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E-CONNECT No.24

We have issued E-CONNECT No.24 on 17 October, 2017.

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Governments must collect data to counter intersecting forms of discrimination against women and girls

In September, the UN Human Rights Council held the panel discussion on the impact of racial discrimination on human rights of women and girls. During the debate, IMADR drew the Council’s attention to the lack of data on indigenous and minority women including Dalit and Buraku women. IMADR called on all governments to collect disaggregated data and take measures to counter multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination against women and girls. More >>

UPR must ask Japan to combat racial discrimination

On the 12th of October, IMADR presented the situation of racial discrimination in Japan at the 28th UPR pre-session. While recognising several positive steps taken by the Government of Japan, it called on the UN Human Rights Council to make recommendations specific to racial discrimination at the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Japan in November this year. More >>

“Pledges to UPR and Human Rights Council must be implemented”, civil society demands Sri Lanka

Towards the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Sri Lanka in November 2017, a joint side event was organised on the 27th of October at the UN Human Rights Council. The event provided the international community an opportunity to learn key messages from Sri Lankan human rights defenders for the upcoming UPR. The event highlighted the importance for the UN Human Rights Council to look the UPR process with a particular focus on ongoing transitional justice process in Sri Lanka. More >>

IMADR in the world

Sri Lanka fails to report to CERD              The Government of Sri Lanka has failed to present a follow-up report to the CERD regarding: national human rights institution; situation of internally displaced persons; and situation of minority women in war affected areas. In the absence of the government’s information, IMADR submitted an alternative report More >>

IMADR and its concerns

Governments must bring words into action to fight racial discrimination             At the 36th session of the UN Human Rights Council, IMADR pointed out governments’ lack of implementation of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD). It called for cooperation with civil society to fight racial discrimination. More >>

IMADR at the UN

CERD to hold 94th session                         In November, the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) will consider the situation of racial discrimination in Algeria, Australia, Belarus, Jordan, Serbia and Slovakia. The Committee will convene the thematic discussion on “Racial Discrimination Today” on 29th November. More >>

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E-CONNECT NO.23

We have issued E-CONNECT No.23 on 27 June, 2017.

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“Open space for protest must be created in Okinawa”, collective voice to Japan

In April 2016, the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression conducted his mission to Japan. On the occasion of the his country report’s presentation, a joint side event on “Freedom of Expression in Okinawa, Japan” was held at the UN Human Rights Council. The event welcomed three civil society representatives from Okinawa including Mr. Hiroji Yamashiro, and the UN Special Rapporteur. The event revealed challenges for freedom of expression in Okinawa, and identified the need for an open space for protest in the islands. More >>

Joint Communiqué – States renewed half of the members of the CERD

On June 22nd, States parties to the International Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (ICERD) voted to renew half of the membership of the Committee. They elected 5 new experts, including for the first time a Roma person, and re-elected 4 members who were already seating in the Committee, among 15 candidates from all regions. More >>

Human rights challenges in the world of growing populism

IMADR Directors, Theo van Boven and Michael O. Sharpe, shared their in-depth analysis on the current increase of populism in Europe and the USA and its impacts on human rights, democracy and rule of law. Read “Populism and Universal Human Rights” and “Gaming the US System: Trump’s Executive Orders on Immigration”

IMADR in the world

Universal Periodic Review must speak up against multiple discrimination against Dalit and Buraku women                           At the presentation of the first report on multiple forms of discrimination and violence in the context of racial discrimination against women and girls, IMADR urged the Human Rights Council to address the situation of Dalit and Buraku women and girls in the 3rd cycle of the Universal Periodic Review. More >>

IMADR and its concerns

Governments must stop negative portrayal of human rights defenders to combat racial discrimination                   IMADR encourages the UN Special Rapporteur on racism to address the issue of negative portrayal of civil society organisations in his upcoming report to the UN General Assembly on “challenges to combating racism and xenophobia in the context of countering terrorism”. More >>

IMADR at the UN

CERD to hold 93rd session                        In August, the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) will consider the situation of racial discrimination in Canada, Djibouti, Ecuador, Kuwait, New Zealand, Russia, Tajikistan and UAE. The Committee will also adopt the list of issues prior to reporting (LOIPR) for Bahrain. More >>

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