#RightsAtRisk. It’s time for action!

Today, a complex and evolving network of anti-rights actors is exerting more influence in international and regional spaces as well as domestic politics. Anti-rights actors are entering multilateral spaces (spaces where multiple countries come together for international collaboration) to transform and undermine them from the inside out. They employ a range of persuasive discourses to gain legitimacy, often co-opting the language of rights and justice to hide their true agendas.
This report is the second in a series on human rights trends reports produced by the Observatory on the Universality of Rights (OURs). As well as analysis of key anti-rights actors, discourses, strategies, and impacts, the report features inspiring short stories of feminist action, and knowledge-building exercises to help strengthen our collective resistance.
To understand the latest global and regional trends, read the new OURs Trends Report #RightsAtRisk

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#CSW65: what was won, what is pending

The 65th session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), the foremost intergovernmental body dedicated to gender equality, came to a close on Friday, 26 March 2021, after negotiations on the text of the agreed conclusions stretched into the final day of the conference. 
The Women’s Rights Caucus (WRC)—a global coalition of more than 200 feminist organizations, networks, and collectives that advocates for gender equality at the United Nations— welcomes the adoption of the Agreed Conclusions and the renewal of a global commitment to achieving inclusive gender equality. The consensus shows multilateral support to advance the human rights of all women and girls.
Despite pushback from regressive governments, WRC welcomes several key areas of progress.

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Feminist declaration on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women

Feminist groups, trade unionists, women’s and community-based organizations, indigenous groups, disability rights advocates, LBTQ+ and gender non-conforming people, intersex people, women human rights defenders and girls’ and youth-led organizations (among others) have made this document on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women.
As part of the Women’s Rights Caucus, recognizing that several member states lack political courage or will to commit to an ambitious political declaration 25 years after the Fourth World Conference on Women, we undertake to offer what we believe is a truly meaningful and reflective feminist declaration; one that takes stock of the current state of the world and the realities of women, girls and gender-non-conforming people in all their diversities.

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Practices of so-called “conversion therapy”, the latest Report by IESOGI

This Report by the Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on SOGI is key to understand why the so-called “conversion therapy” is a way of torture. It is used as an umbrella term to describe interventions of a wide-ranging nature, that aim (or claim to aim) at changing people from gay, lesbian or bisexual to heterosexual and from trans or gender diverse to cisgender.
Víctor Madrigal-Borloz, explores the practices of so-called “conversion therapy” across the globe, including their impact on victims, their human rights implications and their connection with violence and discrimination based on SOGI, as well as measures adopted to prevent them and to penalize or prosecute those who perform them and remedies provided to victims.

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HRC44 – Statement urging to address LGBTI human rights violations worldwide

We urged the High Commissioner for Human Rights to address human rights violations based on sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression or sex characteristics, and to include LGBTI issues specifically in the oral updates and reports on COVID19. It was during 44th session of the Human Rights Council in a joint statement with ILGA World, COC Nederland, ISHR, Outright Action International and RFSL.
We welcomed the recognition by OHCHR of the specific impacts of the COVID19 pandemic on LGBTI persons and the guidance provided to states on how to address this situation, but despite all the efforts and campaigns carried out so far, LGBTI persons continue to have their human rights systematically violated.
Read the statement here.

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