Es momento de borrar las restantes leyes de blasfemia del mundo

by Joelle Fiss and Geneva Blog, Blog, By invitation, In Focus: Human rights and religion

En mayo pasado, Irlanda se despertó ante la extraña noticia de que la policía irlandesa estaba investigando comentarios hechos por el actor Stephen Fry, que, según se alega, podría considerarse blasfemo. En una entrevista televisiva de 2015, Fry había acusado a Dios de ser un maníaco egoísta, y preguntó: “¿por qué debería yo respetar a un Dios estúpido caprichoso, mezquino, …

Modernizando el Sistema de Derechos Humanos de las Naciones Unidas

by Dr Bertrand G. Ramcharan and Geneva Blog, By invitation

En su edición de fin de semana del 15-16 de febrero de 2014, el Financial Times publicó extractos de un libro reciente: “En 100 años: los economistas líderes predicen el futuro”, editado por Ignacio Palacios-Huerta y publicado por MIT Press. En uno de los extractos, Robert Shiller, Premio Nobel de Economía, profesor de Economía en la Universidad de Yale, escribió …

La Organización de Naciones Unidas debería crear la ‘libertad de la corrupción’ como un derecho humano

by Matthew H. Murray* and Geneva Asuntos contemporáneos y emergentes, Blog, Blog, By invitation

Matthew Murray es un abogado internacional, fue un asesor principal en la administración de Obama en asuntos anticorrupción de 2012 a 2017. Fue Subdirector Adjunto para Europa, Oriente Medio y África para el Departamento de Comercio de Estados Unidos de 2012 a2015 y Asesor Principal de Gobernanza y Estado de Derecho de la Agencia de los Estados Unidos para el …

‘No fear, no hate, no wall, no ban:’ the world – and freedom of expression – at a critical juncture

by Dr Agnes Callamard, Director, Columbia Global Freedom of Expression, Columbia University and Geneva Asuntos contemporáneos y emergentes, Blog, By invitation, In Focus: Human rights and religion

In the aftermath of the so-called ‘Danish cartoons crisis’ in 2005, the political, policy and academic world was replete with debates over the benefits or risks of ‘blasphemy laws.’ The debates highlighted a profound gap between those who believed that mocking religion (the faith, the tenets, the sacraments, the symbols, etc.) should not be tolerated and those who argued that …

Afrontando colectivamente nuestros retos mediante una acción pragmática

by H.E. Ambassador Maza Martelli, 11th President of the Human Rights Council and Geneva Asuntos contemporáneos y emergentes, Blog, By invitation, Instituciones, procesos y mecanismos de derechos humanos internacionales

Visión del 11º Presidente del Consejo de Derechos Humanos S.E. Embajador Maza Martelli, acerca del trabajo y desafíos que enfrenta el Consejo en 2017 Ginebra, 22 de febrero de 2017                                                             …

Are we seeing a new human rights ‘implementation agenda’?

by the URG team and H.E. Ambassador Choi Kyong-lim, 10th President of the Human Rights Council Blog, By invitation, Instituciones, procesos y mecanismos de derechos humanos internacionales

Note: This article is based on a speech delivered by Ambassador CHOI Kyonglim, President of the Human Rights Council, on Monday 17th October 2016, at an event hosted by the Governments of Norway and Switzerland, supported by the Universal Rights Group, to mark the launch of the report of the third Glion Human Rights Dialogue. I will touch on three …

The Council’s impact on the ground: a view from Jakarta

by the URG team and Caka A. Awal* Bajo la lupa: implementación nacional de normas universales, Blog, By invitation

5th September 2016, Jakarta  On 2nd August I landed back in Jakarta after three-and-a-half years with the Indonesian team at the Human Rights Council. As well as giving me time to readjust to life back home, the intervening weeks have given me time to reflect on the nature and extent of the ‘on the ground’ impact of my work at …

Implementing Resolution 16/18: the role of Rabat and the importance of civil society space

by the URG team and Andrew Smith, Legal Officer at ARTICLE 19 Blog, By invitation, In Focus: Human rights and religion

The 31st session of the Human Rights Council (HRC) is a significant marker: not only will the HRC celebrate its 10th birthday, but the session will mark five years since the adoption of resolution 16/18 on “combating intolerance, negative stereotyping and stigmatisation of, and discrimination, incitement to violence, and violence against persons based on religion or belief .” In the current geopolitical context, the consensus that underpins resolution 16/18 is increasingly precarious, despite being more important than ever. In March, the HRC will consider …

A way forward for the 16/18 process

by Caka A. Awal* Blog, By invitation, In Focus: Human rights and religion

A policy report of Universal Rights Group (URG) on ‘ Combatting Global Religious Intolerance: the Implementation of Human Rights Council resolution 16/18 ’ has rightly pointed out the complexities of the issues surrounding freedom of religion or belief and the fight against global religious intolerance. The report provides useful historical insights about the UN’s journey to confront and combat racial and religious intolerance. It is interesting to note that on 25th November 1981 …