Statements to the 50th Session of the UN Human Rights Council

During the session, which will takes place between 13 June and 8 July, we will share various concerns from Franciscans and other partners with the Council. You can find all the statements that were delivered or co-sponsored by Franciscans International below.

This page will be updated throughout the session.



Item 3: Interactive Dialogue with the Independent Expert on human rights and international solidarity (24 June)

Many local communities have had their human rights adversely impacted by transnational extractive companies as well as local operations that are part of global value chains. Irrespective of the scale of the activities, we often see widespread human rights violations and failed promises for development. An international legally binding instrument on business and human rights could be both as a tool for prevention and accountability. In a joint statement, we called on all States to engage proactively and in good faith in the current process toward such an instrument.  

Full statement (English)

Item 3: Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants (24 June)

The participation and support of armed forces in immigration control is a widespread practice across the Americas. In addition, pushbacks and mass expulsions have increased and immigration detention is no longer an exception. Human rights defenders working with migrants are targeted for their work. In a joint statement, we urged States to put an end to the use of armed forces for immigration control, respect the principle of non-refoulement, and suspend any measure that could put the life of people on the move at risk.

● Full statement (Spanish and English)

Item 3: Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on human rights and climate change (23 June)

In a joint statement, we welcomed the first report of Mr Ian Fry to the Human Rights Council and expressed our high expectations for his mandate, as the latest reports and projections of the IPCC confirm the strong need to put human rights at the center of climate action. We also noted with interest the vision shared by the Special Rapporteur and were particularly encouraged to see climate-induced mobility and the role of business among his priorities for the first years of the mandate.

● Full statement (English)


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