On the sidelines of the High Level Segment of United Nations General Assembly INTLawyers participated in a meeting on the Major Groups (MG) process on 24 September 2015. INTLawyers supported establishing criteria for participation in the MG on NGOs and constituency-based MGs. INTLawyers also called for better mechanisms for widening the geographical participation of NGOs. INTLawyers also called for caution about developing a TOR for organizing MGs without a clear understanding of NGO MGs participants. INTLawyers continues to participate in HLS of the UNGA until the first week of October.
International-Lawyers.Org will participate in its first HRC after obtaining ECOSCO special consultative status. INTLawyers will be present at the 30th Regular Session of the Human Rights Council at the United Nations in Geneva where it will continue its advocacy for the protection of human rights and equitable development with Statements on arbitrary detention, climate change, and the right to development, among others.
Two members of INTLawyers attended the meeting of the General Assembly adopting the SDGs at United Nations headquarters in New York City from 21 to 30 September 2015. INTLawyers participated in a number of side-events on different SDG-topics and had bi-lateral meetings with senior government and UN officials.
International-Lawyers.Org hosted a side-event at the 30th Regular Session of the Human Rights Council on Arbitrary Detention and Conditions of Detention. The audience in Room XXVII of Palais des Nations in Geneva heard from Egyptian lawyer Dalia Lofty and Swiss advocate Pierre Bayenet about arbitrary detention and conditions of detention, respectively. The meeting, which was attended by diplomats representing UN Member States and civil society actors, was moderated by Ms. Ines Osman of Alkarama and introduced by Dr. Curtis FJ Doebbler of INTLawyers.
International-Lawyers.Org welcomed the report of the Intergovernmental Working Group on Peasants and also recommend that a pro-active means of soliciting input from civil society be established by the High Commissioner’s office in cooperation with the Working Group’s Chair-Rapporteur.
International-Lawyers.Org noted the Report of the Commission of Inquiry on Syria and urged the Council to condemn States that are providing weapons to non-State actors that are using force against the government and people of Syria. INTLawyers expressed the hope that the Council would unambiguously instruct the Commission of Inquiry to consider the responsibility of States that are providing weapons to non-State actors that are using force against the government and people of Syria and stated that such actors must be made to answer for their for serious violations of international law and the human rights of so many Syrians.
International-Lawyers.Org participated in the CSO Forum and Third Financing for Development Conference held in July 2015 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. At the CSO Forum, International-Lawyers.Org issued a call for strong action to ensure equitable development including the creation of an independent Global Tax Authority, the Need to Reform the Global Financial and Economic Institutions, the Need for Value-Oriented Approach to Global Finance, the Need to Address Tax Avoidance, and the Need to Reconcile ODA, SDG, and Climate Finance. Instead of heeding these calls which were echoed by numerous NGOs and CSO organizations, most States ignored them and the conference adopted a very weak outcome document.
International-Lawyers.Org welcome Bi-Annual Panel on Unilateral Coercive Measures and Human Rights. INTLawyers asked the Panel to comment on the individual responsibility of senior government actors for unilateral coercive measures noting that the United States government has recently argued that a former President is immune from legal process because the acts that he authorized and which were inconsistent with international law were part of his terms of employment.
International-Lawyers.Org welcomed the report of the Intergovernmental Working Group on the Right to Development and emphasized that well-settled international law that confirms the right to development. INTLawyers also urged the Working Group to intensify its work.
International-Lawyers.Org welcomed the report of the Special Rapporteur on the Right to Water and Sanitation on the affordability of water and sanitation service provision in the particular contexts in which people live and asked about what obligations States have for ensuring adequate access of safe water and sanitation to people they occupy or to people in other States? INTLawyers also welcomed the report of the Special Rapporteur on Hazardous Wastes, we welcome the report on the right to information in relation to hazardous wastes and asked ask the Independent Expert if he has any suggestions concerning the obligations of business in relation to toxic wastes that might be considered in the open-ended intergovernmental working group on transnational corporations and other business enterprises with respect to human rights, whose mandate is to elaborate an international legally binding instrument to regulate, in international human rights law, the activities of transnational corporations and other business enterprises?