Sisyphean endeavours and unfinished business: UN Secretary-General Guterres lays out his vision for a second term, including a conference on human rights and renewed focus on prevention

by Danica Damplo, Universal Rights Group NYC Blog, Blog, Universal Rights Group NYC

On 8 January 2021, UN Secretary-General António Guterres notified the General Assembly (GA) President Volkan Bozkir and Security Council President for January Tarek Ladeb of his intentions to run for re-election. On 23 March, Guterres sent his Vision Statement to Bozkir, and on 7 May, engaged in an informal dialogue with the GA. Given that Guterres will likely succeed in securing a second term, his …

Building a coherent Human Rights Council-Security Council relationship – The prevention of human rights crises, violent conflict and atrocity crimes

by the URG team Instituciones, procesos y mecanismos de derechos humanos internacionales, Policy reports, Reportes

In her first address to the United Nations General Assembly’s (UNGA) Third Committee as High Commissioner for Human Rights in 2018, Michelle Bachelet urged States to remember that ‘the human rights system is not a Cassandra, correctly predicting crises yet unable to prevent them. It is a force for prevention. When it is backed by the political will of key …

The Human Rights Council in 2020

by Geneva Instituciones, procesos y mecanismos de derechos humanos internacionales, Policy reports, Reportes

What were the main developments, achievements and flash-points at the Human Rights Council in 2020? What were the Council’s principle outputs and what kind of impact did the body and its mechanisms have on the on-the-ground enjoyment of human rights? Did members of the Council cooperate with the international human rights mechanisms, and with OHCHR, over the past twelve months? Does …

Coup d’état in Myanmar underlines critical importance of the Secretary-General’s prevention agenda – and the continued failure of the UN to deliver on it

by Marc Limon, Executive Director of the Universal Rights Group Bajo la lupa: democracia, Blog, Blog

The devastating news that Myanmar’s military has again seized power through a coup d’état, after detaining civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other senior members of her governing party, represents the culmination of a five-year cycle of failure on the part of the UN – a failure to put human rights ‘up front’ in its dealings with governments, and …

Safeguarding human rights in places of detention: The role of National Preventive Mechanisms during COVID-19

by Marie Porchet, Universal Rights Group Blog, Blog

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the lives of millions of individuals around the world. As national and supranational authorities have attempted to confront uncertainties raised by the crisis, people have seen their liberties restricted through measures such as social distancing, lockdowns, and bans on various activities. This situation has been especially worrisome for certain vulnerable groups, notably persons deprived of …

The pandemic, prevention and politics: the High Commissioner and HRC President highlight cross-cutting human rights work at the Third Committee

by Tess Kidney Bishop, Universal Rights Group NYC Blog, Blog, Instituciones, procesos y mecanismos de derechos humanos internacionales, Más allá del Consejo, New York City, Universal Rights Group NYC

As part of the 75th Session of the UN General Assembly, both the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the President of the Human Rights Council gave statements to the Third Committee. Statements, and the interactive dialogues with member States that followed, were conducted virtually and not without the occasional technological hiccup. Nevertheless, a higher number of states participated than …

Report on the 45th session of the Human Rights Council

by the URG team Blog, Blog, Instituciones, procesos y mecanismos de derechos humanos internacionales, Reportes del Consejo de Derechos Humanos

Quick summary The 45th regular session of the Human Rights Council (HRC45) was held from Monday 14th September to Wednesday 7th October 2020. On 14th September, H.E. Ms. Michelle Bachelet, presented her oral update on the global human rights situation. In the wake of the violent response by the Belarusian authorities to peaceful demonstrations that occurred in the aftermath of President …

URG celebra la aprobación de Resolución histórica de la ONU sobre prevención

by the URG team Blog, Blog, Instituciones, procesos y mecanismos de derechos humanos internacionales, News, Press, URG News

Miércoles 7  de Octubre 2020, Ginebra El Universal Rights Group (URG) celebra la aprobación de hoy de una nueva resolución del Consejo de Derechos Humanos sobre la prevención de violaciones de derechos humanos y emergencias. La resolución, liderada por Noruega, Sierra Leona, Suiza y Uruguay, fue adoptada por votación en la sesión 45 del Consejo con 32  a favor, 11 abstenciones y …

¿El secretario general de la ONU, António Guterres, está comprometido con los derechos humanos?

by Marc Limon, Executive Director of the Universal Rights Group Blog, Blog

Gran parte de las críticas contra el SG de la ONU, Guterres, por su “silencio” en materia de derechos humanos no tienen fundamento; en realidad, está haciendo un esfuerzo de buena fe, junto con la alta comisionada Bachelet, para equilibrar los aspectos diplomáticos públicos y privados de su mandato. ¿El secretario general de la ONU, António Guterres, realmente está comprometido …

Posicionando el Consejo de Derechos Humanos en el centro de la agenda de prevención de las Naciones Unidas: Un breve análisis del informe del Grupo de Expertos Eminentes sobre ‘la contribución del Consejo de Derechos Humanos a la Prevención’

by Marc Limon, Executive Director of the Universal Rights Group Blog, Blog, Instituciones, procesos y mecanismos de derechos humanos internacionales, Más allá del Consejo

Desde el estabelecimiento de las Naciones Unidas en 1946, la Organización ha reconocido la importancia y el valor central de la prevención y ha declarado su determinación de colocar ese enfoque en el centro de su actuación. De hecho, las primeras palabras de la Carta de las Naciones Unidas dejan evidente que la misión primordial de la ONU es prevenir …