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Announcements regarding the Human Rights Council
The draft programme of work for the 19th session of the UPR is available here and the troika members here.
The Human Rights Council elected its new bureau for 2014, from 1st January to 31st December. The elected President is Baudelaire Ndong Ella of Gabon. It also appointed Katerina Sequensová of the Czech Republic, Alberto D'Alotto of Argentina, Maurizio Enrico Serra of Italy, and Dilip Sinha of India to the positions of Vice Presidents.Katerina Sequensová was also elected to be Rapporteur.
The General Assembly elected 14 new members States to three years terms on Human Rights Council. Those elected were Algeria, China, Cuba, France, Maldives, Mexico, Morocco, Namibia, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, United Kingdom and Viet Nam. More information here.
Survey conducted by UPR Info and Mandat International about the process through which States draft their interventions for the UPR working group. The aim of this survey is to improve NGO's understanding of these processes, in a view to facilitate their interaction and advocacy efforts with States. Access the survey results here.
Useful resources regarding NGO participation in the Human Rights Council available here.
Other Human Rights News
The informal inter-sessional meeting of the Working group on the Right to Development will be held from 3rd to 4th April 2014 in room XII at Palais des Nations. The 15th annual session will be held from 12nd to 16th May 2014 in room VII at Palais des Nations. Confirm the names of your representatives participating to email@example.com. More information will be available on this website.
The third Optional Protocol to the Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC)on a Communication Procedures entered into force the 14th April 2014. It is now possible to submit communications to the CRC.
The deadline to submit your contributions to the Secretary General's report on moratoriums on the use of the death penalty is the 30 April 2014. Contributions should be a maximum of 1500 words and cover developments regardind moratoriums since 20 december 2012. They should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The High Commissioner for Human Rights is pleased to launch an information campaign against violence and discrimination towards LGBT. More information here.
The Civil Society Section of the OHCHR released a new Practical Guide for Civil Society: Human Rights Funds, Grants and Fellowships, available here.
The Civil Society Section of the OHCHR launch a new Practical Guide for civil society on how to follow up on United Nations human rights recommendations. The Guide is being translated into Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish. Available in English here.