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E-CONNECT NO.22

We have issued E-CONNECT No.22 on 3 April, 2017

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“Minority women’s voices should be heard for transitional justice”, joint message to Sri Lanka

HRC34 _(c) Sunanda DeshapriyaAt the 34th session of the UN Human Rights Council, IMADR held a joint side event which invited three Sri Lankan women from different ethnic and religious communities, and Ms. Anastasia Crickley from the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) and Ms. Rita Izsák-Ndiaye, the UN Special Rapporteur on minority issues. From the perspectives of minority women’s human rights, the event identified key challenges and essential steps to ensure a fully inclusive transitional justice process in Sri Lanka. More >>

Joint report on Japan: “Silencing the voices of Okinawans”

In Line_RyuFilmsFollowing the official country visit to Japan in April 2016 by the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to freedom of opinion and expression, Mr. David Kaye, IMADR and the All Okinawa Council for Human Rights published a joint report on the situation of the freedom of expression in Ryukyu/Okinawa. The report revealed the systematic discrimination and oppression against the people of Ryukyu/Okinawa in their enjoyment of human rights, in particular the rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly. More >>

“Truth must be revealed and acknowledged by the State”, a key demand for transitional justice in Sri Lanka

25th death anniversary of Richard de Zoysa_(c) GroundviewsIn January 2016, the Consultation Task Force on Reconciliation Mechanisms (CTF) was set up by the Sri Lankan government which was mandated to facilitate nation-wide consultations to propose transitional justice mechanisms. While this initiative was a positive step, the President and the Prime Minister failed to meet the CTF on 5th January 2017 when the final report was handed in. IMADR organised a joint side event to present the CTF report to the international community during the 34th session of the UN Human Rights Council. More >>

IMADR in the world

(c) Squat Le MondeHuman Rights Council discussed issues of racial profiling and hate speech                 In commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (21 March), the international community convened the debate on racial profiling and incitement to hatred, including in the context of migration. At the discussion, IMADR raised concerns on the lack of measures on hate speech against non-citizens in the political discourse. More >>

IMADR and its concerns

Hiroji Yamashiro_(c) IWJInternational NGOs condemned arbitrary measures against human rights defender of Ryukyu/ Okinawa                                   At the 34th session of the UN Human Rights Council, a group of NGOs condemned the Japanese government for arbitrary arrests and prolonged detention of Mr. Hiroji Yamashiro, a prominent human rights defender of Ryukyu/ Okinawa. More >>

IMADR at the UN

CERD92CERD holds 92nd session                           In April, the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) will examine the periodic reports of Armenia, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Finland, Kenya and Republic of Moldova. More >>

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Template for Civil Society Actors: Follow-up Information on the CERD recommendations More >>

E-CONNECT NO.21

We have issued E-CONNECT No.21 on 15 December, 2016

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Global civil society joins hands with UN to end racial discrimination

CERD consultation with civil society_23Nov2016On 23rd November, civil society from all over the world, including indigenous and minority groups, met with the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD). Civil society representatives shared their challenges in own country and region, and put ideas in order to improve the work of the CERD to achieve the goal of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination. IMADR Under-Secretary General participated in the panel. More >>

Sri Lankan civil society demands no delay in accountability

Sri Lanka_Stop Abductions_(c) GroundviewsOn 3rd November, civil society activists and organisations in Sri Lanka sent a joint letter in expressing deeps concerns on the Government of Sri Lanka’s plans to indefinitely delay the establishment of the proposed accountability mechanism, despite the promises that the Government made to the international community by co-sponsoring the Human Rights Council resolution (A/HRC/30/L.29) in September 2015. Recently the UN Committee Against Torture concluded that more efforts should be done by the Government. More >>

NGO joint call on CERD to strengthen follow-up of recommendations

CERD85_(C) U.S. Mission-Geneva Eric BridiersTogether with Minority Rights Group International (MRG) and Race and Equality, IMADR submitted a joint response for the consultation of the CERD with civil society held on 23rd November. The joint paper examined different follow-up mechanisms of the existing treaty bodies on specific recommendations in order to identify areas where the CERD can further strengthen its cooperation with civil society to fight racial discrimination. More >>

IMADR in the world

Fist_(c) Christa LohmanEND OF YEAR APPEAL: Help us fight racism!                                                             Look how your support made it possible for us to take many action for the eradication of racial discrimination in 2016. We will continue and strengthen our fight against racism through human rights advocacy at the grass-roots and UN levels in 2017. More >>

IMADR and its concerns

Special Rapporteur on minority issues-Rita Izsak_UN Photo-Jean Marc FerréUN expert urges Sri Lanka to establish an Independent Commission on Minorities   UN Special Rapporteur on minority issues concluded her mission to Sri Lanka on 20th October. In her end of the mission statement, she recommended the Government to establish an Independent Commission on Minorities under the Constitution. More >>

IMADR at the UN

CERD91CERD concluded 91st session                       On 9th December, the CERD concluded its 91st session. At the session, the Committee adopted concluding observations of Argentina, Italy, Portugal, Togo, Turkmenistan and Uruguay. More >>

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Template for Civil Society Actors: Follow-up Information on the CERD recommendations More >>

E-CONNECT No.20

We have issued E-CONNECT No.20 on 4 October, 2016

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UN urge USA to end impunity for State violence against African Americans

USA_Oalkand 2010_(c) Thomas HawkUN Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent presented its country visit report to the USA at the 33rd session of the Human Rights Council. The Working Group stated in the report that it “remains extremely concerned about the human rights situation of African Americans”, urging the Government to take measures against racial bias and disparities in the criminal justice system and structural racial discrimination. On 26 September, IMADR delivered the joint statement with the US Human Rights Network. More >>

“More needs to be done”, message to Sri Lanka to heal wounds from enforced disappearances

Sri Lanka_Enforced disappearances_(c) GroundviewsOn 20 September, IMADR held a side event on “Enforced Disappearances in Sri Lanka”. The event invited two family members of the disappeared and the journalist from Sri Lanka, as well as the members of the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances. While acknowledging the recent positive steps taken by the Government, the event stressed the need for the Government to do more to establish and implement credible processes to address the issue of enforced disappearances. More >>

Targeted attack on freedom of expression in Okinawa, Japan

Okinawa_Along the borderline_(c) RyuFilmsIn follow-up to the visit of the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to freedom of opinion and expression, IMADR and All Okinawa Council for Human Rights produced the joint report “Targeted attack on freedom of expression in Okinawa”. The report identified disproportionate restrictions on the freedom of expression in Okinawa such as surveillance and excessive use of force against protesters, violation of the press freedom as well as persistent oppressive comments by government officials against the Okinawan media. More >>

IMADR in the world

Sri Lanka_Tea plantation_(c) ILO-Alan DowSri Lanka met UN anti-racism body after 15 years                                                               In August, Sri Lanka was reviewed by the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD), for the first time after the end of the armed conflict. The Committee urged the Government to address root causes of the decades-long conflict. More >>

IMADR and its concerns

Work harder for gender equality, say MEPs_(c) European ParliamentGender integration in human rights bodies IMADR joined the call for action to promote gender parity within the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and other treaty bodies including the CERD, international and regional organisations. More >>

IMADR at the UN

CERD91CERD holds the 91st session                             In November, the CERD will examine the periodic reports of Argentina, Italy, Portugal, Togo, Turkmenistan and Uruguay. The Committee will hold a consultation with civil society on 23 November. Contact us for further information.. More >>

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ICERD and CERD: A Guide for Civil Society Actors More >>

E-CONNECT No. 19

On 6th June, we have issued our new issue of E-CONNECT. If you have not subscribed to our newsletter, you ca do it from here!

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Post-Earthquake recovery and rehabilitation support for the most vulnerable people in Nepal

Nepal_FEDO_Earthquake Relif_E-CONNECT19From immediately after the Earthquakes, IMADR supported Feminist Dalit Organization (FEDO) in Nepal to conduct relief and rehabilitation activities for vulnerable communities including Dalits, widows and single women, people living with disabilities and children. FEDO has reached out to thousands of victims in 8 districts to provide material support and empowerment activities. More >>

“Confidence has to be built for accountability and good governance in Sri Lanka”, civil society alerts UN Human Rights Council

Sri Lanka_Say No to Corruption_(c) Transparency International Sri LankaOn 24 June, IMADR held a side event at the Human Rights Council to bring the views from the ground level to the international community about the positive steps taken so far and remaining challenges in Sri Lanka including the Constitutional reform, fight against corruption, addressing enforced disappearances and protection of human rights without discrimination. More >>

Impunity must end to protect and promote human rights in Bangladesh

Bangladesh_Rohingya refugees in the Nayapara camp_(c) AustcareIMADR called for the international attention to the deteriorating human rights situation in Bangladesh. Freedom of expression is particularly under threat due to the violence against journalists, bloggers and media professionals. The government must end the impunity for the attacks against human rights defenders and religious minorities as well as enforced disappearances and extrajudicial killings. More >>

IMADR in the world

Argentina_Indigenous Peoples_(c)ANSESUN urges Argentina to protect indigenous people
UN Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, Mr. Mutuma Ruteere, urged Argentina to protect the rights of indigenous peoples who have been historically marginalized. The Rapporteur visited the country in May. More >>

IMADR and its concerns

UN Special Rapporteur on the right to freedom of opinion and expression - David KayeRestrictive measures on freedom of expression in Okinawa, Japan
UN Special Rapporteur on the right to freedom of opinion and expression, Mr. David Kaye, shared his concern on the situation in Okinawa in conclusion of his visit to Japan. IMADR produced the information on Okinawa with the partners. More >>

IMADR at the UN

CERD90CERD holds the 90th session
In August, the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) will examine the periodic reports of Greece, Lebanon, Pakistan, Paraguay, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Ukraine and the United Kingdom. More >>

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ICERD and CERD: A Guide for Civil Society Actors More >>

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