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Newsletter July 2019


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July 2019
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Highlights from the 41st Human Rights Council Session

From 24 June to 12 July, the Right Livelihood Foundation participated in the 41st session of the Human Rights Council. The Foundation was privileged to bring Human Rights Centre Memorial (2004 Laureate) together with several Special Rapporteurs to discuss the overall situation of human rights in Russia. Additionally, we challenged Egypt's travel ban on Ms Mozn Hassan (2016 Laureate) and Saudi Arabia's violations of human rights. In the final days of the Council, Dr Sima Samar, Head of Afghanistan’s Human Rights Commission and 2012 Laureate, addressed the delegates through a video statement during the adoption of Afghanistan’s Universal Periodic Review.

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Condemning Russia's failure to honour international obligations

On 1 July, the Foundation delivered an oral statement at the Human Rights Council in partnership with Human Rights Centre Memorial, which called on the Council to draw attention to Russia’s continuous refusal to abide by its international obligations.

"Russian policy towards LGBT people can be described as effectively legalizing discrimination and violence, cutting LGBT children off from the services and information they need to survive and impeding the collection of data on the situation of LGBT population of Russia. Thus, we urge the Human Rights Council to draw its attention to Russia’s continuous refusal to follow its international obligations to ensure equality of individuals irrespectively of their sexual orientation and gender identity."

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Decrying Egypt's travel ban on Mozn Hassan
On 3 July, the Foundation joined the organization Nazra for Feminist Studies in calling on Egypt to immediately lift the unfair and prolonged travel ban imposed on their founder Mozn Hassan since June 2016. As Egypt heads into its Universal Periodic Review session next November, Egyptian human rights defenders still face travel bans that are not only unfairly depriving them of their freedom of movement but are also preventing them from carrying out their human rights work.
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Calling on Saudi Arabia to address human rights violations

We co-sponsored an event focused on the recent attacks on journalists worldwide and in particular in Saudi Arabia. Event speakers reflected on gaps in prevention, protection and prosecution. Additionally, they highlighted ways to enhance the UN’s response to government impunity.

During the 40th Human Rights Council,  36 states signed a statement calling for the release of detained human rights defenders in Saudi Arabia.  This Council session, the Foundation joined 40 organisations in demanding that the Council further address ongoing human rights violations in Saudi Arabia. 

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