UN: Overview of the 46th Human Rights Council session

Today, at the close of the 46th regular session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, the ICJ and other NGOs highlighted key achievements and failures.

The joint civil society statement, delivered by International Service for Human Rights (ISHR) on behalf of the group, outlines the main achievements and shortfalls of this last 46th regular session.

In the statement, the undersigned organisation comment on the engagement of civil society in online sessions, welcome the adoption of the resolution on vaccines and of resolutions to sustain scrutiny and accountability including in Belarus, Iran, Myanmar, Nicaragua, Sri Lanka, South Sudan and Syria. The NGOs have underlined the fact thatover 30 States have united in a long-overdue condemnation of Egypt’s misuse of counter-terrorism measures to imprison peaceful critics, and over 40 States raised concern over the shrinking civic space in Russia.

The civil society organisations have urged the Council to take prompt action on Algeria, Cameroon, China, India, and in Kashmir, and for the upcoming session, to set up an international accountability mechanism on the Philippines, and independent monitoring on pushbacks and other violations faced by migrants and refugees.

The statement is endorsed by:

  • International Service for Human Rights;
  • Franciscans International;
  • Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR);
  • International Commission of Jurists (ICJ);
  • International Movement Against All Forms of Discrimination and Racism (IMADR);
  • Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA);
  • African Centre For Democracy And Human Rights Studies;
  • International Federation for Human Rights Leagues (FIDH);
  • MENA Rights Group;
  • International Lesbian and Gay Association;
  • Impact Iran;
  • Ensemble contre la Peine de Mort (ECPM);
  • Siamak Pourzand Foundation;
  • Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS);
  • ARTICLE 19;
  • CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation.

Read the full statement: UN-JointStatement-UNHRC46-Advocacy-EndOfSession-ENG-2021


Massimo Frigo, ICJ UN Representative, e: massimo.frigo(a)icj.org, t: +41797499949

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