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United Nations (Geneva)

At the UN in Geneva, the IHEU delegation engages with the UN Human Rights Council, Universal Periodic Review and Committee work. We deliver oral and written statements, make submissions to UN consultations, engage at meetings, as well as network with states, experts and other civil society organisations.
The IHEU’s director of advocacy is vice chair of the UN NGO Committee on Freedom of Religion or Belief in Geneva.

United Nations (New York)

At the UN in New York, the IHEU monitors and engages with the work of the General Assembly, Third Committee, ECOSOC committee, Commission on Population and Development and Commission for Social Development. We also take an active part in the NGO Committees on Freedom of Religion or Belief, Human Rights, and on the Rights of the Child.

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

The IHEU engages primarily with two of UNESCO’s programme areas: communication and information, where it focuses on UNESCO’s project for the promotion of independent media and freedom of the press; and education. It does this by attending meetings in Paris, making statements and submissions and working with its conferences of internationals NGOs.

Council of Europe

The IHEU engages with the Work of the Council of Europe (a 47-nation international organisation tasked with monitoring and upholding human rights, democracy and the rule of law) primarily via two channels; lobbying the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, which is the parliamentary arm of the Council; and through membership and participation with the Conference of International NGOs.

We attend PACE and INGO committee meetings, follow and draft amendments for reports and resolutions, and meet individual parliamentary delegates. We also work particularly closely with a small group of progressive NGOs, focussing on Freedom of Religion or Belief (FoRB) issues, sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and LGBTI equality.

African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights

The IHEU has engaged with the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR), a quasi-judicial body tasked with promoting and protecting human rights and collective (peoples’) rights throughout the African continent as well as interpreting the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights and considering individual complaints of violations of the Charter. by attending its Ordinary sessions in Banjul, communicating with its Special Rapporteurs, monitoring the implementation of its members duties under the African charter and working with the NGO forum on the ACHPR.

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