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Advancing women’s rights and sexual rights in the Mano River region of Africa
Monday, 05 August 2013 15:07

 

(Freetown, Sierra Leone – 5 August 2013) – From 5 to 7 August, the International Service for Human Rights, together with the National Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone and the National Human Rights Defenders Network of Sierra Leone, is holding a workshop on the implementation of recommendations made during the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) related to women’s and sexual rights.

 

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Statement: Israel decision to boycott human rights review threatens the rule of law
Tuesday, 29 January 2013 18:46

 

Israel’s unilateral decision to withdraw from a periodic review of its human rights record risks undermining international accountability and the rule of law, according to the International Service for Human Rights.

 

The Human Rights Council resolved on 29 January to postpone the Universal Periodic Review of Israel after the state indicated that it would not cooperate with the process. This is the first time that a state has withdrawn from the UPR, which is the preeminent international mechanism by which the human rights record of every state is systematically reviewed by all 193 states which comprise the UN.

 

‘The UPR provides an important opportunity for the international community to constructively engage with the state under review in order to ensure accountability for international obligations and to discuss ways to better promote and protect human rights on the ground. It is also a critical forum for human rights defenders and non-government organisations to voice their concerns about the recognition and protection of human rights in the country under review,’ said Michael Ineichen of the International Service for Human Rights.

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 January 2013 12:28
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States call for Bahamas to abolish death penalty
Tuesday, 29 January 2013 10:30

 

While the Bahamas was commended for its decriminalisation of same-sex relations, States undertaking a review of the Bahamas’ human rights record were concerned that the country continues to use the death penalty. The concerns were expressed during Bahamas’ review by fellow UN member States under the Universal Periodic Review (UPR), held on 23 January 2013.

Last Updated on Friday, 22 February 2013 12:00
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Cultural values clash with key human rights recommendations in Barbados
Tuesday, 29 January 2013 00:00

 

The statutory existence of the death penalty and the criminalisation of homosexuality were two criticisms levelled by States at Barbados during a review of its human rights record. The review took place in Geneva under the process of Universal Periodic Review (UPR) and is the second time Barbados has faced questioning from States in this forum.  

Last Updated on Monday, 25 February 2013 22:42
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Botswana struggles to achieve gender equality and ethnic minority rights
Tuesday, 29 January 2013 00:00

 

Women’s rights dominated the criticisms and recommendations received by Botswana from UN member States during its second Universal Periodic Review (UPR). States pointed out that three out of four women in Botswana are subject to gender-based violence.

 

Botswana’s Minister of Defence, Justice and Security, Mr Dikgakgamatso Ramadeluka Seretse, presented the country’s second UPR report. He said out that in 2009, for the first time, a woman was elected the head of Botswana’s legislature. Further, women became heads of the Central Bank, Attorney General, and Ombudsman.

 

Botswana also created a National Children’s Council, and as per recommendations from the first cycle, became members of several human rights treaties. However, several States recommended that Botswana ratify the International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights, a recommendation it has not implemented from the first cycle.

Last Updated on Friday, 22 February 2013 12:05
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