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E-CONNECT NO.22

We have issued E-CONNECT No.22 on 3 April, 2017

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“Minority women’s voices should be heard for transitional justice”, joint message to Sri Lanka

HRC34 _(c) Sunanda DeshapriyaAt the 34th session of the UN Human Rights Council, IMADR held a joint side event which invited three Sri Lankan women from different ethnic and religious communities, and Ms. Anastasia Crickley from the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) and Ms. Rita Izsák-Ndiaye, the UN Special Rapporteur on minority issues. From the perspectives of minority women’s human rights, the event identified key challenges and essential steps to ensure a fully inclusive transitional justice process in Sri Lanka. More >>

Joint report on Japan: “Silencing the voices of Okinawans”

In Line_RyuFilmsFollowing the official country visit to Japan in April 2016 by the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to freedom of opinion and expression, Mr. David Kaye, IMADR and the All Okinawa Council for Human Rights published a joint report on the situation of the freedom of expression in Ryukyu/Okinawa. The report revealed the systematic discrimination and oppression against the people of Ryukyu/Okinawa in their enjoyment of human rights, in particular the rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly. More >>

“Truth must be revealed and acknowledged by the State”, a key demand for transitional justice in Sri Lanka

25th death anniversary of Richard de Zoysa_(c) GroundviewsIn January 2016, the Consultation Task Force on Reconciliation Mechanisms (CTF) was set up by the Sri Lankan government which was mandated to facilitate nation-wide consultations to propose transitional justice mechanisms. While this initiative was a positive step, the President and the Prime Minister failed to meet the CTF on 5th January 2017 when the final report was handed in. IMADR organised a joint side event to present the CTF report to the international community during the 34th session of the UN Human Rights Council. More >>

IMADR in the world

(c) Squat Le MondeHuman Rights Council discussed issues of racial profiling and hate speech                 In commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (21 March), the international community convened the debate on racial profiling and incitement to hatred, including in the context of migration. At the discussion, IMADR raised concerns on the lack of measures on hate speech against non-citizens in the political discourse. More >>

IMADR and its concerns

Hiroji Yamashiro_(c) IWJInternational NGOs condemned arbitrary measures against human rights defender of Ryukyu/ Okinawa                                   At the 34th session of the UN Human Rights Council, a group of NGOs condemned the Japanese government for arbitrary arrests and prolonged detention of Mr. Hiroji Yamashiro, a prominent human rights defender of Ryukyu/ Okinawa. More >>

IMADR at the UN

CERD92CERD holds 92nd session                           In April, the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) will examine the periodic reports of Armenia, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Finland, Kenya and Republic of Moldova. More >>

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E-CONNECT NO.21

We have issued E-CONNECT No.21 on 15 December, 2016

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Global civil society joins hands with UN to end racial discrimination

CERD consultation with civil society_23Nov2016On 23rd November, civil society from all over the world, including indigenous and minority groups, met with the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD). Civil society representatives shared their challenges in own country and region, and put ideas in order to improve the work of the CERD to achieve the goal of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination. IMADR Under-Secretary General participated in the panel. More >>

Sri Lankan civil society demands no delay in accountability

Sri Lanka_Stop Abductions_(c) GroundviewsOn 3rd November, civil society activists and organisations in Sri Lanka sent a joint letter in expressing deeps concerns on the Government of Sri Lanka’s plans to indefinitely delay the establishment of the proposed accountability mechanism, despite the promises that the Government made to the international community by co-sponsoring the Human Rights Council resolution (A/HRC/30/L.29) in September 2015. Recently the UN Committee Against Torture concluded that more efforts should be done by the Government. More >>

NGO joint call on CERD to strengthen follow-up of recommendations

CERD85_(C) U.S. Mission-Geneva Eric BridiersTogether with Minority Rights Group International (MRG) and Race and Equality, IMADR submitted a joint response for the consultation of the CERD with civil society held on 23rd November. The joint paper examined different follow-up mechanisms of the existing treaty bodies on specific recommendations in order to identify areas where the CERD can further strengthen its cooperation with civil society to fight racial discrimination. More >>

IMADR in the world

Fist_(c) Christa LohmanEND OF YEAR APPEAL: Help us fight racism!                                                             Look how your support made it possible for us to take many action for the eradication of racial discrimination in 2016. We will continue and strengthen our fight against racism through human rights advocacy at the grass-roots and UN levels in 2017. More >>

IMADR and its concerns

Special Rapporteur on minority issues-Rita Izsak_UN Photo-Jean Marc FerréUN expert urges Sri Lanka to establish an Independent Commission on Minorities   UN Special Rapporteur on minority issues concluded her mission to Sri Lanka on 20th October. In her end of the mission statement, she recommended the Government to establish an Independent Commission on Minorities under the Constitution. More >>

IMADR at the UN

CERD91CERD concluded 91st session                       On 9th December, the CERD concluded its 91st session. At the session, the Committee adopted concluding observations of Argentina, Italy, Portugal, Togo, Turkmenistan and Uruguay. More >>

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