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ERI Activity During UN 47th Human Rights Council Session

ERI was again active during the recently concluded Human Rights Council session. The following oral statements were delivered by members of our local networks or members of the ERI team:-– on homelessness in Northern Ireland during the interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on Housing– on Covid-19 and online education during the interactive dialogue with […]

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Fraternity, Multilateralism and Peace

In a video message for an online event on fraternity, multilateralism and peace in response to  Pope Francis’ encyclical letter “Fratelli tutti”, the keynote speaker Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin encouraged nations to pursue arms control and nuclear disarmament as a means to promote peace and fraternity among all people. “It is not […]

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ERI Active During 46th UN Human Rights Council Session

ERI delivered a number of statements during the 46th Human Rights Council session in Geneva. With proceedings taking place virtually, NGOs were asked to raise their concerns via recorded video statements. This provided an opportunity for members of our network to address the Council directly. ERI’s interventions, often joint statements with our partners, included statements […]

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UN Report Urges Humanity to Make Peace With Nature

Without nature’s help, we will not thrive or even survive. For too long, we have been waging a senseless and suicidal war on nature. The result is three interlinked environmental crises. Climate disruption, biodiversity loss and pollution that threaten our viability as a species. They are caused by unsustainable production and consumption,” stated UN Secretary […]

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UPR Review of Australia’s Human Rights Record

The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Australia’s human rights record took place virtually in Geneva in January. ERI’s joint submission focussed on children in detention and the age of criminal responsibility, the rights of indigenous people, asylum seekers and refugees, the impact of climate change, trafficking in persons and the need for a charter of […]

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ERI Activity During 45th UN Human Rights Council Session

ERI delivered five oral statements during the recently concluded session of the United Nations Human Rights Council. The statements were prepared by our advocacy networks in each of the countries concerned. Statements were read in relation to the need to address:– the impact of the illegal drug trade on indigenous youth in India and– attacks […]

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ERI Statements During 44th Human Rights Council Session

ERI was active during the recent 44th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. Oral statements were delivered on:- – trafficking in persons with particular attention to the situation in India;– the right to education in India;– the right to health in Australia, with particular reference to its first peoples, asylum seekers and the […]

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COP 25 – Another Missed Opportunity?

Once again, despite negotiations lasting 16 days at the UN’s recently concluded COP25 climate summit in Madrid, and despite urging from the United Nations and civil society groups to address the climate emergency with “ambition,” government representatives could only come up with a weak call on parties to be more ambitious in their 2020 climate […]

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Human Rights and International Advocacy – A Reflection on My Time in Geneva

“When I feed the poor, they call me a saint, but when I ask why the poor are hungry, they call me a communist.” – Helder Camara, former Archbishop of Recife, Brazil Recently I was offered an opportunity to attend a training on Human Rights and International Advocacy with Edmund Rice International in Geneva. Of […]

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