Statement from URG Chair

by URG Chair Blog, Press, URG News

A statement from the Chair of the URG Board of Trustees:  ‘It is with deep sadness that I have the duty to inform you that Sir Nigel Rodley has passed away in the early hours of Wednesday, 25 January. Nigel will be remembered as a founding father of the global human rights movement, a champion of human rights whose efforts touched …

URG launches new UN Human Rights Resolutions Portal, now including GA Third Committee texts

by the URG team Blog, Press, URG News

One of the key missions of the Universal Rights Group (URG) is to improve the transparency and accessibility of the work of the Human Rights Council and the wider international human rights system. By providing a window onto the work and decisions of the human rights system, the URG hopes to contribute to better, more accountable and more efficient policymaking; …

Pacific workshop pushes for universal ratification of UNCAT

by Marc Limon and Olivia Bebe Contemporary and emerging human rights issues, News, Press, URG News

Friday 28th October 2016, Fiji  On 27-28 October 2016, the Universal Rights Group supported the organisation of a Convention against Torture Initiative (CTI) workshop for Pacific Island States in Natadola, Fiji. The regional workshop, entitled ‘Benefits of, and challenges to, the ratification and implementation of the UN Convention against Torture in the Pacific region: sharing experiences and building capacity,’ represented …

African Union adopts declaration on the African Year for Human Rights with Particular Focus on the Rights of Women

by the URG team Press

At the 27th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union, held in Kigali, Rwanda, from 17 to 18 July 2016, African Heads of State and Government unanimously adopted the Declaration on ‘The African Year of Human Rights with Particular Focus on the Rights of Women.’ The adoption of the Declaration was inspired by Africa’s continued quest for the …

Christof Heyns joins URG Board of Trustees

by Hilary Power Blog, Press, URG News

The Universal Rights Group (URG) is pleased to welcome Professor Christof Heyns, UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions , to its Board of Trustees. Commenting on his appointment, Professor Heyns said: “I am very happy to join the URG Board. I am a solid supporter of the URG approach: they facilitate important discussions, conduct relevant and credible research (often with a welcome historical perspective); and offer …

URG launches UN human rights media engagement project

by Hilary Power Blog, International human rights institutions, mechanisms and processes, Press, URG News

As the Human Rights Council hits its 10th birthday, it is important that it strengthens both the effectiveness and the visibility of its work. If the Council is to remain a credible institution, it is important not only that it fulfills its mandate to promote and protect human rights, but that the wider public, around the world, sees that it …

URG Board Member, Nazila Ghanea, addresses Human Rights Council during panel discussion on preventing violent extremism

by Hilary Power Blog, Contemporary and emerging human rights issues, Press, URG News

On 17th March 2016, URG Board member Nazila Ghanea participated in the Human Rights Council “Panel discussion on preventing violent extremism,” alongside Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General of the UN; Kate Gilmore, Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights; Gastón Garatea, Professor at the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru and former Chair of the National Bureau for the Fight against Poverty; Mehreen …

URG co-organises 'From Resolution to Implementation' photo exhibition

by Marc Limon Blog, International human rights institutions, mechanisms and processes, Press, URG News

From 7th to 11th March, Universal Rights Group (URG), together with the Permanent Mission of the Netherlands and World Press Photo, was pleased to begin a project to showcase the real-world impact of important Human Rights Council initiatives, using the medium of photography. Between those dates, URG brought five press photographers to attend and photograph the 31st session of the UN Human …

Denmark and URG launch ‘Friday Exchange’

by Hilary Power Press

Geneva, 12th February 2016 The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark and the Universal Rights Group today launched a new diplomatic initiative in Geneva: the ‘Friday Exchange.’ The Friday Exchange is a series of quarterly informal policy dialogues (small roundtable discussions) designed to allow States (ambassador level) from all regions to exchange opinions, bridge differences and identify common ground on …

URG facilitates policy dialogue on preventing and countering violent extremism, organised by Morocco and the USA

by Hilary Power Press

At the initiative of the Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of Morocco and the Permanent Mission of the United States of America, the Geneva Centre for Security Policy will host on Thursday, December 3rd, a Policy Dialogue on “Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism: National Experiences and Best Practices”. Ambassador Mohamed AUAJJAR and Ambassador Keith HARPER will co-chair this important event …