UN special procedures are independent specialists – often called special rapporteurs – and expert working groups, mandated to monitor and report on violations of human rights, and give advice to the UN and their member states on how to protect them.. This 5-minute IFEX guide is an introduction to a specific group of specialists – UN special rapporteurs and expert working groups – and how you can work with them to promote freedom of expression.
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The UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is the principal intergovernmental body dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women. Read this 5-minute IFEX guide to learn about ways to engage with Commission to promote gender equality in your freedom of expression advocacy work.
When it comes to human and civil rights, is your government living up to its obligations? You can help hold it accountable by engaging with the Human Rights Committee, a UN body of independent experts that monitors implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).
The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) puts each UN member state’s human rights record under the microscope every five years, but requires the active engagement of civil society to make the most of it. Read this 5-minute explainer to learn how you can participate and translate its outcomes into action on the ground.
The Open Government Partnership brings states together to make their governments more open, accountable, and responsive to citizens. Find out how civil society groups can be a part of it!
The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) is a crucial player in efforts to promote and protect human rights in the Americas region. Find out how you can use it to bolster your free expression advocacy.
The Case Law Database (“CLD”) is a gateway to the jurisprudence of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (“ICTR”), the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (“ICTY”) and International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (“IRMCT”) Appeals Chambers.
It provides direct access to extracts of key judgements and decisions rendered by the ICTR, ICTY, and IRMCT Appeals Chambers since their inception, as well as to full-text versions of the corresponding appeal judgements and decisions.
This Toolkit is designed to provide different types of actors with documents and tools to support their engagement with the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF) laid out in the New York Declaration on Refugees and Migrants. It features a beginner’s guide on the CRRF, which can be useful guidance for actors involved in new or early applications of the CRRF, and contains more detailed materials for specific stakeholders. As a living page, the toolkit is constantly updated, informed and enriched by contributions of partners involved in the CRRF and the implementation of the Global Compact on Refugees.
Human Rights Foundation, in partnership with Forum280 and USB Memory Direct, is collecting flash drives for defector-led organizations. Each year, these groups collectively smuggle approximately 10,000 flash drives into North Korea. They could send many more but are limited by the expense of purchasing drives at retail cost. By providing organizers with drives, Flash Drives for Freedom allows these groups to focus their energy and resources on expanding their programs.