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The Special Procedures: Strengthening the mechanism and working methods

Type of Resource: Report

Author: ISHR and Others

Publication Date: 2016

This submission to the 23rd Annual Meeting of Special Procedures outlines practical changes that would further enhance the Special Procedures’ efforts to ensure an effective and accessible platform for the promotion and protection of human rights globally.

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HRC@10 Monitor

Type of Resource: Report

Author: ISHR

Publication Date: 2016

The Human Rights Council Monitor is an ISHR publication reporting on all the key developments at the Council and its mechanisms. 2016 marks the end of the first decade of the Council’s work, and an opportunity to take stock of progress, spell out an overarching vision for the future and initiate necessary course corrections. This anniversary edition of ISHR’s Human Rights Monitor, features an impressive line-up of human rights defenders, national and international policy makers, political leaders, and human rights experts from all regions.

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Strengthening Cooperation with the Special Procedures

Type of Resource: Report, Case study

Author: ISHR

Publication Date: 2015

This submission by the International Service for Human Rights updates ISHR’s submission to the 21st annual general meeting in September 2014. It incorporates a range of recommendations contained in a joint submission made by a group of NGOs to the 20th annual meeting of Special Procedures in 2013, however it is made by ISHR in its own right.

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Model Law for the recognition and protection of human rights defenders

Type of Resource: Handbook / Guide

Author: ISHR

Publication Date: 2016

This Model Law serves three objectives: to assist and provide technical guidance to States to develop laws and institutions at the national level to support the work of defenders and protect them; to provide a tool for defenders advocating for stronger legal recognition and protection of their work; and to provide both States and defenders with a tool to measure and assess the coverage and effectiveness of existing laws and policies. This Model Law is intended to guide for States and other actors to ensure the full and effective implementation of the ‘Declaration on the Right and Responsibility of Individuals, Groups and Organs of Society to Promote and Protect Universally Recognized Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms’ at the national level.

English Version. Available in English, French and Spanish.

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Lessons learnt - Human rights defenders working in African States in transition

Type of Resource: Report

Author: ISHR

Publication Date: 2017

This short report shares some of the lessons that have emerged from various meetings and consultations that ISHR have held with human rights defenders and civil society organisations, which other human rights defenders seeking to engage with regional and international human rights mechanisms will find useful for their work. Also includes a series of recommendations on how various stakeholders can support and respond to the needs of human rights defenders and help eliminate the dangers that they often face.

English Version. Available in English and French.

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Has the Declaration made a difference to the lives of defenders? An analysis of the implementation of the UN Declaration on human rights defenders in Colombia and Tunisia

Type of Resource: Report

Author: ISHR

Publication Date: 2018

This report analyses the procedures and practices employed to implement UN resolutions and recommendations related to human rights defenders. A series of recommendations to relevant stakeholders are included as well as a brief reflection on the potential value of creating a regional or global network of focal points on human rights defenders, considered in light of our findings in Colombia and Tunisia.

English Version. Available in English, French and Spanish.

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From Restriction to Protection

Type of Resource: Report

Author: ISHR

Publication Date: 2014

Research report on the legal environment for human rights defenders and the need for national laws to protect and promote their work. This report summarises the key findings of a major research project on the legal recognition and protection of human rights defenders in national law. It covers more than forty jurisdictions from all regions. The aim of this research is to inform the development of a model law which would guide implementation of the international Declaration on Human Rights Defenders at the national level.

English Version. Available in English, French and Spanish.

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National Action Plans on Business and Human Rights: A Toolkit for the Development, Implementation, and Review of State Commitments to Business and Human Rights Frameworks

Type of Resource: Handbook / Guide

Author: The International Corporate Accountability Roundtable and the Danish Institute for Human Rights

Publication Date: 2017

This Toolkit promotes the implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and other relevant frameworks by states and businesses. It provides guidance on how to: Undertake a national baseline assessment of how the requirements of the UNGPs are being met by state and business; Plan an inclusive NAP process; Undertake a fact-based analysis for determining the priorities and actions to be addressed in a NAP; Establish effective follow-up measures for monitoring, reporting, and evaluating how the NAP is being implemented; Enhance monitoring and reporting on NAPs at all levels.

English Version. Available in English, French and Spanish.

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Submission to the UN HRC on its obligations to protect from reprisals those individuals who cooperate with the Council and its subsidiary mechanisms

Type of Resource: Statement

Author: Freshfield Bruckhaus Deringerto

Publication Date: 2014

The submission addresses the legal basis for the protection of individuals who cooperate with the Human Rights Council and its subsidiary mechanisms. It identifies practical steps that the Council, its President and its Bureau could take to ensure that they comply with their obligations under international law and with the Council’s mandate to promote universal respect for the protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms for all.

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The Yogyakarta Principles

Type of Resource: Handbook / Guide

Author: The International Panel of Experts in International Human Rights Law and in Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

Publication Date: 2006

The Yogyakarta Principles address a broad range of human rights standards and their application to issues of sexual orientation and gender identity. The Principles affirm the primary obligation of States to implement human rights. Each Principle is accompanied by detailed recommendations to States. The experts emphasise that all actors have responsibilities to promote and protect human rights. Additional recommendations are addressed to other actors, including the UN human rights system, national human rights institutions, the media, non-governmental organisations, and funders.

English Version. Available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.

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