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UN passes strongest resolution yet on ending reprisals against human rights defenders

UN passes strongest resolution yet on ending reprisals against human rights defenders

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(Geneva, 27 September 2013) – The United Nations has taken a critical step towards ending the disturbing pattern of attacks, harassment and reprisals against human rights defenders and others who cooperate with the UN.

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World's leading human rights body condemns civil society crackdown

World's leading human rights body condemns civil society crackdown

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(Geneva, 27 September 2013) – The world’s top human rights body has condemned the global crackdown on civil society and called on all governments to protect and support the work of non-governmental organisations and human rights defenders.

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Opinion: Protecting and supporting civil society, Ambassador Patricia O’Brien

Opinion: Protecting and supporting civil society, Ambassador Patricia O’Brien

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(Geneva, 20 September 2013) - The spirit of the Vienna Declaration and Program of Action infuses every Council session, reminding us to be ever mindful of the need to respond to human rights challenges and crises, as well as to defend the universality, indivisibility and interdependence of all human rights.

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Human Rights Council must move beyond rhetoric and act to stop reprisals

Human Rights Council must move beyond rhetoric and act to stop reprisals

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(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.

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States fail to address challenges to civil society engagement with UN at panel on gender

States fail to address challenges to civil society engagement with UN at panel on gender

(Geneva, 16 September) - A Human Rights Council debate on the role of civil society in integrating gender throughout the Council’s work saw States affirm the important work of civil society in the work of the UN and specifically in promoting gender equality.

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Canada reviewed under the UPR
Tuesday, 03 February 2009 08:10

 

On 3 February 2009, the UPR Working Group reviewed Canada. The large delegation was headed by Mr John Sims, Deputy Minister in the Department of Justice. The review attracted a lot of interest from States with more than 65 wanting to take part. The review was characterised by a high level of interest in Canada’s cooperation with and performance within the international human rights system, in particular as a member of the Human Rights Council. Some States argued that Canada was not fulfilling its international obligations as a result of ‘double-standards and selectivity’ in its position on Council resolutions dealing with the occupied Palestinian territories, and urged it to change its stance. Some States also urged Canada to review its withdrawal from the Durban Review Conference.The questions and recommendations made covered the following issues:

 

  • Several States focused on Canada’s lack of support for the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and strongly urged the Government to reconsider its position. In relation to the situation of Aboriginal peoples in Canada, many States also expressed concerns about discrimination and disadvantage suffered in the areas of housing, education and employment. They urged the Government to step up its efforts to ensure the full protection of the rights of Aboriginal peoples, in particular women
  • Many States raised concerns about racism and racially motivated violence, in particular against Arab and Muslim minorities and Afro-Canadian persons. Concerns were also expressed about the use of racial profiling in the context of policing. States urged Canada to address root causes of racism and increase its efforts to criminalise and prosecute racist violence
  • Several States commented on the prevalence of domestic violence, in particular against Aboriginal women. They recommended that Canada adopt specific criminal legislation and a national action plan on violence against Aboriginal women as well as take measures to provide effective protection and redress to victims
  • Other issues raised included: ratification of a number of international instruments, trafficking, poverty, policy on clemency from foreign governments in relation to the death penalty, use of taser guns by police, juvenile justice, and the situation of migrants.
  • Finally, many States urged Canada to establish an effective and inclusive process involving civil society to follow-up on the outcome of the UPR.  

 

Click here for general information about the UPR and previous reviews of this session. Download the timetable for the remainder of the 4th session.

 


 

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