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The 29th Session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva

The 29th session of the Human Rights Council (HRC29) will be held June 15-July 3, 2015 in Geneva. The summer Human Rights Council annually holds the Annual Full Day Discussion on Women's Rights. During HRC29 there will also be a noteworthy panel discussion on Realizing the Equal Enjoyment of the Right to Education by Every Girl. Stacy Lara, FAWCO's UN NGO Rep at the HRC in Geneva, will keep us informed via blog posts during HRC29 about these topics and others such as trafficking  and migrant issues. 

 

Combating Violence Against Indigenous Women

There is a distinct interface between the historical, political, economic, social and cultural contexts of indigenous peoples and the types of violence they face. Once cannot separate from the wider contexts of discrimination and exclusion to which indigenous peoples as a whole are often exposed in social, economic, cultural and political life.  BELOW IS THE JOINT ORAL STATEMENT DELIVERED AT HRC29 BY JANA WALKER OF THE INDIAN LAW RESOURCE CENTER ON BEHALF OF THE INDIAN LAW RESOURCE CENTER, THE NATIONAL CONGRESS OF AMERICAN INDIANS AND THE NATIVE AMERICAN RIGHTS FUND.

 

"The Indian Law Resource Center, National Congress of…

Trafficking in Persons in Times of Crisis

As part of HRC29 I attended a side event on human trafficking. I have covered this topic several time before yet the title of this side event was different and I thought interesting to attend. The focus was on human trafficking in times of crisis. The side event was held in room IX for a standing-room only audience.  

It goes without saying that human trafficking is a heinous, multi-dimensional crime and severe violation of human rights. Most people think of human trafficking in terms of the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring or receipt of persons by means of threat or…

The Human Rights Council Recognizes Eliminating and Preventing Domestic Violence against Women and Girls

The Human Rights Council Recognizes Eliminating and Preventing Domestic Violence against Women and Girls

Friday, June 19 at the 29th Session of the Human Rights Council (HRC29) marked the annual full-day discussion on the human rights of women. The morning panel addressed “Eliminating and preventing domestic violence against women and girls”. In opening remarks, Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ms. Flavia Pansieri, mentioned the significance of domestic violence being addressed by the HRC. She noted the years of struggles by the women’s rights movement to overcome a fierce resistance to treating domestic violence as a human rights issue.

The Deputy High Commissioner said, “the international community has come a long way in the…

Annual Full-Day Discussion on Women's Rights - Power and Decision-Making Panel

On Friday, June 19, the 29th Session of the Human Rights Council (HRC29) held the Annual Full-Day Discussion on Women's Human Rights. Annually, this exciting day of exchange brings many distinguished experts together to share ideas on women’s human rights. This year the day concluded with an active panel discussion on women’s participation in power and decision-making.

Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, Flavia Pansieri, delivered the opening statement. The moderator of the panel discussion was Emna Aouij, Chair of the Working Group on the issue of discrimination against women in law and in practice.  Panelists were: Arancha González, Executive Director…

Special Rapporteur Calls For Legally Binding United Nations Framework on Violence Against Women and Girls

Special Rapporteur Calls For Legally Binding United Nations Framework on Violence Against Women and Girls

To ensure State accountability, outgoing United Nations Special Rapporteur on violence against women, Rashida Manjoo, today called for the creation of a legally binding framework on violence against women and girls within the United Nations human rights system.

She also mentioned that in order for the regional systems to reinforce universal human rights standards, as contained in international human rights instruments, a legally binding framework on violence against women and girls is essential. “The thematic work I have undertaken on the regional systems has reinforced the concern I had expressed previously in relation to the lack of a legally binding…

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