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yourHRC.org Election Guide

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yourHRC.org Election Guide

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Corruption: a human rights impact assessment

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Corruption: a human rights impact assessment

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HRC37: 'The Inside Track'

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HRC37: 'The Inside Track'

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Human rights institutions, mechanisms and processes

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Human rights institutions, mechanisms and processes

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Contemporary and emerging issues

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Contemporary and emerging issues

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Religion and human rights

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Religion and human rights

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The Glion Human Rights Dialogue

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The Glion Human Rights Dialogue

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6TH MEETING OF THE ISTANBUL PROCESS

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6TH MEETING OF THE ISTANBUL PROCESS

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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

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URG Policy Brief: EHRDs - A Global Crisis

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URG Policy Brief: EHRDs - A Global Crisis

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URG Policy Report: Human rights, religion, and universality

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URG Policy Report: Human rights, religion, and universality

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HRC36: 'The Inside Track'

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HRC36: 'The Inside Track'

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Reform of the UN human rights petitions system

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Reform of the UN human rights petitions system

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February 2019

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…

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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…

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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…

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URG Insights

Human rights and elections: a call for coordination and action

by Avery Davis-Roberts, Associate Director of the Democracy Program at the Carter Center

In 2018 alone, more than 100 electoral events took place around the globe, including in the United States where an estimated 113 million registered US voters turned out to cast ballots in a highly contested mid-term election. This year, elections will take place in every region of the world, including in two of the most populous nations, India and Indonesia. The US is an outlier. Unlike most of the elections held in other parts of the world, the US mid-term elections were not widely observed by international elections observers. Large numbers of nonpartisan citizen elections observers did not deploy to…

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The independence of the international civil service, 1919-2019: Minority rights at the League of Nations and human rights at the United Nations

by John Burley, Formerly UNDP; Office of the Director-General; UNCTAD between 1972-2004.

Part one Almost exactly a hundred years ago today, the Paris Peace Conference adopted the Covenant of the League of Nations and appointed the British diplomat Eric Drummond as the first Secretary-General. The choice was fortuitous. In this article, which will be split into two parts, I will seek to explain how Drummond built the first-ever independent international civil service, and how that service was tested by the League’s administration of the minorities treaties. I will also show how, eventually, the international civil service transitioned, after the Second World War, between the League’s minorities regime and the new United Nations’…

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Mid-way to universality! CTI2024 supporting all States to ratify and implement the UN Convention against Torture

by Dr. Alice Edwards, Head of the CTI Secretariat

Guiding States on how to prevent and respond to torturous forms of abuse of power or position is what the UN Convention against Torture is all about. Yet, despite torture being long condemned and the prohibition recognised as a jus cogens international norm, there continue to be grave abuses perpetrated in many countries and in all regions. In others, lack of safeguards or systems can lead to incidents, and if not guarded against, could spiral into patterns of unacceptable behaviour. No State or region is immune from such excesses; and all States have something to learn and share about how…

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UN management system reform: an update

by URG-NYC Team

This post is the second in a series of blogs produced by the URG-NYC team to take stock of the implementation of the UN reforms, which were adopted in the past 18 months, and provides an update on perhaps the most opaque series of reforms: changes to the UN management system. Objectives All of the reforms are intended, to varying degrees, to modernise the UN, to streamline and increase the efficiency of its work, and prioritise delivery of services at the country level. This is particularly evident in the reform of its management architecture. The management reforms are about modernising…

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The UN human rights system and Sudan: a new chapter?

by Nicolas Agostini, Representative to the United Nations for DefendDefenders

In September 2018, the Human Rights Council adopted resolution 39/22, on ‘Technical assistance and capacity-building to improve human rights in the Sudan.’ No one should be fooled by its title: this latest iteration of the Council’s Sudan-focused resolutions was, in the words of Human Rights Watch, ‘an abdication of the Council’s responsibility to human rights victims in Sudan while grave violations are ongoing.’[1] It marked a sad, yet logical, conclusion to years of resolutions that failed to reflect the gravity of the situation on the ground. From civil society’s perspective, resolutions on the situation in Sudan have been among the…

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URG next event

May 27
2019

The Glion Human Rights Dialogue 2019 (‘Glion VI’): ‘Towards 2026 – Perspectives on the future of the Human Rights Council’

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The Glion Human Rights Dialogue is a retreat bringing together around sixty senior policy-makers and other stakeholders in an informal, non-attributable setting designed to promote open, forward-looking and solutions-oriented debate. This year’s Dialogue, which is organised by the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs and the URG, in partnership with the Permanent Missions of Botswana, Fiji, Iceland, Mexico, ...

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