ISHR starts campaign to monitor Committee that throttles NGO access to the UN

May 4, 2016

I have written earlier about the worrying trends in the ‘obscure’ “ECOSOC Committee on NGOs”  (https://thoolen.wordpress.com/tag/ecosoc/) which is supposed to consider applications by NGOs for ECOSOC accreditation and, as such, is a key gateway for NGOs to gain access to the UN.

The International Service of Human Rights (ISHR) – which issued earlier a guide [https://thoolen.wordpress.com/tag/practical-guide-to-the-un-committee-on-ngos/] -has now come out with a statement that the “practice of the Committee is wholly unacceptable and must change”.

 

It has addressed a letter to ECOSOC – the parent body of the Committee – and copied to all Member States, the UN Secretary General, President of the General Assembly, and the President of the Human Rights Council. The letter expresses concern regarding the practice of the Committee. It intends to signal the level of concern NGOs feel about restrictions on civil society participation at the UN. The ISHR hopes that a large number of others will sign.

 

In addition to the letter, on Tuesday 24 May the ISHR encourages all NGOs to join in the public gallery at the upcoming Committee session in New York. Although the sessions are public, few NGOs attend and the sessions are not webcast. It is important that Committee members are aware the sessions are being monitored and reported on.

If you have any questions, please contact the International Service for Human Rights: information@ishr.chISHR-logo-colour-high

 

2 Responses to “ISHR starts campaign to monitor Committee that throttles NGO access to the UN”


  1. Dear Jennifer,
    Thank you for your comment and input. As you indicated that it was (in part) confidential I have deleted the content of your message, best Hans

    On Wed, May 4, 2016 at 4:15 PM, Hans Thoolen on Human Rights Defenders wrote:

    > Hans Thoolen posted: “I have written earlier about the worrying trends in > the ‘obscure’ “ECOSOC Committee on NGOs” ( > https://thoolen.wordpress.com/tag/ecosoc/) which is supposed to consider > applications by NGOs for ECOSOC accreditation and, as such, is a key > gateway for NGOs t” >


  2. […] with a statement that the “practice of the Committee is wholly unacceptable and must change” (https://thoolen.wordpress.com/2016/05/04/ishr-starts-campaign-to-monitor-committee-that-throttles-ng…/). As if it was necessary to illustrate the bias of this UN NGO Committee against NGOs here are […]


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