"The Report opens with John Borton's, An Overview of Humanitarian Accountability in 2008, highlighting the principle developments and accountability trends across the humanitarian sector throughout the year. The chapter provides an insightful review of the events and challenges in 2008 while drawing some overall conclusions on progress being made in the area of accountability. It concludes with a sense of optimism that the humanitarian system is moving in the right direction, towards HAP's vision of a humanitarian system championing the rights and the dignity of disaster survivors."
The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is a United Nations convention which entered into force in May 2008. The Convention defines the concept of "disability," and contains a non-exhaustive list of rights, including the right to accessibility, the right to liberty and security of person, the right to independent living, the right to personal mobility, and the right to participation in cultural life, recreation, leisure and sport.
Strengthening human rights-related United Nations action at country level: National human rights promotion and protection systems: Plan of Action
In 2003, then UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan published a report “Strengthening of the United Nations: an agenda for further change" (A/57/387). The Report called for the strengthening of national human right promotion and protection systems through enhanced inter-agency coordination and support to UN country teams in providing such assistance to interested Member States. The United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, in cooperation with the United Nations Development Group (UNDG) and the Executive Committee for Humanitarian Assistance, prepared a Plan of Action detailing the manner in which UN agencies would cooperate with in-country staff to integrate the human rights and development agendas. The Plan of Action evidences that UN human rights and development officials have adopted a holistic view of human security that includes both the “duty to protect” and the “duty to fulfill.” To access a copy of this document, please click here.
A coordinated U.S. NGO response to the U.S. 2007 Combined Periodic Reports to the Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination
In response to the periodic report submitted by the United States to the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD), the U.S. Human Rights Network submitted this "shadow" report. The purpose of the report is to "correct" the "oversights" that the U.S. government has made in its report, and to "highlight for the treaty committees the true status of human rights in the U.S." The shadow report will be taken into consideration by the CERD when evaluating the official U.S. report. To access a copy of this report, please click here.
As a party to the International Convention on the Elimination of all Forms Racial Discrimination, the United States is required to submit reports to the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) detailing the government's compliance with the provisions of the Convention. This report, submitted in April of 2007, constitutes the fourth, fifth and sixth periodic reports of the United States. It makes special mention of the efforts that the U.S. has taken to guard against acts of racial discrimination directed towards members of Arabic or Islamic ethnic groups in the wake of the September 11th attacks. To access a copy of this report, please click here.
The U.S. Human Rights Network (USHRN) seeks to “promote accountability to universal human rights standards.” It specifically aims to empower social movements and grassroots organizations. Through its activities, the Network challenges the belief that the United States is an inherently superior country with nothing to gain from the application of human rights within its borders. USHRN members “believe that the U.S. government should no longer be allowed to shield itself from accountability to human rights norms.” USHRN promotes its ideas through a variety of means, including submitting “shadow” reports to international human rights treaty bodies with the goal of “fill[ing] in the gaps” of the official government reports.
Published by the United Nations Development Programme, the "Human Development Report 1994" addresses the concept of human security by redefining security as being primarily concerned with people and development, rather than with territories and arms. The Report proposes a new "paradigm of sustainable human development" in order to adequately deal with the challenges that accompany this redefinition of security. To access a copy of this report, please click here.
The Right to the City: Reclaiming our Urban Centers, Reframing Human Rights, and Redefining Citizenship
The Tides Foundation, a California-based provider of philanthropic services, published this "Right to the City" report. The report addresses the need to "expand human rights in the United States and a desire to revitalize [its] cities." It outlines a framework of actions needed in order to ensure access to basic human rights in all U.S. cities. To access a copy of this report, please click here.
A Human Security Doctrine for Europe: The Barcelona Report of the Study Group on Europe's Security Capabilities
"A Human Security Doctrine for Europe" outlines the implementation of the European Security Strategy (ESS), which was agreed to by the European Council in December 2003. Focusing on regional conflicts and failed states, the report suggests a "Human Security Doctrine" for Europe which would include seven "principles for operations in situations of severe insecurity," a "Human Security Response Force," and a legal framework that would specify guidelines for the intervention and subsequent operations in conflict areas. To access a copy of this report, please click here.
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