Friday, July 10, 2015

Amnesty International Madison Group #139 Weekly Update - July 10, 2015

Greetings Everyone!

       Since 1964 Amnesty has had special consultative status at the UN, which has allowed Amnesty International to shape crucial developments in human rights. • The adoption of key UN Conventions. Such as against Torture and Disappearances and, curbing the arms trade.
• Optional Protocols to human rights treaties for the abolition of the death penalty and to keep children out of armed forces.
• The establishment of national mechanisms to prevent torture and to allow people to make complaints against their governments for violations of their rights.
• The creation of a High Commissioner for Human Rights the Human Rights Council and its Universal Periodic Review.
• The establishment of Special Procedure mandates on issues such as human rights defenders, the elimination of discrimination against women, counter-terrorism and human rights and business and human rights.
• The adoption of resolutions such as the almost unanimous halt to the death penalty and the protection of civilians in crisis situations.
• The adoption of the UN Declarations on Enforced Disappearance, on Human Rights Defenders and on Human Rights Education and Training.
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     -Debbie, Weekly Update Editor

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