Fwd: UN Human Rights -- Weekly 18


Wednesday 5 May 2021

r inputs / applications

New: Call for input for a report mandated by the General Assembly resolution 74/159 entitled “Human rights and cultural diversity”. Paragraph 24 of the resolution “requests the Secretary-General to prepare a report on the implementation of the present resolution, including efforts undertaken at the national, regional and international levels regarding the recognition and importance of cultural diversity among all peoples and nations in the world and taking into account the views of Member States, relevant United Nations agencies and non-governmental organizations, and to submit the report to the General Assembly at its seventy-sixth session”.

For the preparation of the report, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights would be grateful to receive any contributions on the issues covered in the resolution. Partners are encouraged to address, in their submissions, the human rights challenges experienced in protecting and promoting cultural diversity during the COVID-19 pandemic, and to highlight any good or promising practices in this area.

Submissions should be limited to four pages and be delivered in accessible format (Microsoft Word) in either English or French. They should reach the Office of the High Commissioner by 3 June 2021 and be addressed to: United Nations Office at Geneva, CH-1211 Geneva 10; Fax. + 41 22 917 90 08; E-mail: or (for the attention of Lynn Gentile).

Reminder: Call for inputs on the Transitional justice measures and the legacy of human rights violations in colonial contexts --deadline 7 May 2021 Read More The questionnaire is available here in English, French and Spanish

Reminder: 2021 Call for submissions pursuant to Human Rights Council resolution A/HRC/46/L.26 on Cooperation with Georgia. Pursuant to Human Rights Council resolution 46/L.26 entitled “Cooperation with Georgia” and adopted on 24 March 2021, OHCHR invites contributions for the forthcoming oral update and the written report of the High Commissioner for Human Rights from States, United Nations entities, specialized agencies and related organizations, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations and national human rights institutions. The call for contributions, containing also the requirements for possible submissions by 14 May 2021, is available here

Reminder: The Independent Expert on foreign debt & human rights’, Ms Yuefen Li, will focus her report to the GA 76th session on the reform of the international debt architecture and its links to human rights. A call for contributions in EN/SP/FR is available here and also on twitter at @IEfinanceHRs -- deadline is on 15 May 2021

Reminder: Call for Inputs report of the Secretary-General on the Implementation of the International Decade for People of African descent, Read more -- deadline 27 May 2021

Reminder: Call for input: The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the Universal Rights Group (URG) are developing a project designed to identify good practices that aim to support environmental human rights defenders (EHRDs), their communities and their work, and encourage the replication of these practices in other contexts. You can contribute by responding to this survey currently available in English, French and Spanish or submitting good practices’ information to Contributions will inform a report and an online free tool (both including examples of specific good practices) to be launched globally in October 2021. Implementing partners and contributors will be acknowledged in the resulting materials if they consent. If you have questions, please email us at or mariana See flyer -- deadline 30 June 2021

Reminder: Call for input: Thematic studies of the Expert Mechanism on the Right to Development - Read more - deadline 31 December 2021

Events and Meetings

Reminder: Call for Participation in the Africa-Middle East Regional Forum on Minority Issues -- deadline 9 June 2021 . Call available in العربية | English | Français | Portuguese Português

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Reminder: Webinar on “Applying for ECOSOC Consultative Status” for NGOs on 5 May 2021, 11am - 12:30pm (NYT). Register here See webinar flyer here

Reminder: Virtual invitation to participate in the intersessional panel discussion on the 15th anniversary of the responsibility to protect populations from genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity, as enshrined in the 2005 World Summit Outcome”, pursuant to Human Rights Council resolution 44/14. It will take place on 11 May 2021 from 15:00 to 17:00, Geneva time. Read more (Note Verbale, concept note in English, French and Spanish)

Participants are invited to register online available at

Reminder: Interactive E-Course on the Right to Development and the Sustainable Development Goals. Applications are now open for the interactive e-learning course: Operationalizing the Right to Development in Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals. This four week interactive, instructor-led course is jointly offered by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, the University for Peace and the United Nations University’s International Institute for Global Health.

The 7th and 8th Rounds will take place from 23 June to 20 July and from 20 October to 16 November 2021. To apply, please select 1 of the 2 rounds and fill the application form here. The deadline for submission of applications is 13 June 2021. Candidates will be selected on the basis of merit taking into account professional, regional, and gender diversity. For more information, please see

For any additional information, please write to

Reminder: Second session of the open-ended intergovernmental working group mandated to elaborate the content of an international regulatory framework on the regulation, monitoring and oversight of the activities of private military and security companies will be held from 26 to 30 April 2021. (Human Rights Council resolution 45/16) Read more (provisional agenda, modalities of participation and registration) e . For any further details, please contact the Secretariat at

Reminder: the 21st session of the Intergovernmental Working Group on the Right to Development, will take place from 17 to 21 May 2021, Delegations are reminded to submit copies of their statements prior to delivery to NGOs in consultative status with ECOSOC can participate as observers. Background The Working Group was established in 1998 with a mandate to: (a) monitor and review progress in the promotion and implementation of the right to development; (b) review reports and other information submitted by States, United Nations agencies, other relevant international and non-governmental organizations; and (c) present a sessional report to the Human Rights Council on its deliberations. Read more (Programme of work and registration)

Human Rights Council

New: note verbale concerning the intersessional panel as well as the technical note providing detailed information on the modalities and organizational matters and the multilingual Zoom user guide.

New: note verbale in relation to the vacancies of mandate holders to be appointed at the 48th session of the Human Rights Council (13 September to 1 October 2021). Applications should be received by 11 June 2021 at 12 noon Geneva time.

New: Minutes of the Human Rights Council Bureau of 29 April 2021

Reminder: Call for applications for the Independent Expert on the effects of foreign debt and other related international financial obligations of States on the full enjoyment of all human rights, particularly economic, social and cultural rights (additional vacancy) -- Deadline 11 May 2021 Note verbale (in French here) - Read more العربية | | English | Français | русский | Español

Reminder: draft three-year programme of work of the Human Rights Council for 2021 - 2023 (posted on the HRC Extranet)

HRC previous minutes available on HRC Extranet here

NGO Participation in the Human Rights Council

Video - Human Rights Council tenth anniversary 2006-2016

Video - What is the Human Rights Council?

Treaty Bodies

Facts and Figures

Petitions & Urgent Action Section - statistics on correspondences and cases from Petitions and Urgent Actions Section for April 2021:

· Number of correspondences received through emails: 2807

· Number of correspondences sent through emails: 2221

· Number of new registered cases: 22

· Number of cases processed but not registered: (for non-compliance with preliminary registration criteria): 151

· Number of granted Interim Measures: 14

· Number of denied Interim Measures: 0

· Number of new registered Urgent Actions: 3

State Party Reports – received in April 2021:

· CED Belgium Additional Information

CEDAW France IX Periodic report


Chile VII Periodic report

Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of) V Periodic report

· Core Document


State Party Ratifications in April 2021:

· Georgia - Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (IV-15-a)

TB Press Briefing Notes and Clipping

Geneva, 30 April - Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination closes one hundred and third session after adopting concluding observations on the report of Belgium and a Statement on the rise of racial discrimination against Asians and People of Asian Descent

Geneva, 26 April - Committee against Torture Opens Seventieth Online Session

Statement/Guidance on COVID-19

Guidance Note on Migrants Equitable Access to COVID-19 Vaccine

Statement by the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights on universal affordable vaccination for COVID-19, international cooperation and intellectual property

Upcoming/Current TB Sessions & Events in 2021 - Read More

CED- Committee on Enforced Disappearances - 20th (virtual) Session (12 Apr. – 7 May. 2021)

CRC- Committee on the Rights of the Child 87th (virtual) Session, (17th May to 4th June 2021)

The Committee will review the report of

- Luxembourg: 19, 20 & 21 May from 14:00 to 16:00

- Tunisia: 26 – 27 – 28 May from 12:00 to 14:00 (public, live webcasting on