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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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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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June 2019

Is the global situation of human rights improving or deteriorating? Making the case for the empirical measurement of human rights change

Is the global situation of human rights improving or deteriorating? Making the case for the empirical measurement of human rights change report cover Commentary on the worldwide human rights situation is often characterised by assertions of an unfolding human rights crisis in much of the developing world, and…

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

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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URG Insights

UN peace and security reform: an update

by URG-NYC Team

This post is the third 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. This post covers reforms to the peace and security pillar.  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. The main objective of the peace and security reforms is to improve the capacity of the peace and security architecture of the UN to support…

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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 UN – Part 2

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

In part one of this blog post, which can be read here, I described the origins of the independent international civil service, created in 1919. I also highlighted the importance of the adoption, as part of the overall Treaty of Versailles, of a set of treaties on minorities (i.e. the minority treaties). Part two will look at how the secretariat of the League administered the minority rights provisions of these treaties and how that experience fed into the building of the secretariat function of the United Nations (UN). A recently published book,[1] co-authored by four former UN officials, has thrown…

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Does Bachelet’s mission to Cameroon point towards a more prevention-orientated future for UN Human Rights?

by Marc Limon, Executive Director of the Universal Rights Group

In early May the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, undertook an important mission to Cameroon, a country beset by serious human rights challenges especially in the context of unrest and violence in the west and north of the country. That a High Commissioner would undertake an urgent visit to a country facing a situation of serious human rights violations is not, of course, surprising in of itself. What was noteworthy, however, was Bachelet’s approach to the visit and tone of the press statement she issued at its conclusion. Both emphasised the importance of cooperation between the Cameroon…

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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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May 24
2019

Friday Exchange: The 25th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women and the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action

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The Fourth World Conference on Women, held in Beijing in 1995, was one of the largest gatherings of State delegates, international experts, and civil society (especially women’s rights groups) representatives in the history of the UN. With the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, the conference represented a critical turning point in international efforts to promote gender equality, the empowerment of women and women’s rights. Endorsed by representatives from 189 ...

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