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E-CONNECT No.28

We have issued E-CONNECT No.28 on 27 March, 2019.

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Civil society calls on United Nations to continue monitoring Sri Lanka

At the 40th session of the UN Human Rights Council, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) presented its report on the Government of Sri Lanka’s implementation of resolution on “Promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka” (A/HRC/30/1).  Prior to the presentation, IMADR and eight other organisations sent a letter to the international community to call for strengthening measures for the full implementation of resolution 30/1 including a time-bound plan. Joint side event was held at the 40th session to highlight steps needed in the transitional justice process in Sri Lanka. More >>

Assessing Japan’s progress in promoting and protecting freedom of expression

Two years after the presentation of his country visit report to Japan, the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, David Kaye, will present his follow-up report on Japan at the 41st session of the Human Rights Council which studies the Government of Japan’s implementation of his recommendations. In response to the call for information, IMADR and All Okinawa Council for Human Rights (AOCHR) submitted a joint NGO report which focused on: the adoption of a broad anti-discrimination law; the enjoyment of the right to freedom of assembly; and the case of Mr. Hiroji Yamashiro. More >>

NGOs call for an inclusive review process on treaty body strengthening

As a member organisation of TB-Net – NGO Network on UN Treaty Bodies, IMADR joined the call to UN Member States for an inclusive review process on treaty body strengthening. National, regional and international NGOs play a critical role in the work of the treaty bodies through monitoring the implementation of the treaties at the national level, providing information to the treaty bodies, and encouraging States to give effect to the treaty bodies’recommendations. Together with rights holders, NGOs are well placed to bring in-depth knowledge, expertise and proposals on strengthening the system. More >>

IMADR in the world

Empowerment of Dalit women in achieving SDGs                                            At the 40th session of the UN Human Rights Council, a Dalit human rights defender called on the international community to ensure the inclusion and participation of Dalit women in efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). More >>

IMADR and its concerns

UN must counter hatred and promote inclusion                                                       At the panel discussion to commemorate the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (21 March), IMADR raised an alert over the discriminatory statements against migrants delivered by the Hungarian Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade at the UN Human Rights Council. More >>

IMADR at the UN

CERD to hold 98th session                            Between April and May, the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) will consider the situation of racial discrimination in Andorra, Guatemala, Hungary, Lithuania, and Zambia. More >>

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Summary Report – TB-Net Event on Treaty Body Elections More >>

E-CONNECT No.27

We have issued E-CONNECT No.27 on 9 October, 2018.

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Deep-rooted racial discrimination in Sri Lankan criminal justice system

At the 39th session of the UN Human Rights Council, the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention presented its country visit report on Sri Lanka. IMADR submitted a written statement with a focus on racial discrimination in the Sri Lankan criminal justice system including the application of the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA). More >>

India must ensure freedom from caste discrimination in access to water and sanitation

The Special Rapporteur on the human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation presented his country visit report on India at the 39th session of the UN Human Rights Council. IMADR delivered a joint statement to highlight the issue of the lack of access to safe sanitation facilities for Dalit women and the culture of impunity for caste-based violence against them, as well as the continuing practice of manual scavenging. More >>

UN expert body addressed racial discrimination in Japan

In August, the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) considered the Japanese government’s implementation of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD). The Japan NGO Network for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (ERD Net) submitted a joint civil society report to the Committee. More >>

IMADR in the world

UN must protect human rights defenders in fight against racial discrimination        After recently engaging with the UN to combat racial discrimination, human rights defenders from Sweden, Hong Kong and Japan faced online hate speech. IMADR urged the Human Rights Council to protect the defenders in order to realise the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action (DDPA). More >>

IMADR and its concerns

Human rights violations against minority Rohingya in Myanmar                               At the 39th session of the UN Human Rights Council, the Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar presented its findings. IMADR called for the establishment of an international, impartial and independent mechanism on international crimes including crimes. More >>

IMADR at the UN

CERD to hold 97th session                            Between November and December, the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) will consider the situation of racial discrimination in Albania, Honduras, Iraq, Norway, Qatar and the Republic of Korea. More >>

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Template for Civil Society Actors: Follow-up Information on the CERD recommendations More >>

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