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Map of Geneva

Type of Resource: FactSheet / Checklist

Author: ISHR

Publication Date: 2019

This map of Geneva shows you where the main UN buildings (Palais des Nations, Palais Wilson, and others) are located.

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ISHR Video on the Anti-NGO Committee

Type of Resource: Video

Author: ISHR

Publication Date: 2019

With ECOSOC accreditation, an NGO has greater rights to participate in the processes of the UN. However, the accreditation process is in the hands of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) NGO Committee. The Committee is well-known for its politicised practice, particularly in regard to human rights organisations. Changing the practice of the Committee and ensure its processes are fair, transparent and apolitical will ultimately require a change in the membership. This video provides background on the Committee and how each of us can help safeguard NGO participation at the UN.

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LGBTI Rights | Factsheets on UN Special Procedures

Type of Resource: FactSheet / Checklist

Author: ISHR and the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association

Publication Date: 2019

ISHR and ILGA have reviewed the work of 14 UN Special Procedures to compile factsheets listing the references and recommendations made by UN experts regarding LGBTI persons, sexual orientation, sex characteristics, gender identity and expression. Focusing on the Special Procedures that have made the most regular and in-depth references to issues affecting LGBTI persons, the factsheets examine all thematic reports, reports arising from country visits, and communications sent to different States between January 2011 and November 2018.

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The Human Rights Council: A practical guide

Type of Resource: Handbook / Guide

Author: Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the United Nations Office

Publication Date: 2014

This publication is useful for those who wish to learn more about the Human Rights Council and how it functions as an institution, including political dimensions. It explains the structures, procedures and mechanisms of the Human Rights Council, illustrating each point with examples drawn from Council practice.

English Version. Available in English and French.

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United Nations Human Rights Council: A Practical Guide for NGO Participants

Type of Resource: Handbook / Guide

Author: Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

Publication Date: 2013

Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and national human rights institutions (NHRIs) can be accredited to participate in the Human Rights Council’s sessions, and address the Council during interactive discussions and debates thus highlighting human rights situations around the globe. This is a practical guide for NGO participants about accreditation, attending the Council session, access to the public gallery, requesting a room for a parallel or side event, making an oral statement, documentation and resources, and participation in general.

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

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Working with the United Nations Human Rights Programme: A Handbook for Civil Society

Type of Resource: Handbook / Guide

Author: Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

Publication Date: 2008

A user-friendly handbook on UN human rights bodies and mechanisms exploring the many important ways that civil society actors including NGOs can contribute to their work. This publication aims at enabling more people to access and make claim to their human rights through effective use of UN human rights system. The handbook includes information on: OHCHR’s mandate, role, activities, publications and key contacts; various UN human rights mechanisms; as well as funds and grants available to civil society. It includes good practice examples of civil society collaboration with OHCHR in the field and civil society contributions to the work of UN human rights bodies and mechanisms.

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

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The Right to Dissent: A guide to international law obligations to respect, protect and fulfill the right of all persons to participate in public affairs by engaging in criticism, opposition and dissent

Type of Resource: Handbook / Guide

Author: 3rd party

Publication Date: 2017

A guide to international law obligations to respect, protect and fulfill the right of all persons to participate in public affairs by engaging in criticism, opposition and dissent. This guide explains the international legal standards, principles, and jurisprudence protecting the rights to dissent and protest as essential human rights. It provides activists, human rights defenders, jurists, NGOs, corporate actors, and government authorities with the tools and knowledge necessary to ensure rights, protect the lives and liberty of dissenters, enable meaningful participation in public life, and promote the rule of law.

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Gendering Documentation: A manual for and about Women Human Rights Defenders

Type of Resource: Handbook / Guide

Author: ISHR

Publication Date: 2015

Providing women human rights defenders with the tools to document their experience and that of colleagues. This resource aims to generate awareness about violations and abuses against defenders and support demands for human rights change, it also outlines why documentation of their experience is important.

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A Human Rights Defender Toolkit for Promoting Business Respect for Human Rights

Type of Resource: Handbook / Guide

Author: ISHR

Publication Date: 2015

How can human rights defenders effectively engage businesses to promote corporate respect for human rights? The publication provides an overview to human rights defenders of the legal and policy frameworks, and government and corporate trends relating to the protection of human rights within the context of business.

English Version. Available in English, French and Spanish.

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A Simple Guide to the UN Treaty Bodies

Type of Resource: Handbook / Guide

Author: ISHR

Publication Date: 2015

This resource provides an overview of the UN human rights treaty body system and the different ways human rights defenders can make use of it to further their human rights causes. The guide also provides information on the relationship between the treaty bodies and other UN human rights mechanisms, relevant developments related to the harmonisation of the working methods of the treaty bodies, and a glossary and e-resources for further reference.

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

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