. Rather, it means pursuing evidence-based improvements in a number of specific areas where the experience of the past twelve years suggests the Council could do better.