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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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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

The UN Strategy and Plan of Action on Hate Speech: tackling discrimination, hostility and violence

by Rodrigo Saad, Universal Rights Group - NYC

‘Hate speech is a challenge from which no country is immune,’ stated Adama Dieng, Special Advisor on the Prevention of Genocide at the launch event of the UN Strategy and Plan of Action on Hate Speech. The system-wide strategy was launched amid a backdrop of surging levels of xenophobia, racism, and overall intolerance throughout the world. This trend has been amplified by social media and information communication technologies, which have become incubators for bigotry. Perspectives once considered extreme are moving into the mainstream in both liberal democracies and authoritarian States. At the launch event, Secretary-General António Guterres argued, ‘hate speech has been a precursor to…

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Human rights and the 2030 Agenda: key messages from the high level political forum on sustainable development

by Rodrigo Saad, Universal Rights Group - NYC

As UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed stated during her address to the Council last March, ‘Human rights are an intrinsic part of sustainable development—and sustainable development is a powerful vehicle for the realisation of all human rights.’ The adoption of the 2030 Agenda in 2015 signalled a fundamental shift in the UN’s development paradigm—from one traditionally based on a flawed orthodoxy overemphasising economic growth to a broader understanding of development, which takes into account the element of sustainability based on the human rights principles of equality and non-discrimination. In his May 2019 report on ‘progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals,’…

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UN human rights mechanisms proving effective SDGs monitor

by Steven L. B. Jensen, Researcher at the Danish Institute for Human Rights

The SDGs are mostly aligned with human rights objectives — to emphasise this, the UN human rights mechanisms are showing a willingness to hold states accountable to their SDG commitments. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are renewing the debate on the relationship between human rights and development. In 2005, Philip Alston famously described the relationship between the Millennium Development Goals and human rights “as ships passing one another in the night, each with little awareness that the other is there, and with little if any sustained engagement with one another.” This changed with the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for…

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Report on the 41st session of the Human Rights Council

by the URG team

Quick summary The 41st regular session of the Human Rights Council (HRC41) was held from Monday 24th June to Friday 12th July 2019. On 24th June, H.E. Ms. Michelle Bachelet presented her oral update on the global human rights situation. A number of dignitaries delivered statements during the session, including inter alia, H.E. Mr. Rumen Radev, President of Bulgaria; H.E. Ms. Hilda C. Heine, President of the Republic of the Marshall Islands; H.E. Ms. Katrin Jakobsdottir, Prime Minister of Iceland; H.E. Mr. Zohrab Mnatsakanyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Armenia; H.E. Mr. Aksel Jakobsen, Deputy Minister for Development of Norway; and H.E. Ms. Yoka…

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Monitoring the SDGs? Find out how Human Rights Measurement Initiative data can help

by Susan Randolph, Co-Founder & Economic and Social Rights Metrics Lead, Human Rights Measurement Initiative (HRMI), Anne-Marie Brook, Co-founder and Development Lead, Human Rights Measurement Initiative (HRMI)

There are strong connections between human rights monitoring and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Indeed, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development ‘seeks to realise the human rights of all.’ So it should not come as a surprise to learn that the Human Rights Measurement Initiative (HRMI)’s metrics tracking country performance on the provisions of the core human rights treaties[1] are an important complement to the SDGs. This post sets out three ways in which HRMI data support comprehensive and robust SDG reporting: First, a key feature of HRMI’s assessments is that they are independent of governments, whereas the SDGs are…

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Sep 04
2019

Glion VI report launch and discussion

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The Glion VI retreat and its preparatory policy dialogues, was focused on the topic: 'Towards 2026: Perspectives on the future of the Human Rights Council.' Glion VI provided a platform for UN member States, the President of the Human Rights Council, senior UN officials (including the Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Assistant ...

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