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Human Rights Council must act to protect and support NGOs
Tuesday, 10 September 2013 09:41

(Geneva, 10 September 2013) - The UN Human Rights Council should take action to condemn escalating threats to non-governmental organisations and restrictions on their rights to freedom of association, expression and participation in public affairs, the International Service for Human Rights said today.


In a statement to the Council, which is currently meeting in Geneva for its 24th session, ISHR pointed to recent examples of this trend from around the world, including regressive amendments to Azerbaijan's NGO laws, the adoption of Uganda's Public Order Management Bill, and the introduction of the UK's Transparency of Lobbying Bill.

In its statement, ISHR also called on the Council to support the appointment of a high-level focal point within the UN to protect human rights defenders from reprisals and to take action to ensure accountability where they occur. The call comes as the High Commissioner for Human Rights expressed concern about harassment and reprisals against people who cooperated with the UN during her recent visit to Sri Lanka.

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