United Nations

HRHF priorities at Human Rights Council 42

Gain insight into HRHF’s priorities alongside partners for the 42nd session of the United Nations Human Rights Council #HRC42. The Council session will run from 9-27 September 2019.

HRHF’s International Advocacy Officer, Matthew Jones, provides an overview of HRHF’s priorities alongside partners for the upcoming 42nd session of the United Nations Human Rights Council.

At the Council session, HRHF will raise and address issues faced by Human Rights Houses and their members as well as wider civil society. This is within HRHF’s focus to promote and advance the freedoms of expression, association, assembly, and the right to be a human rights defender.

Specifically, our priorities for the session are:

  • Ukraine – HRHF will host a delegation in Geneva to focus on freedom of expression and the situation of political prisoners. We will deliver an oral statement on Ukraine during the interactive dialogue with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.
  • Hungary and Poland – HRHF will host a delegation and with them co-sponsor a side event on the independence of the judiciary, specifically addressing attacks on judges.
  • Reprisals – HRHF has taken part in a process that is set to lead to a new UN resolution on reprisals during the session. We seek to raise attacks against defenders, lawyers and journalists for engaging with international human rights mechanisms, as well as the type of policies and legislation that governments enact to try to stop and thwart defenders from engaging, such as restrictions on foreign funding and travel bans. We will raise several country situations during the interactive dialogue on reprisals.
  • National human rights follow-up systems  In a new resolution, HRHF will seek language encouraging governments to seek meaningful and systematic dialogues with their civil society on their human rights obligations.
  • Human rights in counter-terrorism – In a resolution set to be adopted by the Council, we will seek language that addresses the human rights effects of anti-extremism and anti-terrorism legislation.
  • Georgia  We will deliver an oral statement on Georgia during the interactive dialogue with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.
  • Candidate countries for membership of the Human Rights Council – Among Eastern European Group members, Moldova, Poland, and Armenia are all running for two seats on the Council from next year. HRHF sees this as an opportunity to push the governments of these States to make commitments around their domestic human rights policies and make assurances that they will actively engage with their civil societies in relation to their membership.

HRHF will be tweeting from the session.

You can also contact us at advocacy@humanrightshouse.org


July 10, 2020

Патрабуем неадкладнага вызвалення Паўла Севярынца

Мы, прадстаўнікі беларускіх праваабарончых арганізацый, выказваем свой пратэст з нагоды палітычнага пераследу і арышту палітвязня Паўла Севярынца.

July 8, 2020

Senior Grants Officer (based in Europe)

Human Rights House Foundation (HRHF) seeks an experienced Senior Grants Officer responsible for its overall grants. This is a key position within HRHF’s Administration & Finance team, responsible for the delivery of HRHF’s grants programmes in line with organisational priorities and in compliance with donor requirements. The successful candidate is expected to work remotely, and due to travel and budget constraints, the candidate will be based in and able to work legally in a country in the broader European region.

July 8, 2020

Патрабуем неадкладнага вызвалення затрыманых сябраў ініцыятыўнай групы Віктара Бабарыкі

Беларуская праваабарончая супольнасць прызнала з’яўленне новых палітвязняў; гэта сябры ініцыятыўнай групы Віктара Бабарыкі Алена Карагачава і Дзмітрый Карака.