Anti-corruption and human rights

by H.E. Ambassador Julian Braithwaite, Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom By invitation, Corruption and human rights, Human rights institutions and mechanisms, Prevention, Prevention, accountability and justice, Thematic human rights issues

On 1 May this year, MPs from across the major UK political parties, agreed in the UK Parliament to support a ‘Magnitsky’ amendment to the Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Bill. The amendment was adopted without a vote and was described by the Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, as “an important moment” that would “allow the UK to act against those responsible …

It’s time we all recognise the human right to a healthy environment

by Professor John H. Knox, former UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment By invitation, Climate, Human rights institutions and mechanisms, Special Procedures, Thematic human rights issues

Note: This article is based on a Joint Statement by UN Environment and the Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment ahead of World Environment Day.   Speaking ahead of World Environment Day on 5 June, the head of UN Environment, Mr Erik Solheim, and the Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment, Mr John Knox, issued a …

2018 : une année charnière pour les droits de l’homme et le changement climatique

by Tiphaine Di Ruscio, Universal Rights Group Thematic human rights issues

L’interdépendance entre le changement climatique et les droits de l’homme est désormais établie. L’idée que le premier engendre des violations de ces derniers, et qu’à l’inverse, les droits humains peuvent renforcer l’élaboration des politiques internationales sur le climat (notamment en portant une plus grande attention sur les besoins des plus vulnérables) est désormais communément acceptée. Pourtant, cela n’a pas toujours …

2018: an important year for human rights and climate change

by Tiphaine Di Ruscio, Universal Rights Group Climate, Thematic human rights issues

Cet article est également disponible en français . The idea that climate change undermines and may contribute to the violation of human rights, and that human rights obligations and principles can guide improved international and national climate change policy by focusing attention on the needs of the most vulnerable, is now well established. Yet it was not always so. Back in …

What are the human rights priorities of world governments in 2018?

by the URG team Corruption and human rights, Human rights implementation and impact, Human rights institutions and mechanisms, Prevention, Prevention, accountability and justice, Special Procedures, Thematic human rights issues, Treaty Bodies, Universal Periodic Review

An independent analysis of the High Level Segment of the Human Rights Council  At the opening of the 37th session of the Human Rights Council, nearly one hundred world leaders (e.g. presidents, prime ministers, ministers) delivered high level speeches commenting on the state of global human rights in 2018, and presenting their country’s priorities for the year ahead. The Universal Rights …

Time to act – recognising the right to a healthy environment

by Marcos A. Orellana, Director of the Environment and Human Rights Program at Human Rights Watch and Geneva By invitation, R2E

Global recognition of the right to a healthy environment is long overdue. There are opportunities emerging to do so, and this would give crucial support to threatened environmental activists. In March 2016, armed intruders battered down the door of the house where Honduran environmental activist Berta Cáceres, 44, was staying and killed her. By then, Cáceres, co-founder of the Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras, …

Latin American defenders share experiences and gain safety net

by Liliana Jauregui Thematic human rights issues

Currently, Latin America is the most deadly region in the world to be an environmental defender. IUCN NL and other partners recently held a  meeting  in Bogota, Colombia, centered on improving the safety of these defenders. Attendee and IUCN NL Environmental Justice Expert, Liliana Jauregui, learnt that we need to take action on three levels; Protection mechanisms on the ground, sharing …

Para acabar con el estigma y la persistencia de la lepra, es necesario que los gobiernos intensifiquen sus esfuerzos

by Alice Cruz, Relatora Especial sobre la eliminación de la discriminación contra las personas afectadas por la lepra y sus familiares and Geneva By invitation, Thematic human rights issues

En el Día Mundial Contra la Lepra, las organizaciones de todo el mundo deben unirse para crear conciencia y trabajar en pro de la consecución de objetivos concretos para poner fin a la discriminación contra la lepra. Elton (alias) nació en 1980 en Río de Janeiro en un favela. Sin acceso a la educación o al mercado laboral formal, Elton tuvo que …

Ending the stigma and persistence of leprosy requires governments to step up

by Alice Cruz, Special Rapporteur on the elimination of discrimination against persons affected by leprosy and their family members and Geneva By invitation, Thematic human rights issues

On World Leprosy Day, organizations across the world must come together to raise awareness and work towards the implementation of concrete goals to end discrimination around leprosy. Elton (alias) was born in 1980 in Rio de Janeiro. He was born in a favela, without access to education or to the formal labor market, and he had to depend on manual …

Mapping and overcoming the risks, threats, and challenges faced by Environmental Human Rights Defenders in Latin America, with a particular focus on indigenous and rural defenders

by Mariana Montoya Environmental human rights defenders, Thematic human rights issues

On the 8th and 9th November, 2017, the URG Latin America, with the support of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment, Professor John Knox and the International Union for Conservation of Nature – National Committee of the Netherlands (IUCN-N), convened a two-days regional consultation on the situation of environmental human rights defenders (EHRD) in Latin America. Around …