WORLD: Reprisals against persons cooperating with the UN: towards a strengthened institutional response

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ALRC-ANM-001-2011
March 15, 2011

A Joint Announcement by the Asian Legal Resource Centre and 14 other organisations

WORLD: Reprisals against persons cooperating with the UN: towards a strengthened institutional response

Amnesty International, Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC), Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), Baha’i International Community, Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS), CIVICUS, CONECTAS Direitos Humanos, Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, Human Rights House Foundation (HRHF), Human Rights Watch, International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), International Commission of Jurists, International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT), International Service for Human Rights (ISHR), World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) wish to invite you to the following panel discussion:

You are cordially invited to a panel discussion on
Reprisals against persons cooperating with the UN: towards a
strengthened institutional response
Wednesday, 16 March 2011, 1:00-3:00 PM
Room 21 (XXI)

Ending reprisals against persons cooperating with the UN and its mechanisms in the field of human rights should be a priority for the Human Rights Council. Reprisals violate human rights and are a threat to civil society and to the effective functioning of human rights mechanisms that rely on information from civil society.

The side event will seek to explore ways in which the Human Rights Council, OHCHR and the UN system more broadly can live up to their responsibility to effectively address cases of reprisals. Short interventions by panellists will be followed by a debate with participants, with a view to identifying concrete elements of strategies that protect individuals or organisations from reprisals.

Panellists:

• Orest Nowosad, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).
• Sunanda Deshapriya, journalist from Sri Lanka presenting cases of reprisals in India and Sri Lanka.
• Florian Irminger, Human Rights House Foundation, presenting cases of reprisals against lawyers and human rights organisations in Belarus.
• Updates of the cases from Venezuela, Kenya, and Syria, presented at the 15th session, will be provided.

Refreshments will be provided

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About the ALRC: The Asian Legal Resource Centre is an independent regional non-governmental organisation holding general consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. It is the sister organisation of the Asian Human Rights Commission. The Hong Kong-based group seeks to strengthen and encourage positive action on legal and human rights issues at the local and national levels throughout Asia.

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The Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) works towards the radical rethinking & fundamental redesigning of justice institutions in Asia, to ensure relief and redress for victims of human rights violations, as per Common Article 2 of the International Conventions. Sister organisation to the Asian Human Rights Commission, the ALRC is based in Hong Kong & holds general consultative status with the Economic & Social Council of the United Nations.

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