UN Human Rights Council: ICJ highlights concerns about the grave human rights situation in Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan

UN Human Rights Council: ICJ highlights concerns about the grave human rights situation in Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan

The UN Human Rights Council (HRC) convened today in Geneva for the start of its 54th session. The ICJ delivered statements on three situations in which gross and systematic violations of human rights are committed: Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan. These situations require sustained attention by the international community, including within the HRC, and more robust measures to ensure accountability for these violations, some of which are likely to constitute crimes under international law.

A Standing Independent Investigative Mechanism (SIIM) should be created to further accountability for gross human rights violations and crimes

A Standing Independent Investigative Mechanism (SIIM) should be created to further accountability for gross human rights violations and crimes

In a report released at the UN Human Rights Council today, the ICJ outlined the options for the establishment of a Standing Independent Investigative Mechanism (SIIM), which would support and complement the existing human rights and international justice architecture, including the work of the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Venezuela: UN Human Rights Council Should Renew Experts’ Mandate

Venezuela: UN Human Rights Council Should Renew Experts’ Mandate

The United Nations Human Rights Council should renew the mandate of its Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Venezuela, 125 national and international organizations, including the International Commission of Jurists, working on Venezuela said today. The Mission, established in 2019 to investigate systematic human rights violations in Venezuela, has played a key role in pushing for accountability for serious crimes in the country and ensuring international scrutiny over the ongoing crisis, the groups said in a joint question-and-answer document.

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