Exploitative Work is a Contemporary Form of Slavery

The co-signing Organisations welcome and support the priorities of the newly appointed Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Slavery Including Its Causes and Its Consequences, Ms. Urmila Bhoola, and stand ready to further collaborate with her for the fulfilment of the mandate. They support various facets of her strategy plan, especially the focus on access to work for young people and on eliminating migrant slave labour. Contemporary forms of slavery continue to exist across both developed and developing countries, and efforts to combat such injustices must remain a vital priority for all stakeholders.

Situation in Iraq: statement in HR Council

"The human rights situation in Iraq in light of abuses committed by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant and associated groups". Geneva, 1 September 2014

      Caritas Internationalis and several other co-signers know first-hand and are engaged in direct humanitarian responses to those Iraqi people who recently have been subjected to inhuman crimes on a systematic and continuous basis. They have been robbed of every last possession and now have no means to buy food, to find shelter or attend to their basic needs, and are deprived of their human dignity. The numbers, particularly elderly people and children, that have lost their lives, or have been brutally maimed and raped defies the understanding of civilized people in all parts of the world.

NGO Statement on the format of UPR reports

Recently, Russia managed to remove two recommendations from the list of recommendations at the end of the report and to get them added only as footnote. This is jeopardizing the process and could create a precedent where States under Review would negotiate to erase recommendations from the official list. The statement calls on the Human Rights Council President to issue a statement which would clarify the format of the WG report. We would like to open the statement to more NGOs. We welcome signatures until Wednesday 5 June, 6pm.

Holy Statement HRC 22

     Statement of H.E. Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, Secretary for the Holy See's Relations with States, at the High Level Segment of the 22nd Session of the Human Rights Council, delivered today Tuesday 26 February 2013 in Geneva.

Deportations of Uighurs and Lao Hmong

Joint Statement on the Principle of Non-Refoulement and the Recent Forced Deportations of the Uighurs from Cambodia and the Lao Hmong from Thailand
(Released: 14 January 2010


Human rights education and learning

Joint statement by NGOs on human rights education and learning

The United Nations has been constructively promoting human rights education, as an effective tool for both the prevention of human rights violations and the improvement of human rights protection. Human rights education and learning serve to realise mutual respect for human rights, disseminate relevant information on human rights and help to shape better behaviour toward a culture of human rights, that will foster mutual understanding and tolerance between diverse societies and cultures. The United Nations Decade for Human Rights Education (1995-2004) aimed to raise global awareness of human rights and promote such a universal human rights culture. The Decade was followed by the World Programme for Human Rights Education, of which the Plan of Action was adopted by the General Assembly (A/59/525) and started 1 January 2005 with its first phase (2005-2007) focusing on human rights education in primary and secondary school systems. The World Programme is now an ongoing global process structured in consecutive phases focusing on a specific sector or theme for every phase to follow.