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Human Rights Council must move beyond rhetoric and act to stop reprisals against human rights defenders
Wednesday, 18 September 2013 12:37


(Geneva, 18 September 2013) – The International Service for Human Rights has today called on the Human Rights Council to raise the stakes and ‘go beyond reporting’ in its response to the issue of reprisals.


In a statement on behalf of fourteen non-governmental organisations, [1] ISHR said the Human Rights Council must answer the Secretary-General’s call for a coherent, coordinated and systematic institutional response, to prove it is serious about ending reprisals.


The NGOs called for the Council to request the urgent appointment of a UN-wide focal point to coordinate such a response.


They said the Council must ensure that States mentioned in the Secretary-General’s annual report on reprisals are made to inform the Council in a regular and timely manner of the steps taken to investigate reprisals cases. They also said effort should be made to build awareness of the report, and to encourage those who have suffered or face reprisals to submit their cases.


Finally, States were called to do their part to address the issue domestically, by ensuring national laws and policies explicitly protect the rights of all persons to unhindered access to international bodies.


[1] Amnesty International, Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), Association for the Prevention of Torture, Bahá'í International Community, Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies, Center for Legal and Social Studies (CELS), CIVICUS World Alliance for Citizen Participation, Comisión Colombiana de Juristas (Colombian Commission of Jurists), Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative, East and Horn Africa Human Rights Defenders Project (EHAHRDP), Human Rights Watch, International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), International Federation of Human Rights Leagues (FIDH), International Service for Human Rights.


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