The sign-up system for oral statements during the 25th session of the HRC will open the 28th February at 2p.m.
The 20th UPR working group will take place in October/November 2014. Deadline for the submission of NGO information to this session has been extended to 15th March 2014 for Italy, El Salvador, Gambia, Bolivia, Fiji, San Marino, Kazakhstan, Angola, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Madagascar, Iraq, Slovenia, Egypt, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Details on how to submit information.
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 Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights, Farida Shaheed, lauched a questionnaire on the impact of advertising and marketing practices on the enjoyment of cultural rights. Submit your contributions (no more than 3000 words) to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 16th March 2014. More information here.
The 20th Session of the Committee on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families will be held from 31st March to 11th April 2014 at Palais Wilson. Submissions should be sent no later than 17th March to email@example.com. More information are available here.
The President of the Council, Remigiusz A. Henczel, appointed Ms Roque as Chairperson of the Social Forum 2014, taking place from 1st to 3rd April 2014. More information here.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 will entry into force the 14th April 2014. It will be possible from that time to submit communications to the CRC.
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.