UN Human Rights Council decides to appoint new Special Rapporteur

Today, the United Nations’ Human Rights Council adopted a resolution on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and association. The resolution not only recognizes that these freedoms are essential components of democracy, but also pays attention to their importance to the full enjoyment of civil and political rights, and economic, social and cultural rights.

Furthermore, the resolution emphasizes the importance of being able to exercise the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and association free of restrictions, subject only to the limitations permitted by international law, in particular international human rights law. This is indispensable, it further reads, to the full enjoyment of human rights, particularly where individuals may espouse minority or dissenting religious or political beliefs.

When it comes to the resolutions’ requests and recommendations, it calls upon states to respect and fully protect the rights of all individuals to assemble peacefully and associate freely, including in the ocntext of elections. Human rights defenders are mentioned alongside trade unionists, persons belonging to minorities and others as groups that ought to be included and entitled to the same freedoms in this field. Both the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and civil society, including NGOs, are encouraged to promote these rights and help states protect and observe them.

Perhaps most importantly, the resolution decides to appoint a special rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association. The special rapporteur’s tasks are singled out in the resolution, in points 4. (a) to (h). States are further called upon to cooperate with and assist the special rapporteur, respond promptly to all his or her communications, provide him or her with all necessary information requested and consider favourably his or her requests for visits.



April 11, 2019

Why is the Venice Commission study on NGO funding so important?

The Venice Commission expresses that “States must create an enabling environment in which associations can effectively operate and access funding, including foreign funding.” This comes in its review of standards applying to funding of NGOs within Council of Europe member states, published in March 2019.

April 10, 2019

Ukraine: Base juvenile justice reforms on international standards

Ukraine is in the process of reforming its system for juvenile justice. Advocating for these reforms to be based on international human rights standards, Mart, member of Educational Human Rights House Chernihiv, and Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights (HFHR, Poland) have undertaken a joint project with the Ukrainian Ministry of Justice.

April 10, 2019

Беларускі Дом правоў чалавека імя Барыса Звозскава шукае каардынатара па нарошчванні патэнцыялу

Адным з важных стратэгічных напрамкаў БДПЧ з’яўляецца садзейнічанне ўзмацненню дзейнасці і нарошчванню патэнцыялу беларускіх праваабаронцаў і арганізацый грамадзянскай супольнасці Беларусі. Для развіцця дадзенага кірунку, а таксама нарошчвання крэатыву і пазітыву, БДПЧ шукае каардынатара па нарошчванні патэнцыялу, у чые кампетэнцыі будзе ўваходзіць наступнае: Распрацоўка канцэпцыі, праграмы, пошук экспертаў і арганізацыя трэнінгаў/семінараў па нарошчванню кампетэнцый; Сумесная праца […]