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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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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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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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September 2019

Towards 2026 - Perspectives on the future of the Human Rights Council (Glion VI)

Towards 2026 - Perspectives on the future of the Human Rights Council (Glion VI) report cover The sixth Glion Human Rights Dialogue (Glion VI), organised by Switzerland and the Universal Rights Group (URG), in partnership with the Permanent Missions of Botswana,…

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Emergency and non-Emergency Support for Environmental Defenders: Pilot project in Colombia

The situation for defenders of the land, the environment, and the territory (LEDs) in Latin America is nothing short of dire. Multiple reports demonstrate that…

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

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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URG Insights

Do digital technologies hurt or support human rights?

by the URG team

On 14 May this year, the San Francisco city council voted to ban the use of facial recognition technology by local authorities and agencies, including the police. Several other US cities, and even some States, are now considering following suit. These important developments come in the wake of the release of a recent study by Georgetown University, which found that the use of facial recognition technology by the FBI and local law enforcement agencies serves to entrench societal biases, largely as a result of the technology’s tendency to misidentify anyone who isn’t a young white male (upon whom the algorithms…

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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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Sep 23
2019

Launch of the yourHRC Guide to the 2019 UN Human Rights Council Elections

Public event

On Monday 23rd September 2019, the Permanent Mission of Norway and the Universal Rights Group (URG) will host a lunch reception to mark the launch of the yourHRC.org Guide to the 2019 UN Human Rights Council Elections. The report is the fifth annual yourHRC.org Guide to the UN Human Rights Council Elections. It provides general ...

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