Statements during the 45th session of the Human Rights Council

The Council conducted its September session in a hybrid form, with participants engaging both virtually and in-person. We worked closely with Franciscans and other grassroots partners to ensure that urgent human rights issues are raised, even when representatives are unable to travel to Geneva themselves.

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The time is now! Recognize the right to a safe, clean, health, and sustainable environment

Franciscans International joins over 850 organizations in a global call to the Human Rights Council

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Watch our webinars on COVID-19, poverty, the right to water, and the Agenda 2030

Together with partners, Franciscans International hosted two virtual side events during the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development and the 44th Session of the Human Rights Council.

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44th Session of the Human Rights Council

Despite the current travel restrictions, we continue to work with our Franciscan and other local partners to raise human rights issues directly at the United Nations. An overview of all our statements during this session of the Human Rights Council, delivered either in-person or by video, can be found here.

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Call to action: Realizing the rights of the child through a healthy environment

This week, two children human rights defenders addressed the UN Human Rights Council on protecting their rights and the environment. Franciscans International joins a call to action by civil society at this critical moment.

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The Philippines: four years into a human rights crisis

Franciscans International today renewed its call on the Human Rights Council to establish a Commission of Inquiry on the Philippines, after the High Commissioner for Human Rights presented a report which confirmed that serious violations have been committed during the country’s ongoing ‘war on drugs’.

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Joint statements by civil society on the COVID-19 pandemic

Although a number of UN sessions have been postponed or cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we continue to engage relevant human rights mechanisms including through statements issued in collaboration with other civil society organizations. An overview of these joint statement can be found below. This page will be updated to include new statements as they become available.

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COVID-19: Extreme poverty and environmental justice

In our second statement on the COVID-19 pandemic we focus on poverty and environmental justice as two key issues that illustrate the need for global governance, international cooperation and solidarity, concerted and coherent action, and a systemic change.

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Human Rights Council gathers for virtual meeting on COVID-19

Civil society raises human rights concerns during informal virtual conversation with the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

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Statement on the human rights impact of the COVID-19 pandemic

As we, the entire staff of Franciscans International, are confined but healthy in our respective homes in Switzerland, the USA, and France, we are made more aware every day of our privileged situation, despite the unusual and uneasy circumstances in which confinement is putting us.

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