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E-CONNECT No.18

We have issued E-CONNECT No.18 on 2nd April, 2016.

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“Challenges of Transitional Justice in Sri Lanka”, UN Human Rights Council must stay engaged 

Sri Lanka_Justice_GroundviewsOn 17th of March, jointly with Franciscans International and Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), IMADR held a side event at the Human Rights Council to share civil society perspectives on the ongoing process to address past crimes and violations. The event called for continuing engagement of the international community. More >>

UN asks Japan to protect and promote the rights of indigenous and minority women

Ainu woman_awee_19On 16th of February, UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) expressed concern on the situation of indigenous and minority women in Japan who belong to Ainu, Buraku and Zainichi Korean communities. The Committee issued strong recommendations to advance their status and protect them from violence and harmful practices. More >>

Universal Periodic Review: Nepal must fulfill its promise to eradicate caste discrimination

Nepal earthquake 2015_Laxmi Prasad Ngakhusi-UNDP NepalOn 16th of March, the Human Rights Council adopted the report of Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Nepal. The government accepted nine recommendations related to caste under the category of “already implemented or in the process of implementation”. Pointing to the weak rule of law and the experience of discrimination in relief efforts after the Earthquake, IMADR and Dalit rights organisations demand Nepal to fully implement the recommendations through effective legal and policy measures while ensuring transparency and the inclusion of Dalits in the design of a national action plan to combat caste discrimination. More >>

IMADR in the world

Human Rights Council31_UN Photo-Jean Marc FerréHuman Rights Council discussed the incompatibility between democracy and racism                                       While governments reaffirmed their commitment to fight against racism and promote democracy, IMADR brought a concern on the lack of implementation of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD) and its article 4 to combat racist ideology. More >>

IMADR and its concerns

Special Rapporteur on minority issues-Rita Izsak_UN Photo-Jean Marc FerréMilestone UN report on caste discrimination UN Special Rapporteur on minority issues Rita Izsák presented her epoch report on “Minorities and discrimination based on caste and analogous systems of inherited status”. IMADR underlined the continuing Buraku discrimination in Japan. More >>

IMADR at the UN

CERD89CERD holds the 89th session                             In April, the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) will examine the periodic reports of of Azerbaijan, Georgia, Namibia, Oman, Rwanda and Spain. More >>

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ICERD and CERD: A Guide for Civil Society Actors More >>

E-CONNECT No.17

We have issued E-CONNECT No.17 on 15th October, 2015.

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“Militarization and Human Rights Violations in Okinawa, Japan”, the islands’ voice to UN Human Rights Council 

Okinawa-Henoko_Protest2015On 21st of September, together with other NGOs, IMADR held a side event on “Militarization and Human Rights Violations in Okinawa, Japan”. The event was highlighted by the special report of Mr. Onaga Takeshi, Governor of Okinawa, and the comment from Ms. Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples. More >>

Sri Lankan civil society demands the participation of international community in transitional justice processes in the island

Groundviews_Sri Lanka_HRC30_Civil Society ResponsesAt the 30th session of the Human Rights Council, OHCHR investigation report into human rights violations in Sri Lanka was released. IMADR co-organised a panel discussion consisted of local civil society representatives from different ethnic and religious communities to share their responses to the report, and discuss steps to be taken in order to reach truth, justice, accountability and reconciliation in the country. More >>

UN documents sexual and gender-based violence by Boko Haram

European Commission. Nigerian refugee from Damassak.2014OHCHR report on violations and abuses committed by Boko Haram revealed a series of human rights violations including killing and abduction of civilians, use of child soldiers, rape and other forms of sexual violence. The report concluded that those atrocities may amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity. At the presentation of the report in the Human Rights Council, IMADR highlighted the vulnerability and suffering of girls and women in affected countries, and demanded the protection of civilians and immediate measures specifically designed for girls and women. More >>

IMADR in the world

Rafael Edwards. Argentina.2010Argentina: Universal culture of peace and human security – peace as a human right   From 7th to 10th September, Bishop Gunnar Johan Stålset, a member of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, visited Argentina to discuss the concept of the right to peace. More >>

IMADR and its concerns

Nepal earthquake 2015_EU-ECHO-Pierre PrakashNepal: Dalit rights in new Constitution   On 20th September, a new Constitution of Nepal came into force. Despite long-standing requests from Dalit communities, the new Constitution fails to include provisions to increase the political participation of Dalit people. With Feminist Dalit Organisation of Nepal (FEDO), IMADR brought the concern to the Human Rights Council. More >>

IMADR at the UN

CERD88CERD holds the 88th session                     In November, the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) will examine the periodic reports of of Egypt, Holy See, Lithuania, Mongolia, Slovenia and Turkey. More >>

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ICERD and CERD: A Guide for Civil Society Actors More >>

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