The Human Rights Council's twenty-sixth regular session at the Palais des Nations in Geneva (10-27 June 2014)
HRC 26, held June 10-27, 2014 at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, shed light on many global issues. Highlights of the three-week session included interactive discussions on:
· Eliminating child, early and forced marriages.
· Combating female genital mutilation.
· Efforts to advance the rights of persons with disabilities.
· The issue of journalists’ safety.
During the HRC 26 session there was also the annual full-day discussion on women’s rights that focused on gender stereotyping and women’s rights in achieving sustainable development.
Ms. Navi Pillay, High Commissioner for Human Rights, gave an update from the High Commissioner’s office making this her last as her term ended in August 2014.
Following you can read Stacy Lara's blogs about the 26th session.
If child early and forced marriage (CEFM) trends continue 142 million girls will be forced to marry before their 18 birthday by the year 2020 – that calculates to about 39 thousand child marriages per day. This is a staggering number considering that experts agree that the goal to eliminate early, forced child marriage in one generation is achievable. “Tackling root causes is key to ending CEFM,” said Ms. Pooja Badarinath, Program Coordinator, and Advocacy Research (CREA). Advocates and practitioners agree that partnerships formed in local communities to the highest levels of government and civil society can end child marriage…
I did not atrend this HRC26 side event but find the topic interesting and timely, especially since the upcoming General Assembly in 2016 is preparing to discuss the topic. The Governments of Columbia, Mexico, Guatemala and Switzerland, along with the Global Commission on Drug Policy, organized the side event on the impact of the international drug control regime on human rights.
Today, the HRC26 adopted outcomes of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of New Zealand, Afghanistan, Chile, Uruguay and Yemen. You may ask yourself what is a UPR and why is the adoption of the review important? Please let me provide a very short explanation of this important process.
This is the final week for HRC26. I will be posting about preventing and eliminating early, forced child marriage and also provide a few wrap up blogs to let you know resolution outcomes and appointments.
Thanks for reading and please check back for HRC26 wrap up blogs. Until the bext blog -- Stacy Dry Lara
On June 17 UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, warmly welcomed the UN General Assembly’s appointment of Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al-Hussein to succeed her when her mandate ends. Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al-Hussein will be the sixth High Commissioner since the Office was created in 1993.