Report of the second informal meeting of development partners on : ‘International support for the national implementation of UN human rights recommendations, including as a contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals’
Policy or aspiration: Shedding light on the current status of the UN’s Human Rights Up Front initiative
Eight years of the Istanbul process on combatting religions intolerance: Taking stock
The Inside Track NY
2019 Election guide
The report is the fifth annual yourHRC.org Guide to the UN Human Rights Council Elections. It provides general information on the 2019 Council elections (scheduled for 16 October at the GA in New York), when States will compete to win seats for new three-year terms (2020-2022)...
Is the global situation of human rights improving or deteriorating? Making the case for the empirical measurement of human rights change
Measuring human rights performance is not straightforward. Yet it is as important as it is challenging. In the context of the global human rights ‘implementation gap’ that has caught the attention of United Nations (UN) member States, and human rights organisations, professionals and advocates, this policy brief sets out the…
Between 2021 and 2026 the UN General Assembly is scheduled to review the status of the Human Rights Council (i.e. should i remain a subsidiary body or become a main body of the UN). URG’s new policy brief provides background information on the 2021-2016 review, and offers thoughts on how…
yourHRC.org Election Guide
This yourHRC.org Guide, launched on 24th September 2018, provides general information on the 2018 Human Rights Council elections (scheduled for mid October in New York), when States will compete to win seats for new three-year terms (2019-2021)...
HRC37: 'The Inside Track'
The 'Inside Track' is an information tool for delegates and other stakeholders at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, produced by the Universal Rights Group, with the support of the Permanent Mission of Singapore to the UN in Geneva. 'The Inside Track' on the 37th regular session of the…
Human rights institutions, mechanisms and processes
The international community has at its disposal a comprehensive institutional machinery to respond to human rights concerns around the world. It is essential for the promotion and protection of human rights that the international community's institutions, mechanisms and processes operate to their fullest potential...
Corruption: a human rights impact assessment
This new policy brief aims to measure the serious impacts of corruption on internationally protected human rights, and thus to help build a case for a serious push by the international community to combat and eliminate corruption, as an essential prerequisite to the full enjoyment of human rights and the…
Contemporary and emerging issues
Concern for human rights is central to many of the contemporary world's most important challenges. From environmental protests in Asia to debates about the nature of sustainable development in New York, and from concern about the welfare of cross-border migrants to growing interest in the power of technology to support…
Religion and human rights
This project aims to generate awareness and challenge misconceptions as to the compatibility of religion and international human rights norms, and looks at how such misconceptions affect human rights policy.
The Glion Human Rights Dialogue
The Glion Human Rights Dialogue provides a platform for representatives of states, OHCHR, the wider UN, and other key parts of the human rights system such as Special Procedure mandate-holders, members of Treaty Bodies, and NGOs, to offer their assessment of the key challenges they face and their vision of…
6TH MEETING OF THE ISTANBUL PROCESS
On 20-21 July 2016, the Government of Singapore hosted the sixth meeting of the Istanbul Process, organised in collaboration with the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS). This report seeks to summarise some of the key points made during each part of the meeting, and to collate some of…
Analysis of worldwide media coverage of the Human Rights Council in 2016
The URG's first annual survey of global media coverage of the UN Human Rights Council provides an insight into how effectively the Council, and its mechanisms and representatives, are making their voices heard in the media around the globe.
URG Policy Brief: EHRDs - A Global Crisis
Policy Brief on the situation of ‘environmental human rights defenders’ (EHRDs), individuals working, often at great personal risk, at the interface of human rights and environmental protection. The report, authored by John Knox, UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment, is a first comprehensive assessment of the challenges…
URG Policy Report: Human rights, religion, and universality
URG’s Policy Report on ‘The march of universality?’ by Başak Çalı and Mariana Montoya presents the findings of a two-year project to map and analyse the implications of all reservations to the core human rights conventions, and to better understand the extent and nature of these key checks on the…
HRC36: 'The Inside Track'
The new and improved 'Inside Track' is an information tool for delegates and other stakeholders at the UN Human Rights Council (Council), produced by URG, with the support of the Permanent Mission of Singapore. 'The Inside Track' on the 36th session of the Human Rights Council is out now.
'Glion IV' report: Operationalizing the Council's 'prevention' mandate
The report of the fourth Glion Human Rights Dialogue is an informal document summarising (in a non-attributable manner) some of the key ideas developed during the Glion retreat, and based on three policy dialogues and is out now.
yourHRC.org Guide to the 2017 UN Human Rights Council Elections
This yourHRC.org Guide, launched on 19th September 2017, provides general information on the 2017 Human Rights Council elections (scheduled for mid October in New York), when States will compete to win seats for new three-year terms (2018-2020)...
yourHRC.org report the Human Rights Council in 2017
This yourHRC.org Report, launched on 12th December 2017, provides general information on the work of the Human Rights Council and its member States during 2017...
Human Rights and the Sustainable Development Goals – Pursuing Synergies
The Permanent Missions of Azerbaijan, Chile, Denmark, Ecuador, Fiji, Luxembourg, Portugal, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Thailand and Uruguay, with the support of the Danish Institute for Human Rights and the Universal Rights Group, are delighted to launch, today, an important new report on: ‘Human Rights and the Sustainable Development Goals –…
Reform of the UN human rights petitions system
In this new policy report on the UN human rights petitions system, Marc Limon offers a first-ever comparative analysis of the visibility, accessibility, responsiveness and effectiveness of all the main international communications procedures. The policy report concludes by offering recommendations for systemic reform of this vital - though often neglected…
Prevention first and foremost: speaking at the UN General Assembly, the High Commissioner and HRC President highlight cross-cutting human rights work
by Danica Damplo, Universal Rights Group NYC
As part of the 74th Session of the UN General Assembly, the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the President of the Human Rights Council (Council) gave statements to the Third Committee at UN Headquarters in New York City and engaged in an interactive dialogue with member States. These interactions provided an opportunity for a discussion of cross-cutting human rights work and priorities, as well as ideas for cooperation between Geneva and New York. High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ms Michelle Bachelet On 15 October, the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ms Michelle Bachelet, addressed the Third Committee and then responded to…
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‘Unfriending’ online hate: The contribution of the World Jewish Congress
by Leon Saltiel, WJC’s Representative in Geneva and Project Manager on Countering Antisemitism, Yfat Barak-Cheney, WJC’s Director of International Affairs
There is little doubt that one of the modern world’s principal political challenges is the rise of hate speech, particularly in the cyber arena. Such hateful and intolerant expression, especially when widely circulated via the internet, promotes populism, extremism and radicalisation and deplorably leads to violence and murderous attacks. This incitement tears societies apart, threatens democracy and the rule of law. No population group is immune to such hatred. In recent years, the combination of hate speech and the power and reach of online media platforms as well as social media, have created a toxic mix which the international community…
Given UN failings in Myanmar, where is Human Rights up Front?
by Jennifer Norris, Lawyer and human rights advocate
What happened to the UN’s Human Rights up Front initiative? This is a question many human rights advocates have asked since UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres took office in 2016. A recent report on the UN’s failings in Myanmar during the atrocities committed against the Rohingya in 2017 has put this question in stark relief. The independent review, conducted by Gert Rosenthal, a Guatemalan diplomat with expertise on the UN and conflict prevention, concluded that the UN could have done more to avoid or mitigate the horrific events in Myanmar. Rosenthal’s report offers a sobering lesson on how the organisation has…
Beauty and strength lie in diversity
by Marghoob Saleem Butt, Executive Director of the Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission of the OIC
Does respecting universal human rights mean that everyone must accept and adopt unified sociocultural values and practices? Clearly the answer is no. Yet at international level we see regular efforts to malign specific countries or societies based on their religious and cultural backgrounds. Despite a general agreement among scholars that present-day human rights are the common heritage of all civilisations, we continue to witness policies and actions in some quarters that tend to reject diversity and impose one set of rules and ideas on the rest of the world. These actions are more pronounced at multilateral forums, where certain countries…
2019 Human Rights Council elections: good news overshadowed by complacency and short-termism
by Marc Limon, Executive Director of the Universal Rights Group
Yesterday’s elections to the Human Rights Council for the three-year membership term (2020-2022) brought some good news, but also served to demonstrate – again – the complacency and short-termism that characterises most States’ approach to these important polls. First, the good news. Overall, the elections strengthened the composition of the Human Rights Council. In the Asia-Pacific Group (APG), for example, Indonesia, Japan, Korea and the Marshall Islands all had strong candidatures and, broadly speaking, can be expected to take principled positions on both thematic and country-specific Council initiatives (though Indonesia usually abstains on country-specific texts). For its part, Marshall Islands…
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OSLO+1 - International support for the national implementation of UN human rights recommendations, including as a contribution to the Sustainable Development GoalsOn 10 May 2019, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sweden and the Swedish Agency for International Development Cooperation (Sida), in cooperation with the Universal…
previous policy reports
Policy or aspiration: shedding light on the current status of the UN's Human Rights Up Front initiativeThe question of ‘what happened to Human Rights up Front’ is an oft repeated refrain in meetings with New York civil society. However, little consistent,…
Eight years of the Istanbul process on combatting religions intolerance: Taking stockThe main intergovernmental policy framework for combatting religious intolerance, stigmatisation, discrimination, incitement to violence and violence against persons based on religion or belief is set…
URG next event
Launch of yourHRC.org report: The Human Rights Council in 2019
By invitation onlyOn Thursday 5th December, the Permanent Mission of Norway will host a Human Rights end-of-year reception to look back on the work, achievements and challenges of the Council in the past year. The reception, organised in cooperation with the Universal Rights Group (URG), will also mark the launch of the third yourHRC.org end-of-year report: ‘The Human ...
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environment-rights.org is a resource portal for environment human rights defenders, inspiring individuals working at the interface of environmental protection and human rights - often at great personal risk. The portal provides access to local support networks and international protection, reminding environmental defenders that they are not alone.