URG welcomes passage of landmark new UN resolution on prevention

by the URG team Blog, Blog, International human rights institutions, mechanisms and processes, News, Press, URG News

Wednesday 7th October 2020, Geneva The Universal Rights Group (URG) welcomes today’s passage of an important new Human Rights Council resolution on the prevention of human rights violations and emergencies. The resolution, led by Norway, Sierra Leone, Switzerland and Uruguay, was adopted by vote at the 45th session of the Council with 32 in favour, 11 abstentions and 3 against (Bahrain, Cameroon and Venezuela). …

The RightON web chat series will be back in September

by the URG team Blog, Blog, News, Press, URG News

The web chat on  Business, the Economy, and Livelihoods in a COVID-19 World  marked the last  ‘Right On’  online event before the summer break. The series will resume in September, at the pace of one online event per month. ‘While the series was originally developed to keep the human rights discussion going during the COVID-19 crisis, we decided – due to its success and the fact that it allowed us to …

Placing human rights at the heart of the UN’s prevention agenda would reduce suffering and save world governments over US$35 billion per year

by the URG team Blog, Blog, News, Press

UN efforts over the past thirty years to shift its approach to crises and conflicts from reaction to prevention have largely failed for two main reasons, according to a new report by the Universal Rights Group (URG) think tank. First, because it is far easier for world governments to invest political and financial capital in responding to humanitarian disasters (especially …

URG officially opens New York office

by the URG team Blog, Blog, News, Press, URG News

On 1st July, Universal Rights Group New York (URG NYC) was formally incorporated, with the primary aims of strengthening URG’s engagement with States, UN officials and NGOs active at UN headquarters, and more effectively covering and analyzing developments in key New York-based UN bodies and organizations, including the General Assembly (especially the Third Committee), the Security Council, the High Level …

Pablo de Greiff joins URG Board of Trustees

by the URG team Blog, Blog, News, Press, URG News

The Universal Rights Group is pleased to announce that renowned human rights expert Pablo de Greiff (Colombia) has joined the organisation’s Board of Trustees. Pablo de Greiff has over 20 years experience in global policy development of country level initiatives to prevent and recover from mass atrocities and human rights violations. His work focuses on drawing together human rights, peace …

US calls Human Rights Council the “UN’s greatest failure” but recommits to pushing for reforms

by Danica Damplo, Universal Rights Group NYC Blog, Blog, News

On July 18, the Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley gave the keynote address at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative American think tank, on the US withdrawal from the UN Human Rights Council. The full speech and subsequent panel discussion can be found  here . Ambassador Haley characterised the United States as a unique nation, with values of freedom and human dignity embedded in its very foundation. She …

URG Latin America officially incorporated in Colombia

by the URG team Blog, Blog, News, Press, URG News

17h May 2018, Bogota One of the primary purposes of the Universal Rights Group (URG) is to deliver real change and real on-the-ground impact on human rights issues of immediate relevance and importance around the world. With that in mind, in 2015, the URG took the decision to explore opening regional offices in different regions of the world, including Latin …

Statement from URG Chair

by URG Chair and Geneva News, Press, URG News

On behalf of the Board of Trustees and staff of the Universal Rights Group, I would like to express our deep shock and sorrow at the passing of our esteemed founding Board Member, Asma Jahangir. Asma had been a major source of guidance and wisdom in our work over the past five years. She has also, of course, been an …

Pacific workshop pushes for universal ratification of UNCAT

by Marc Limon, Executive Director of the Universal Rights Group and Olivia Bebe Contemporary and emerging human rights issues, News, Press, URG News

Friday 28th October 2016, Fiji  On 27-28 October 2016, the Universal Rights Group supported the organisation of a Convention against Torture Initiative (CTI) workshop for Pacific Island States in Natadola, Fiji. The regional workshop, entitled ‘Benefits of, and challenges to, the ratification and implementation of the UN Convention against Torture in the Pacific region: sharing experiences and building capacity,’ represented …