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Newsletter E-CONNECT No. 20 is out

Date : 2016.10.04

On 4 October, we have issued our new issue of E-CONNECT. If you have not subscribed to our newsletter, you ca do it from here! Back number is also available.

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UN urge USA to end impunity for State violence against African Americans

USA_Oalkand 2010_(c) Thomas HawkUN Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent presented its country visit report to the USA at the 33rd session of the Human Rights Council. The Working Group stated in the report that it “remains extremely concerned about the human rights situation of African Americans”, urging the Government to take measures against racial bias and disparities in the criminal justice system and structural racial discrimination. On 26 September, IMADR delivered the joint statement with the US Human Rights Network. More >>

“More needs to be done”, message to Sri Lanka to heal wounds from enforced disappearances

Sri Lanka_Enforced disappearances_(c) GroundviewsOn 20 September, IMADR held a side event on “Enforced Disappearances in Sri Lanka”. The event invited two family members of the disappeared and the journalist from Sri Lanka, as well as the members of the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances. While acknowledging the recent positive steps taken by the Government, the event stressed the need for the Government to do more to establish and implement credible processes to address the issue of enforced disappearances. More >>

Targeted attack on freedom of expression in Okinawa, Japan

Okinawa_Along the borderline_(c) RyuFilmsIn follow-up to the visit of the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to freedom of opinion and expression, IMADR and All Okinawa Council for Human Rights produced the joint report “Targeted attack on freedom of expression in Okinawa”. The report identified disproportionate restrictions on the freedom of expression in Okinawa such as surveillance and excessive use of force against protesters, violation of the press freedom as well as persistent oppressive comments by government officials against the Okinawan media. More >>

IMADR in the world

Sri Lanka_Tea plantation_(c) ILO-Alan DowSri Lanka met UN anti-racism body after 15 years                                                                    In August, Sri Lanka was reviewed by the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD), for the first time after the end of the armed conflict. The Committee urged the Government to address root causes of the decades-long conflict. More >>

IMADR and its concerns

Work harder for gender equality, say MEPs_(c) European ParliamentGender integration in human rights bodies IMADR joined the call for action to promote gender parity within the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and other treaty bodies including the CERD, international and regional organisations. More >>

 IMADR at the UN

CERD91CERD holds the 91st session                             In November, the CERD will examine the periodic reports of Argentina, Italy, Portugal, Togo, Turkmenistan and Uruguay. The Committee will hold a consultation with civil society on 23 November. Contact us for further information. More >>

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

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Newsletter E-CONNECT No. 19 is out

Date : 2016.07.06

On 6th June, we have issued our new issue of E-CONNECT. If you have not subscribed to our newsletter, you ca do it from here! Back number is also available.

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Post-Earthquake recovery and rehabilitation support for the most vulnerable people in Nepal

Nepal_FEDO_Earthquake Relif_E-CONNECT19From immediately after the Earthquakes, IMADR supported Feminist Dalit Organization (FEDO) in Nepal to conduct relief and rehabilitation activities for vulnerable communities including Dalits, widows and single women, people living with disabilities and children. FEDO has reached out to thousands of victims in 8 districts to provide material support and empowerment activities. More >>

“Confidence has to be built for accountability and good governance in Sri Lanka”, civil society alerts UN Human Rights Council

Sri Lanka_Say No to Corruption_(c) Transparency International Sri LankaOn 24 June, IMADR held a side event at the Human Rights Council to bring the views from the ground level to the international community about the positive steps taken so far and remaining challenges in Sri Lanka including the Constitutional reform, fight against corruption, addressing enforced disappearances and protection of human rights without discrimination. More >>

Impunity must end to protect and promote human rights in Bangladesh

Bangladesh_Rohingya refugees in the Nayapara camp_(c) AustcareIMADR called for the international attention to the deteriorating human rights situation in Bangladesh. Freedom of expression is particularly under threat due to the violence against journalists, bloggers and media professionals. The government must end the impunity for the attacks against human rights defenders and religious minorities as well as enforced disappearances and extrajudicial killings. More >>

IMADR in the world

Argentina_Indigenous Peoples_(c)ANSESUN urges Argentina to protect indigenous peoples                                                               UN Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, Mr. Mutuma Ruteere, urged Argentina to protect the rights of indigenous peoples who have been historically marginalized. The Rapporteur visited the country in May. More >>

 IMADR and its concerns

UN Special Rapporteur on the right to freedom of opinion and expression - David KayeRestrictive measures on freedom of expression in Okinawa, Japan                                           UN Special Rapporteur on the right to freedom of opinion and expression, Mr. David Kaye, shared his concern on the situation in Okinawa in conclusion of his visit to Japan. IMADR produced the information on Okinawa with the partners. More >>

IMADR at the UN

CERD90CERD holds the 90th session In August, the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) will examine the periodic reports of Greece, Lebanon, Pakistan, Paraguay, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Ukraine and the United Kingdom. More >>

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

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Newsletter E-CONNECT No. 18 is out

Date : 2016.04.02

On 2nd April, we have issued our new issue of E-CONNECT. If you have not subscribed to our newsletter, you ca do it from here! Back number is also available.

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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 >>

  the UN CERD holds the 89th session

CERD89 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 >>

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Newsletter E-CONNECT No. 17 is out

Date : 2015.10.15

On 15th October, we have issued our new issue of E-CONNECT. If you have not subscribed to our newsletter, you ca do it from here! Back number is also available.

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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 UN 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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Newsletter E-CONNECT No. 16 is out

Date : 2015.05.20

On 19th May, we have issued our new issue of E-CONNECT. If you have not subscribed to our newsletter, you ca do it from here! Back number is also available.

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Freedom of Religion in Sri Lanka”, UN Human Rights Council event addressed unresolved questions in the island  

Lighthouse at the fort, Galle.Together with Franciscans International, IMADR hosted a parallel event titled “Freedom of Religion in Sri Lanka” at the 28th session of the UN Human Rights Council. The speakers for the event included Mr. Heiner Bielefeldt, the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, Mr. Ruki Fernando, a Sri Lankan human rights defender, and Mr. Mohamed Nizam Kariapper, a mayor from East Sri Lanka and the Deputy Secretary General of the Sri Lankan Muslim Congress (SLMC) . More >>

International Community condemned atrocities committed by Boko Haram

NYC Protest_Boko Haram_Michael FleshmanUN Human Rights Council held a special session to address atrocities committed by Boko Haram. IMADR delivered an oral statement, prepared with the Women’s Consortium of Nigeria (WOCON). More >>

Civil society perspective on the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the ICERD

CERD85_USA_(c) U.S. Mission Geneva_Eric BridiersIMADR joined a panel of experts at the side event on “Celebration the 50th Anniversary of the Adoption of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD)” (2 March, Room XXIV, Palains des Nation) hosted by the Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of Belgium and the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Slovenia. More >>

 IMADR in the world

France: Anti-racism organisations addressed racial discrimination in past and present

MRAP-IMADR Symposium_18April2015IMADR joined the Joint Symposium on “Past and Present Discriminations” organised by MRAP (Mouvement contre le Racisme et pour l’Amite entre les Peuples). The Central Council of German Sinti and Roma, an IMADR partner, was also cordially invited to join the panel in the afternoon. More >>

IMADR and its concerns

Hate speech_JapanJapan: “Stop Racism! Stop Hate Speech!” On the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, a gathering on “Stop Racism! Stop Hate Speech!” was organised to raise awareness on the situations of minority and indigenous communities in Japan. More >>

IMADR at the UN

CERD86CERD concluded its 86th session            UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) adopted the concluding observations of France, Guatemala, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sudan, Germany and Denmark. More >>

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People’s for Human Rights Vol. 13: Contemporary Forms of Racial Discrimination. More >>