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ERI Submissions for 41st UPR Session

A range of issues raised in ERI submissions for the UPR reviews of India, South Africa and the United Kingdom were the subject of recommendations put forward by reviewing states during the 41st session. Issues related to the policy of the United Kingdom towards asylum seekers and refugees (a major focus of the joint ERI […]

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ERI Participation in 51st Session of Human Rights Council

ERI made a number of statements during the 51st Session of the UN Human Rights Council and co-sponsored several others delivered by our partners. The statements included:-A statement on behalf of PRATYeK India during the Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on Water and Sanitationhttps://youtu.be/srfq8m9htusA statement on behalf of the Justice Desk on gender-based violence […]

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ERI Activity in 50th Session of UN Human Rights Council

ERI delivered six statements during the 50th Session of the UN Human Rights Council. Five of the statements were read by participants in the recent ERI training course in Geneva and were in response to the report delivered to the Council by a UN Special Rapporteurs. The statements included:-– a statement in response to the […]

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ERI Activity in 49th Session of UN Human Rights Council

The ongoing crisis in the Ukraine caused a re-scheduling of the agenda of the 49th Human Rights Council Session. As a result, at the time of circulating this newsletter, this has meant that an additional number of ERI planned statements have yet to be delivered. It is expected they will be made in the coming […]

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UPR Reviews of Haiti, South Sudan, Timor Leste and Zimbabwe

Several UPR reviews of relevance to the Edmund Rice Network took place in Geneva in January. The Christian Brothers North American Province joined with local partners to present a joint submission for Haiti, which focussed on issues of access to education and health care, child servitude and trafficking. All of these issues were the subject of recommendations […]

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The Future of Our Planet After COP26

The outcome of the recent COP26 meeting in Glasgow can be summed up in the words of United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres in his wrap up message to the conference, “It is an important step but is not enough, Our fragile planet is hanging by a thread. We are still knocking on the door of climate […]

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Addressing Implementation of UPR Recommendations for PNG

ERI joined with partners from the International Catholic Centre in Geneva (CCIG) for an online event which heard from national and international stakeholders on how to promote and protect human rights in PNG in the light of recommendations stemming from the 3rd UPR cycle. Panelists included ms Mou Begura from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Papua New […]

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Facilitating the Voices of Young People at COP26

A group of students from Edmund Rice schools in England will attend the Conference of Youth (COY16) in Glasgow from 28th-31st October at which they will present a statement on behalf of Edmund Rice Schools in England, India, Uruguay and the USA and young people in Bolivia, which will become part of the global youth […]

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ERI Activity During 48th UN Human Rights Council Session

ERI was again active during the recently concluded Human Rights Council session. Statements were delivered by members of our local networks, partners or members of the ERI team on:– access to clean water and sanitation in India as part of the interactive dialogue with the UN Special Rapporteur on Water and Sanitation. (statement delivered by […]

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2021: A massive year for our common home

The recent IPCC Report confirms that the world is fast reaching the internationally agreed 1.5 degrees Celsius threshold; irreversible damage to the planet and people is looming closer each day. The climate emergency is causing rising seas, a warmer planet, and more extreme weather. It’s devastating the lives of our poorest sisters and brothers. At the […]

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