Upcoming Human Rights Council to deal with laws affecting human rights defenders

February 15, 2013

The UN Human Rights Council’s 22nd session will be held from 25 February to 22 March 2013 and consider a range of significant thematic and country-specific human rights issues and actions. The ISHR provides timely and expert information especially as for human rights defenders there are several relevant initiatives. Norway will lead negotiations on a resolution focusing on legislation that affects human rights defenders with the goal of improving the protection of human rights defenders and eliminating laws which impair their work. ISHRISHR-logo-colour-high has watched the development of this resolution closely. The resolution will build on the report of the Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders, Ms Margaret Sekaggya, to the UN General Assembly in 2012. This report considered the issue of the ‘criminalisation’ of human rights defenders through laws which are used or misused to hinder, obstruct or render unlawful actions to promote and protect human rights. ISHR will organise a side event with the Special Rapporteur on human rights defenders on 5 March from 12pm – 2pm which will provide an interactive space for further discussion of the issue of criminalisation and the specific impacts this has on human rights defenders around the world. The Special Rapporteur on human rights defenders will also present her latest report to the Human Rights Council, the subject of which is the role of national human rights institutions in the promotion and protection of human rights. She will also report on country visits made to Honduras, Tunisia, and Ireland. Based on the thematic calendar of resolutions, a resolution on peaceful protests is also likely to be negotiated at this session…..

via International Service for Human Rights | Council Alert: Human Rights Council to negotiate landmark resolution on laws affecting human rights defenders.

8 Responses to “Upcoming Human Rights Council to deal with laws affecting human rights defenders”

  1. Gianni Magazzeni Says:

    Human rights do not have any borders: Pillay

    GENEVA (14 February 2013) – The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights,
    Navi Pillay, stressed Thursday the importance of addressing human rights
    issues in disputed territories, following the publication today of the
    first report on the human rights situation in the Transnistrian region*.

    “Human rights do not have any borders. It is vital to address underlying
    human rights issues in disputed territories, regardless of the political
    recognition or the legal status of a territory,” Pillay said.

    “People living in disputed territories, where legitimacy of control over a
    territory, security, development and humanitarian concerns are frequent,
    often lack or have very limited access to effective legal remedies,” the
    High Commissioner said. “These political deadlocks and security concerns
    all together affect the full enjoyment of their human rights and often
    create protection gaps. But the bottom line is that all human rights
    should be enjoyed by all people at all times regardless of these
    constraints,” Pillay said.

    The report by the independent senior expert, Mr. Thomas Hammarberg, was a
    follow-up to the visit by the High Commissioner to the Republic of
    Moldova, including the Transnistrian region, in November 2011. Mr.
    Hammarberg’s report highlights key human rights issues in the
    Transnistrian region which has not been under the effective control of the
    Government of the Republic of Moldova since 1992.

    Following three visits between May and November 2012 to assess the human
    rights situation on the ground, Mr. Hammarberg recommended a review of the
    ordinary legislation to address aspects which are not consistent with
    international human rights law.

    He also called for a thorough reform of the penitentiary system, including
    a reduction of the number of prisoners, the abolition of inhuman
    disciplinary measures in prisons and training of prison staff. The human
    rights expert also asked the de facto authorities to give high priority to
    measures against trafficking of human beings and its root causes.

    Welcoming the full cooperation by the de facto authorities and the access
    given to Mr. Hammarberg in the Transnistrian region, the High Commissioner
    called on the de facto authorities “to address the deeply rooted problems
    identified in the report and to fully implement its recommendations,
    including the development of a plan of action for human rights.”

    “Mr. Hammarberg’s research in the Transnistrian region clearly
    demonstrates how the deployment of technical human rights experts can
    truly benefit people on the ground, without having a bearing on issues of
    political recognition or the legal status of a territory,” Pillay said.

    The High Commissioner called upon all parties to ensure that the human
    rights needs of affected people are addressed as swiftly and effectively
    as possible.

    “We should neither forget nor neglect the human rights of people who live
    in areas which, for various reasons, are controlled by de facto
    authorities,” said the High Commissioner, who has been repeatedly
    advocating for human rights issues to be addressed in the context of
    protracted conflicts.

    “I also urge Member States and the international community to be proactive
    in supporting the deployment of human rights experts, to focus on the
    human rights situation in other disputed territories worldwide,” she said.

    ENDS

    *The Report on Human Rights in the Transnistrian Region of the Republic of
    Moldova is available online
    · In English:
    http://www.un.md/key_doc_pub/Senior_Expert_Hammarberg_Report_TN_Human_Rights.pdf

    · In Moldovan:
    http://www.un.md/key_doc_pub/Expert_Superior_Hammarberg_Raport_TN_DrepturileOmului.pdf
    · In Russian:
    http://www.un.md/key_doc_pub/Senior_Expert_Hammarberg_Report_TN_Human_Rights_Russian.pdf

    To read the full statement of the High Commissioner following her visit to
    the Republic of Moldova, including the Transnistrian region, go to:
    http://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=11569&LangID=E

    For more information or media requests, please contact Cécile Pouilly (+
    41 22 917 9310 / cpouilly@ohchr.org)
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    Gianni Magazzeni
    Chief of Branch,
    Americas, Europe and Central Asia.
    Field Operations and Technical Cooperation Division
    Office of the High Commissioner
    for Human Rights

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    From: Hans Thoolen on Human Rights Defenders

    To: gmagazzeni@ohchr.org
    Date: 15/02/2013 16:17
    Subject: [New post] Upcoming Human Rights Council to deal with laws
    affecting human rights defenders

    Hans Thoolen posted: “The UN Human Rights Council’s 22nd session will be
    held from 25 February to 22 March 2013 and consider a range of significant
    thematic and country-specific human rights issues and actions. The ISHR
    provides timely and expert information especially as for “

  2. Hans Thoolen Says:

    indeed Gianni good to draw the attention to human rights in the disputed territories which often fall between the wall and the ship


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