There remains strong opposition to the decision to permit Sri Lanka to host the CHOGM by some groups in the Commonwealth countries and even by the Canadian government. Some of the main criticisms they have leveled against the Sri Lankan government have been due to its poor post-war performance in terms of strengthening key institutions. Sri Lanka today ranks close to the bottom of several international indices, including those for human rights, media freedom and state failure. >>>
The Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights and American University Washington College of Law, are organizing the first training on International Human Rights Protection Mechanisms, to be held in Florence, Italy from September 9 to 14, 2013. The deadline to submit applications is August 2, 2013. The training will gather practitioners from different protection mechanisms who will have the chance to share their experiences and lessons learned, both in using international mechanisms and working for their improvement. >>>
Norway, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 16 April 2013 - We are very pleased that such a broad range of participants have been able to join us in Oslo for this historic event, said the Conference Co-chairs, Mr. Jerry Matjila of South Africa and Ms. Bente Angell-Hansen of Norway after the conference. >>>
Following the success of three previous Southeast Asia Legal Advocacy Trainings, which were held in Bali, Indonesia; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; and Manila, Philippines; respectively, we are opening the registration for the 4rd training which will be held in Bangkok, Thailand on 16-18 May 2013. The Fourth Regional Training will be organized in cooperation with the Cross Cultural Foundation (CrCF), in Bangkok, 16-18 May 2013. >>>
Today, 62 grassroots, national, regional, and international civil society groups are calling upon ASEAN Member States to postpone the adoption of the ASEAN Human Rights Declaration, which is not worthy of its name.
Nongovernmental organizations on Thursday rejected the draft of the ASEAN Human Rights Declaration they were shown for consultation and which is set for ratification by the regional bloc’s 10 member-states at their summit in Cambodia this November.
In the recent past, sex workers have borne the wrath of police and city council officials who harass them and interfere with their work. Ironically, only women are arrested whenever they are found plying the age-old trade while their male clients go scot free.
The Obama Administration will soon release a public snapshot of its findings from a six month review of the implementation of the December 2011 Presidential Memorandum on International Initiatives to Advance the Rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) persons. Human Rights First welcomes the administration’s comprehensive political and diplomatic leadership on these fundamental human rights issues. >>>
Under the direction of the Executive Officer, the Deputy Director is responsible for advising and guiding work related to the MSMGF’s strategic direction and core objectives, with a particular emphasis on high-level global health, HIV, and human rights policy >>>
Milk, the openly gay nephew of slain San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk and founder of the Harvey B. Milk Foundation, was joined by Renato Sabbadini, secretary general of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association; Emma Reed, head of the LGBT Equality, U.K. Government Equalities Office; and David Wardrop, chairman of the Westminster Branch of the United Nations Association. >>>
Everybody is invited to attend the upcoming event organized by the United Nations Association - Westminster branch UK: "Human Rights for sexual minorities: is the UN the right forum to campaign? "
Tuesday 24 January at 6.30 pm - Room 3 House of Lords >>>
The United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights today issued a first-ever report documenting human rights violations against lesbian, gay, bisexual,
transgender and intersex (LGBTI) individuals around the world. The report makes special mention of vulnerable LGBTI refugees and asylum seekers. >>>
Geneva (Associated Press) - The U.N.'s top human rights official urged countries Thursday to abolish legal discrimination against gays, including the death penalty for consensual sex, days after the U.S. government said it would use foreign aid and diplomacy to promote gay equal rights. >>>
The Human Rights Council resolution 17/19 initiated by the South African Government, had requested the High Commissioner for Human Rights to prepare a study on human rights, sexual orientation and gender identity. >>>
The U.N. special rapporteur for human rights in Iran defended his new critical report on the country Thursday after it was attacked by Iranian officials, who continue to insist he will not be allowed to visit the country.