Clustering and the integrated implementation of recommendations: The key to unlocking the complementary power of the UN’s compliance mechanisms

by the URG team

Clustering and the integrated implementation of recommendations: The key to unlocking the complementary power of the UN’s compliance mechanisms

Over the past seventy years, United Nations (UN) member States have elaborated and adopted eight ‘core’ international human rights treaties. Together with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, these conventions provide the normative and legal backbone of the UN human rights system. Since their adoption, the number of States choosing to ratify and thus become Party to those treaties has …

Is the global situation of human rights improving or deteriorating? Making the case for the empirical measurement of human rights change

by Geneva Policy reports

Is the global situation of human rights improving or deteriorating? Making the case for the empirical measurement of human rights change

Commentary on the worldwide human rights situation is often characterised by assertions of an unfolding human rights crisis in much of the developing world, and back-sliding in some of the world’s major democracies. Clearly human rights violations are far too commonplace in all parts of the world, and we have a long way to go to realise the vision set …

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. …