Tag Archives: Human Rights

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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Study Raises Concerns About Religious Discrimination

While many assume the liberal democracies of the West are the strongest bastions of religious freedom in the world, the evidence simply does not support this claim according to a recent international study carried out by Professor Jonathon Fox of Israel’s Bar-Ilan University. Fox bases his conclusions on a data set recording the treatment of […]

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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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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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Human Rights Council Concludes 42nd Session

The 42nd session of the UN Human Rights Council concluded on Sep 27th with the adoption of 37 resolutions and a presidential statement on the climate emergency. The resolutions included the extension of the mandates of a series of Special Rapporteur and Independent Experts in relation to countries of concern such as the Central African […]

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The Universal Declaration of Human Rights After 70 Years – Is the Founding Vision Being Lost?

The world is back on a path to self-destruction as the global community is increasingly forgetting the lessons of the past according to the United Nations’ special rapporteur on torture, Nils Melzer. His comments, made as the UN marks the 70th anniversary of the universal declaration of human rights (UDHR), alleged that the global community […]

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In Support of Religious Freedom

More than 61 per cent of the world’s population live in countries where religious freedom is not respected, according to a recently released worldwide report. The biennial Religious Freedom in the World report  was published by the international Catholic pastoral charity and pontifical foundation Aid to the Church in Need International. It was the 14th […]

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Towards an International Treaty on Business and Human Rights

Rapid globalisation over recent decades has brought increased economic prosperity, but has led to greater marginalisation of many. Driven by profit maximisation in increasingly competitive markets, and without adequate regulatory mechanisms, concerns about human rights violations and environmental impacts are often ignored. Child labour, displacement of indigenous communities from their traditional lands by mining operations, […]

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US Withdrawal From Human Rights Council Deeply Regrettable

The withdrawal of the United States from the Human Rights Council is deeply regrettable as it undermines progress towards the advancement of global human rights. Sadly the decision is consistent with the Trump administration’s previously demonstrated unwillingness to work with the international community and to prioritise its perceived national self-interest over international agreements. The decision […]

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