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ISHR highlights essential criteria for appointment of UN human rights expert
Friday, 13 September 2013 15:08


(Geneva, 16 September 2013) - The International Service for Human Rights has today highlighted the essential criteria for appointment of a new Special Rapporteur on human rights defenders, in its statement to the Human Rights Council’s 24th session.


ISHR’s oral statement drew attention to a joint written statement, submitted to the Council by ISHR along with Amnesty International and other non-governmental organisations. The written statement outlines the minimum requirements that prospective candidates to the rapporteurship must fulfil, when a new appointment is made in March 2014.


In its oral statement, ISHR said both previous Special Rapporteurs on the situation of human rights defenders have played a key role in informing the Council about the challenges and violations faced by defenders on the ground, and have lent important political support to their day-to-day struggle. It said the aim of the criteria put forward by ISHR and partner NGOs was to ensure the appointee possesses the necessary independence and expertise.


For further information regarding this development, including the criteria, see ‘ISHR releases guidelines on the appointment of UN human rights experts’.

Last Updated on Monday, 16 September 2013 10:45

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