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A/HRC/24/41 Distr.: General, 1 July 2013, Original: English Human Rights Council Twenty-fourth session Agenda item 3 Promotion and protection of all human rights, civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to development This is the final thematic report of James Anaya, the Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, submitted to the Human Rights Council in accordance with Council resolutions 6/12 and 15/14. Building upon previous [...]
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Complainant’s Manual for filing a Communication before the African Commission ICJ Kenya in partnership with other Civil Society Organizations has released a publication: Filing a Communication before the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights: A Complainant’s Manual. The idea for the Complainants’ Manual was born in Banjul, The Gambia, during the 51st Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights (ACHPR). It was drafted by the [...]
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Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network (EMHRN) Executive Committee member, human rights defender and trade unionist M. Osman İşçi was arrested in Ankara one year ago on 25 June 2012, and detained at the high-level security prison of Sincan, Ankara, along with another 27 trade unionists arrested on the same date facing proceedings for allegedly supporting a terrorist organization. The first hearing of Osman İşçi’s trial took place on 10 April in the Ankara Special Court, after [...]
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he Human Rights Law Centre and the International Service for Human Rights have published a Guide for Human Rights Defenders on Domestic Implementation of UN Human Rights Recommendations. The Guide considers strategies and tactics that NGOs can use to contribute to the implementation of UN recommendations at the national level. Effective follow-up by civil society is vital to ensuring that UN recommendations lead to an improvement of the human rights situation [...]
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12 September 2013 Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions   An empowered civil society is a crucial component of any democratic system and is an asset in itself. It represents and fosters pluralism and can contribute to more effective policies, equitable and sustainable development and inclusive growth. It is an important player in fostering [...]
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13 March 2013 This handbook is aimed first and foremost at human rights defenders who interact with regional and international human rights systems. The focus is in particular on the United Nations (UN) human rights system, the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights, the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights, and the Council of Europe. The right of human rights defenders to collaborate with these mechanisms is set out in [...]
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15 January 2013 Whether you are an NGO active on human rights at local or regional level, wandering through the complex maze of EU and its obscure machinery, this guide is designed for you! An excellent tool that will navigate you through the latest developments in the EU sphere and is jam-packed with useful tips to help you make the changes that really matter to you. Written in clear and [...]
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November 2012 Making corporations respond to the damage they cause:  Strategic approaches to compensation and corporate accountability Transnational corporate projects often affect the living conditions of hundreds or thousands of people. They can bring positive changes into a region or country, for instance jobs and revenue as well as contributions to the community infrastructure, such as the building of roads, schools or hospitals. Sometimes, working conditions in transnational corporations are [...]
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July 2012 This joint submission on behalf of the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project, Protection International and Front Line Defenders focuses on the situation for human rights defenders in Burundi during the period 2008-2012, since the country’s review in the first cycle of the UPR to date. The report first provides the political context and legal framework in which human rights defenders (HRDs) operate, before examining [...]
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This issue of the International Journal of Not-for-Profit Law features two major studies of civil society’s principles and protections. First is “Defending Civil Society,” a detailed report on the threats—some heavy-handed, some subtle—facing civil society today. The International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) and the World Movement for Democracy Secretariat at the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) develop a typology of threats to civil society organizations (CSOs); address the justifications [...]
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