Posts Tagged ‘HR-2020’

Family diversity in Geneva – A side event on families and religion at the UN Human Rights Council

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How can different types of families be better protected during and after the Covid-19 pandemic? Who decides what a family is, and (how) is religion being instrumentalised for this purpose? What obligations do UN member states have regarding family diversity? These are just some of the questions that civil society organizations discussed at a side event for the UN Human Rights Council.

Our goals are to make family diversity more visible and to highlight the experience and reality of rainbow families in different regional, cultural and religious contexts,” says Maria von Känel, co-founder and board member of International Family Equality Day (IFED), a global network for family diversity.

Throughout human history there have always been different models of family and community life,” adds Simon Petitjean from the Global Interfaith Network. “The UN system and its states have a responsibility to respect the human rights of all family members without distinction of any kind, and this is of particular importance in times of crisis when inequalities are heightened and reinforced.”

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Our woman in Geneva: Patience pays off, Silke Voß-Kyeck reports on the UN Human Rights Council

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As part of a project to raise the profile of international debates on human rights, Dr. Silke Voß-Kyeck discussed the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) in Geneva – its work and history as well as current focuses – in an informative online talk with Sarah Kohrt from the Hirschfeld-Eddy Foundation on July 28. Voß-Kyeck earned a doctorate in political science and worked at Amnesty International Deutschland for many years before becoming the HRC reporter for our umbrella organization Forum Menschenrechte* in 2019, or simply “our woman in Geneva”.

Civil society plays an important role

The HRC was established in its current form in 2006, and has 47 member states. It meets for a total of ten weeks a year, but can also convene for special sessions on pressing issues and developments. Germany is one of the current members, coinciding with its membership in the UN Security Council. Since 2006, members have been elected for a maximum of two consecutive three-year terms in order to prevent long-term entrenched structures. More than 5,000 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from around the world have consultative status at the HRC, which enables them to make brief presentations in the round assembly hall, submit statements, and organize side events in the complex of buildings that used to house the League of Nations in Geneva – events which right now may only be held online.

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Web-Talk: Religion first? The Trump administration´s backlash against international law

Hirschfeld-Eddy-Foundation cordially invites you to a Web-talk with Mark Bromley, Chair of the Council for Global Equality (CGE) about the Trump adminstration´s attempt to redefine Human Rights.

When: Tuesday, 15 September, 17–18 CEST
Who: Mark Bromley, JD, Chair of the Council for Global Equality
Moderator: Sarah Kohrt, Hirschfeld-Eddy-Foundation

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Pompeo’s clear interest is to undermine the growing consensus that universally accepted human rights can be claimed by all vulnerable minorities, including LGBTI people and women who wish to control their own bodies.” Julie Dorf, Council for Global Equality

Until recently, clear progress had been made in the movement towards women´s rights and the human rights of LGBTI people. In the UN and other multilateral institutions the United States had a global leadership role regarding the rights of LGBTI people. Along with other states, the US always voted in favor of these rights. But now the U.S. appears to have changed sides.

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Queer realities, safe spaces and decolonisation: Clementine E. Burnley and Tim B. Agaba

In the web-talk “African Writers in Migration: Clementine E. Burnley and Tim B. Agaba about Queerness, Space and Human Rights” on July 21st 2020, Tim B. Agaba and Clementine E. Burnley had a conversation about queer realities, self-censorship, safe spaces, racism, decolonisation, and how class hierarchies impact access to human rights.

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Tim B. Agaba and Clementine E. Burnley are both emerging writers. They met in a fairly random way. On the first day of Ms. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Purple Hibiscus Trust (PHT) Creative Writing workshop (which has followed on from Farafina Workshop) they sat next to each other while Ms. Adichie battled through Lagos traffic.

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Diverse Familien in Genf – ein Side Event zu Familie und Religion beim UN-Menschenrechtsrat

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Wie können diverse Familien während und nach der Covid-19 Pandemie besser geschützt werden? Wer bestimmt was eine Familie ist und (wie) wird Religion dafür instrumentalisiert?  Welche Verpflichtungen haben UN-Mitgliedsstaaten diversen Familien gegenüber? Dies sind nur einige Fragen, die zivilgesellschaftliche Organisationen bei einem Side-Event des UN-Menschenrechtsrats diskutierten.

Unser Ziel ist es, die Vielfalt von Familien sichtbarer zu machen und Erfahrungen und Realitäten von Regenbogenfamilien in unterschiedlichen regionalen, kulturellen und religiösen Kontexten darzustellen“, betont Maria von Känel, Gründerin und Vorstandsangehörige des globalen Netzwerks für Familiendiversität IFED, International Family Equality Day.

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Unsere Frau in Genf: „Langer Atem zahlt sich aus“ Dr. Silke Voß-Kyeck informierte über die Arbeit im UN-Menschenrechtsrat

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Im Rahmen des Projektes „Internationale Menschenrechtsdebatten nach Deutschland vermitteln“ informierte am 28. Juli Dr. Silke Voß-Kyeck in einem informativen Web-Talk mit Sarah Kohrt, Hirschfeld-Eddy-Stiftung über die Arbeit, Geschichte und aktuelle Debatten des UN-Menschenrechtsrates (HRC) in Genf. Sie ist promovierte Politologin und arbeitete viele Jahre bei Amnesty International Deutschland, bevor sie 2019 für unseren Dachverband Forum Menschenrechte HRC-Berichterstatterin oder einfach „unsere Frau in Genf“ wurde.

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Zivilgesellschaft mischt mit

Der HCR zählt 47 Mitgliedstaaten und wurde in seiner heutigen Form 2006 gegründet. Er tagt zehn Wochen im Jahr, kann aber auch Sondersitzungen zu aktuellen Themen und Ereignissen einberufen. Auch Deutschland ist zurzeit Mitglied, zeitgleich zur Mitgliedschaft im UN-Sicherheitsrat. Mitglieder werden seit 2006 für drei Jahre gewählt und können einmal wiedergewählt werden, um eine dauerhafte Mitgliedschaft auszuschließen. Über 5.000 Nichtregierungsorganisationen aus aller Welt haben Beraterstatus beim HRC und mithin die Möglichkeit, im runden Plenarsaal kurze Redebeiträge anzumelden, Stellungnahmen einzureichen oder auch im Gebäudekomplex des ehemaligen Völkerbunds in Genf Side Events zu organisieren, die Corona bedingt zurzeit nur online stattfinden können.

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Einladung: Der UN-Menschenrechtsrat und die Zivilgesellschaft. Eine Einführung mit Dr. Silke Voß-Kyeck, UN-Expertin

Wann: Dienstag, 28. Juli 2020, 17:00 – 17:45 Uhr
Wer: Dr. Silke Voß-Kyeck,
UN-Expertin und Berichterstatterin für das Forum Menschenrechte (FMR)
Moderation: Sarah Kohrt,
LGBTI-Plattform Menschenrechte der Hirschfeld-Eddy-Stiftung

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Hiermit laden wir herzlich ein zum Web-Talk mit Dr. Silke Voß-Kyeck, die eine Einführung in die Arbeit, Geschichte und aktuelle Debatten des UN-Menschenrechtsrats in Genf geben wird. Daneben diskutieren wir Partizipationsmöglichkeiten der Zivilgesellschaft und die Rolle des UN-Menschenrechtsrats für  globale Antidiskriminierungskämpfe.

Was macht der UN-Menschenrechtsrat und wer hat darin wieviel Einfluss? Wie bringt sich die Zivilgesellschaft ein und durch wen ist sie vertreten? Warum ist er umstritten? Wie wurde bei der Sommersitzung 2020 zur rassistischen Polizeigewalt in den USA Stellung bezogen? 

Die Veranstaltung ist offen für alle Interessierten. Der Zugangslink wird am selben Tag per E‑Mail an alle Angemeldeten verschickt.

Wir bitten um Anmeldung per E‑Mail bis 28. Juli, 10 Uhr mit Namen und ggf. Organisation bei klaus.jetz [at] hirschfeld-eddy-stiftung.de

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Web-Talk: African Writers in Migration: Clementine E. Burnley and Tim B. Agaba about Queerness, Space and Human Rights

When: Tuesday, July 21, 8–9 PM CEST

Who: Clementine E. Burnley (Germany/UK), writer and public speaker
Tim B. Agaba (Uganda), writer and human rights lawyer

Please register by July 20 with name, e‑mail and organization:
klaus.jetz [at] hirschfeld-eddy-stiftung.de

This Web-event will take place in English.

Hirschfeld-Eddy-Foundation and InterKontinental cordially invite you to a Web-Talk about Queerness, Space and Human Rights with Clementine Burnley and Tim B. Agaba.

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In a sense a writer is always on the move, between contexts, between perspectives and historical moments. Sometimes the writers movement takes them through different geographies and sometimes the writer stays in the same place, while the characters the writer creates travel in the writers’ place. During the online event Clementine E. Burnley and Tim B. Agaba will consider their own writing lives.

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Important in theory and good for practice

International Human Rights Debates from an LGBTI Perspective

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Black lives matter! — demonstrations are taking place in countless cities on multiple continents. People are taking to the streets in memory of George Floyd and others to call for an end to racist violence. In Germany the terrorist attack in Hanau has shocked and unsettled precisely those who are affected by racism. Many fear becoming the object of violence themselves.

Racism is a violation of human rights. It includes the fostering of fear, or any action that has the purpose or effect of nullifying or impairing the recognition, enjoyment or exercise of human rights, according to the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD) adopted in 1969.

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Religion first? Trump seeks to redefine human rights

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If an international ministerial is convened to discuss a single human right, that must be a very special human right indeed. All the more so if the ministerial is hosted by the US government, which otherwise keeps its distance from such gatherings. In 2018 the US withdrew from the UN Human Rights Council, and has recently stopped funding the World Health Organization (and is even obstructing the work of the World Trade Organization). However, Washington has now held two international “Ministerials to Advance Religious Freedom”, in 2019 and 2018. Germany was represented by a delegation that included a state secretary from the CSU-led Ministry for Economic Development and Cooperation (BMZ).

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The Hirschfeld-Eddy Foundation has therefore sent a letter to the BMZ, warning it against privileging freedom of religion above all other human rights. We also reminded the BMZ that freedom of religion includes the right not to have any religion, and that LGBTI people are regularly prevented from practicing their religions, for example when they are unwelcome at churches.

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