Vision 2021

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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

UN Development System Reforms: an Update

by URG-NYC Team

On 31 May 2018, the United Nations General Assembly adopted resolution 72/279, accepting measures for change along the lines of the Secretary General’s recommendations and setting in motion one of the most comprehensive reforms of the UN Development System (UNDS) to date. This post provides an update on these reforms. The URG-NYC team will also be publishing updates soon on reforms to the peace and security architecture, as well as management system reforms.   Objectives The main objective of the development reforms is to place sustainable development at the “heart” of the UN’s work, with the 2030 Agenda serving as…

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High Commissioner speaks to the Security Council on human rights in Haiti

by Danica Damplo, Universal Rights Group NYC

On April 3rd the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, addressed the Security Council on the “Human Rights Situation in Haiti.”  She marked the progress made so far on human rights, highlighted areas of persistent violations, and advised on how the Security Council can strengthen the rule of law, development, and peace during the proposed transition of UN operations in Haiti by promoting and protecting human rights. The High Commissioner gave her statement during the Security Council meeting regarding the planned closure of the United Nations Mission for Justice Support in Haiti (MINUJUSTH), and possible transition to a special…

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How to operationalize the Council’s prevention mandate, and where does it fit within the Secretary-General’s UN ‘prevention agenda’?

by Marc Limon, Executive Director of the Universal Rights Group

The following blog is based on a presentation given by Marc Limon, URG Executive Director, during the final panel discussion of the 9-10 April Council inter-sessional meeting, held at the Palais des Nations (UN) pursuant to Council resolution 38/18. The Human Rights Council (Council) this week convened a first inter-sessional seminar on how to operationalize its prevention mandate, as set forth in paragraph 5f of GA resolution 60/251. The seminar, the first of three sets of consultations with States and civil society to be held in 2019 (two in Geneva and one in New York), was held pursuant to Council…

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The Emergence and Coming of Age of National Mechanisms for Implementation, Reporting and Follow-up

by Marc Limon, Executive Director of the Universal Rights Group, Ellis Paterson, Research Assistant, Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law

One of the most promising yet least-studied and least-understood developments for the universal human rights ‘project’ (as Sir Nigel Rodley coined it) is the emergence and early development over the past three or four years of so-called ‘national mechanisms for implementation, reporting and follow-up’ (NMIRFs). These standing bodies, which usually enjoy high-level political backing, are responsible for coordinating the implementation, as appropriate, of all recommendations received by a State from all relevant UN human rights mechanisms, as well as – in some instances – from regional human rights mechanisms. NMIRFs are founded upon an understanding that, in order to bridge…

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Report on the 40th session of the Human Rights Council

by the URG team

Quick summary The 40th regular session of the Human Rights Council (HRC40) was held from Monday 25 February to Friday 22 March 2019. As it is the main annual session of the Council, HRC40 began with a High-Level Segment (HLS). The 2019 HLS included speeches by 97 State and other dignitaries, including: H.E. Béji Caïd Essebi, President of Tunisia; H.E. Josaia Bainimarama, Prime Minister of Fiji; H.E. Epsy Campbell Barr, First Vice-President of Costa Rica; H.E. María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés (Ecuador), President of the GA; and H.E. António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations. In total, three heads of State,…

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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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