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E-CONNECT No.20

We have issued E-CONNECT No.20 on 4 October, 2016

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UN urge USA to end impunity for State violence against African Americans

USA_Oalkand 2010_(c) Thomas HawkUN Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent presented its country visit report to the USA at the 33rd session of the Human Rights Council. The Working Group stated in the report that it “remains extremely concerned about the human rights situation of African Americans”, urging the Government to take measures against racial bias and disparities in the criminal justice system and structural racial discrimination. On 26 September, IMADR delivered the joint statement with the US Human Rights Network. More >>

“More needs to be done”, message to Sri Lanka to heal wounds from enforced disappearances

Sri Lanka_Enforced disappearances_(c) GroundviewsOn 20 September, IMADR held a side event on “Enforced Disappearances in Sri Lanka”. The event invited two family members of the disappeared and the journalist from Sri Lanka, as well as the members of the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances. While acknowledging the recent positive steps taken by the Government, the event stressed the need for the Government to do more to establish and implement credible processes to address the issue of enforced disappearances. More >>

Targeted attack on freedom of expression in Okinawa, Japan

Okinawa_Along the borderline_(c) RyuFilmsIn follow-up to the visit of the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to freedom of opinion and expression, IMADR and All Okinawa Council for Human Rights produced the joint report “Targeted attack on freedom of expression in Okinawa”. The report identified disproportionate restrictions on the freedom of expression in Okinawa such as surveillance and excessive use of force against protesters, violation of the press freedom as well as persistent oppressive comments by government officials against the Okinawan media. More >>

IMADR in the world

Sri Lanka_Tea plantation_(c) ILO-Alan DowSri Lanka met UN anti-racism body after 15 years                                                               In August, Sri Lanka was reviewed by the the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD), for the first time after the end of the armed conflict. The Committee urged the Government to address root causes of the decades-long conflict. More >>

IMADR and its concerns

Work harder for gender equality, say MEPs_(c) European ParliamentGender integration in human rights bodies IMADR joined the call for action to promote gender parity within the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and other treaty bodies including the CERD, international and regional organisations. More >>

IMADR at the UN

CERD91CERD holds the 91st session                             In November, the CERD will examine the periodic reports of Argentina, Italy, Portugal, Togo, Turkmenistan and Uruguay. The Committee will hold a consultation with civil society on 23 November. Contact us for further information.. More >>

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E-CONNECT No.19

We have issued E-CONNECT No.19 on 6th July, 2016

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Post-Earthquake recovery and rehabilitation support for the most vulnerable people in Nepal

Nepal_FEDO_Earthquake Relif_E-CONNECT19From immediately after the Earthquakes, IMADR supported Feminist Dalit Organization (FEDO) in Nepal to conduct relief and rehabilitation activities for vulnerable communities including Dalits, widows and single women, people living with disabilities and children. FEDO has reached out to thousands of victims in 8 districts to provide material support and empowerment activities. More >>

“Confidence has to be built for accountability and good governance in Sri Lanka”, civil society alerts UN Human Rights Council

Sri Lanka_Say No to Corruption_(c) Transparency International Sri LankaOn 24 June, IMADR held a side event at the Human Rights Council to bring the views from the ground level to the international community about the positive steps taken so far and remaining challenges in Sri Lanka including the Constitutional reform, fight against corruption, addressing enforced disappearances and protection of human rights without discrimination. More >>

Impunity must end to protect and promote human rights in Bangladesh

Bangladesh_Rohingya refugees in the Nayapara camp_(c) AustcareIMADR called for the international attention to the deteriorating human rights situation in Bangladesh. Freedom of expression is particularly under threat due to the violence against journalists, bloggers and media professionals. The government must end the impunity for the attacks against human rights defenders and religious minorities as well as enforced disappearances and extrajudicial killings. More >>

IMADR in the world

Argentina_Indigenous Peoples_(c)ANSESUN urges Argentina to protect indigenous peoples                                                               UN Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, Mr. Mutuma Ruteere, urged Argentina to protect the rights of indigenous peoples who have been historically marginalized. The Rapporteur visited the country in May. More >>

IMADR and its concerns

UN Special Rapporteur on the right to freedom of opinion and expression - David KayeRestrictive measures on freedom of expression in Okinawa, Japan                                           UN Special Rapporteur on the right to freedom of opinion and expression, Mr. David Kaye, shared his concern on the situation in Okinawa in conclusion of his visit to Japan. IMADR produced the information on Okinawa with the partners. More >>

IMADR at the UN

CERD90CERD holds the 90th session                             In August, the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) will examine the periodic reports of Greece, Lebanon, Pakistan, Paraguay, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Ukraine and the United Kingdom. More >>

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