Vision 2021

Between 2021 and 2026 the UN General Assembly is scheduled to review the status of the Human Rights Council (i.e. should i remain a subsidiary body or become a main body of the UN). URG’s new policy brief provides background information on the 2021-2016 review, and offers thoughts on how…

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yourHRC.org Election Guide

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yourHRC.org Election Guide

This yourHRC.org Guide, launched on 24th September 2018, provides general information on the 2018 Human Rights Council elections (scheduled for mid October in New York), when States will compete to win seats for new three-year terms (2019-2021)...

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Corruption: a human rights impact assessment

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Corruption: a human rights impact assessment

This new policy brief aims to measure the serious impacts of corruption on internationally protected human rights, and thus to help build a case for a serious push by the international community to combat and eliminate corruption, as an essential prerequisite to the full enjoyment of human rights and the…

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HRC37: 'The Inside Track'

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HRC37: 'The Inside Track'

The 'Inside Track' is an information tool for delegates and other stakeholders at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, produced by the Universal Rights Group, with the support of the Permanent Mission of Singapore to the UN in Geneva. 'The Inside Track' on the 37th regular session of the…

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Human rights institutions, mechanisms and processes

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Human rights institutions, mechanisms and processes

The international community has at its disposal a comprehensive institutional machinery to respond to human rights concerns around the world. It is essential for the promotion and protection of human rights that the international community's institutions, mechanisms and processes operate to their fullest potential...

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Contemporary and emerging issues

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Contemporary and emerging issues

Concern for human rights is central to many of the contemporary world's most important challenges. From environmental protests in Asia to debates about the nature of sustainable development in New York, and from concern about the welfare of cross-border migrants to growing interest in the power of technology to support…

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Religion and human rights

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Religion and human rights

This project aims to generate awareness and challenge misconceptions as to the compatibility of religion and international human rights norms, and looks at how such misconceptions affect human rights policy.

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The Glion Human Rights Dialogue

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The Glion Human Rights Dialogue

The Glion Human Rights Dialogue provides a platform for representatives of states, OHCHR, the wider UN, and other key parts of the human rights system such as Special Procedure mandate-holders, members of Treaty Bodies, and NGOs, to offer their assessment of the key challenges they face and their vision of…

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6TH MEETING OF THE ISTANBUL PROCESS

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6TH MEETING OF THE ISTANBUL PROCESS

On 20-21 July 2016, the Government of Singapore hosted the sixth meeting of the Istanbul Process, organised in collaboration with the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS). This report seeks to summarise some of the key points made during each part of the meeting, and to collate some of…

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Analysis of worldwide media coverage of the Human Rights Council in 2016

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Analysis of worldwide media coverage of the Human Rights Council in 2016

The URG's first annual survey of global media coverage of the UN Human Rights Council provides an insight into how effectively the Council, and its mechanisms and representatives, are making their voices heard in the media around the globe.

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URG Policy Brief: EHRDs - A Global Crisis

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URG Policy Brief: EHRDs - A Global Crisis

Policy Brief on the situation of ‘environmental human rights defenders’ (EHRDs), individuals working, often at great personal risk, at the interface of human rights and environmental protection. The report, authored by John Knox, UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment, is a first comprehensive assessment of the challenges…

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URG Policy Report: Human rights, religion, and universality

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URG Policy Report: Human rights, religion, and universality

URG’s Policy Report on ‘The march of universality?’ by Başak Çalı and Mariana Montoya presents the findings of a two-year project to map and analyse the implications of all reservations to the core human rights conventions, and to better understand the extent and nature of these key checks on the…

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HRC36: 'The Inside Track'

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HRC36: 'The Inside Track'

The new and improved 'Inside Track' is an information tool for delegates and other stakeholders at the UN Human Rights Council (Council), produced by URG, with the support of the Permanent Mission of Singapore. 'The Inside Track' on the 36th session of the Human Rights Council is out now.

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'Glion IV' report: Operationalizing the Council's 'prevention' mandate

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'Glion IV' report: Operationalizing the Council's 'prevention' mandate

The report of the fourth Glion Human Rights Dialogue is an informal document summarising (in a non-attributable manner) some of the key ideas developed during the Glion retreat, and based on three policy dialogues and is out now.

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yourHRC.org Guide to the 2017 UN Human Rights Council Elections

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yourHRC.org Guide to the 2017 UN Human Rights Council Elections

This yourHRC.org Guide, launched on 19th September 2017, provides general information on the 2017 Human Rights Council elections (scheduled for mid October in New York), when States will compete to win seats for new three-year terms (2018-2020)...

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yourHRC.org report the Human Rights Council in 2017

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yourHRC.org report the Human Rights Council in 2017

This yourHRC.org Report, launched on 12th December 2017, provides general information on the work of the Human Rights Council and its member States during 2017...

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Human Rights and the Sustainable Development Goals – Pursuing Synergies

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Human Rights and the Sustainable Development Goals – Pursuing Synergies

The Permanent Missions of Azerbaijan, Chile, Denmark, Ecuador, Fiji, Luxembourg, Portugal, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Thailand and Uruguay, with the support of the Danish Institute for Human Rights and the Universal Rights Group, are delighted to launch, today, an important new report on: ‘Human Rights and the Sustainable Development Goals –…

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Reform of the UN human rights petitions system

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Reform of the UN human rights petitions system

In this new policy report on the UN human rights petitions system, Marc Limon offers a first-ever comparative analysis of the visibility, accessibility, responsiveness and effectiveness of all the main international communications procedures. The policy report concludes by offering recommendations for systemic reform of this vital - though often neglected…

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Vision 2021

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The UDHR and universal participation at the Human Rights Council: Two sides of the same coin ?

by Fatou Camara Houel, Coordinator of the Voluntary Technical Assistance Trust Fund for LDCs & SIDS, OHCHR

Ms. Fatou Camara Houel is the Coordinator of the Voluntary Technical Assistance Trust Fund to Support the Participation of Least Developed Countries and Small Island Developing States in the work of the Human Rights Council, administered by the Human Council Branch of the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. Do you…

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The Arc of the Covenant: The unfinished business of UN efforts to combat religious intolerance

by Ben Greenacre, Universal Rights Group

A ‘Lost Covenant’ The combating of religious discrimination is one of the oldest thematic topics of discussion within the UN human rights system. Originally bound closely with discussions on racial discrimination, particularly in the context of resurgent anti-Semitism in the aftermath of World War 2, it harks back to the mandate first handed the Commission…

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Human rights and the 2030 Agenda: Leveraging synergies to achieve the SDGs

by Danica Damplo, Universal Rights Group NYC

On 16 January, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, the Human Rights Council will convene an inter-sessional meeting on the interlinkages between human rights and sustainable development, and on how States can harness the complementarities of international human rights obligations and the SDG commitments to power progress in both areas. The meeting, entitled ‘Human rights…

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ICC States Parties give hope to supporters of humanitarian intervention and the ‘Responsibility to Protect’

by Jorge Crespo García, Universal Rights Group

On 17 July 2018, the International Criminal Court’s jurisdiction over the ‘crime of aggression’ – its fourth ‘core’ crime – was formally activated. This followed the historic decision of States Parties to the Rome Statute on 15 December last year to adopt a resolution amending the instrument. Although States Parties ultimately decided, when adopting the…

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Vision 2021: What is the General Assembly’s 2021-2026 review, and how might the Human Rights Council usefully contribute?

Vision 2021:  What is the General Assembly’s 2021-2026 review, and how might the Human Rights Council usefully contribute? report cover 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…

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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…

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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…

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