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OHCHR: civil society participation requested

arton3364.jpgThe Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has recently announced various consultations, reviews and surveys, which allow for civil society to provide input on a range of themes addressed by the Council as well as other human rights mechanisms.

These include:

Right to Development
The twelfth session of the Intergovernmental open-ended Working Group on the Right to Development is scheduled to take place from 14 to 18 November 2011. Civil society is invited to provide input to the Working Group (see Human Rights Council resolution 15/25) by commenting on a) right to development criteria and operational sub-criteria of the task force (see document A/HRC/15/WG.2/TF/Add.2); b) consolidation of findings of the task force (A/HRC/15/WG.2/TF/2/Add.1 and Corr.1); c) conclusions and recommendations of the task force, in particular with regard to the suggestions for further action on the criteria, thematic areas of international cooperation for consideration, and mainstreaming the right to development (contained in document A/HRC/15/WG.2/TF/2 and Corr.1); and d) the way forward to ensure the effective implementation of the right to development, taking into consideration the essential features of this right.

The submissions should be in WORD format, not exceeding ten pages, and preferably in English (owing to time limits for documents processing). Please send by24 June 2011to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For more information, clickhere.

Combating Defamation of Religions
Civil society is invited to provide input for a report of the UN Secretary-General to the General Assembly (see paragraph 28 of General Assembly resolution 65/224). In particular, civil society is requested to provide information on a) the implementation of the resolution, b) the correlation between defamation of religions and the intersection of religion and race; 3) trends in incitement, intolerance and hatred in many parts of the world; and 4) steps taken by States to combat this phenomenon. It also launched a call for applications in relation to OHCHR Minorities Fellowship Programme.

Contributions should not exceed five pages and should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by30 May 2011.

Right to Peace
In its resolution 14/3, the Human Rights Council requested to the Advisory Committee to prepare a report on the draft declaration on the right of peoples to peace. As part of its consultations, the drafting group of the Advisory Committee on the right of peoples to peace has prepared a questionnaire to facilitate consultations with Member States, civil society, academia and all relevant stakeholders on this research matter. Responses to the questionnaire should be sent to the Secretariat by2 May 2011. For more information, clickhere.

Right to Food
The Human Rights Council Advisory Committee on the Right to Food released its “Preliminary study on ways and means to further advance the rights of people working in rural areas.” Comments and views on the preliminary study should be sent to the Secretariat by9 May 2011. For more information, clickhere.

The Office also launched a call for applications in relation to OHCHR Minorities Fellowship Programme.

OHCHR Minorities Fellowship Programme
The OHCHR Minorities Fellowship Programme is calling for applications for:

(i) a Senior minorities fellow: Senior fellowship provides an opportunity for a member of a minority with to work with OHCHR from 2 October to 16 December 2011. The deadline to receive applications is:31 May 2011. Clickherefor application information.

(ii) Arabic language minorities fellows. The Arabic fellowship programme will take place from 14 November to 16 December 2011, giving five fellows the opportunity to learn more about the promotion and protection of minority rights, OHCHR, and the UN system as well give them an opportunity to attend the 4th session of the Forum on Minority Issues. Clickherefor application information.

For more civil society information, visit thewebsiteof OHCHR’s Civil Society Section or join theirmailing list.

The UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS) is an inter-agency programme of the United Nations mandated to develop constructive relations between the UN and civil society organizations.

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