LETTER DATED 26 MAY 2011 FROM THE PERMANENT MISSION OF THE REPUBLIC OF BELARUS TO THE UNITED NATIONS OFFICE AND OTHER INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS IN GENEVA ADDRESSED TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL
Geneva Group of Friends (GGF) is an informal, voluntary and open-ended association of
like-minded Member States created to assist to the relevant international organizations and
their bodies located in Geneva to effectively implement within their respective mandates
the United Nations Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons (A/RES/64/293)
and, in a more general sense, to reinforce and consolidate their counter-trafficking activities.
NOTE VERBALE DATED 20 JANUARY 2020 FROM THE PERMANENT MISSION OF AZERBAIJAN TO THE UNITED NATIONS OFFICE AT GENEVA ADDRESSED TO THE OFFICE OF THE UNITED NATIONS HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS
Since the late 1980s, with the disintegration of the
USSR, Armenia has pursued an open aggressive policy against Azerbaijan and
consequently, the Nagorno-Karabakh and seven adjacent regions of Azerbaijan were
occupied. (...) In justification of their territorial
claims against Azerbaijan, back in 1988 radical-minded Armenian forces initiated a
provocation in the city of Sumgait, the main initiator and organizer of which, according to
the materials of the USSR Prosecutor General’s Office, was an ethnic Armenian Eduard
Grigoryan, and he was sentenced to 12 years in prison.
NOTE VERBALE DATED 16 MARCH 2021 FROM THE PERMANENT MISSION OF TURKEY TO THE UNITED NATIONS OFFICE AT GENEVA ADDRESSED TO THE OFFICE OF THE UNITED NATIONS HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS
Cognizant of the fact that this straitjacket is not leading us to the desired outcome, the UN
Secretaries-General have long been encouraging the two sides to be open-minded and
creative in their search for a settlement in Cyprus. (...) Unlike our efforts to preserve and
promote religious freedom, there are only 8 mosques that are open for prayer in South Cyprus,
some of which lack basic facilities, as opposed to the 78 churches open for individual or
collective worship in North Cyprus.
LETTER DATED 19 JUNE 2020 FROM THE PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION TO THE UNITED NATIONS ADDRESSED TO THE SECRETARY-GENERAL
Against the backdrop of demands of some Western countries and like-minded
States for the resignation of the legitimately elected president of Syria, Bashar al-Assad,
there has been a constant flow of bogus stories about alleged incidents involving
chemical weapons or toxic substances in the territories controlled by anti-government
forces. (...) Notable among this entities are the following: Chemical
Violations Documentation Center of Syria (CVDCS); Human Rights Watch; Open
Society Justice Initiative; Peace SOS; Syria Civil Defence (SCD); Syria Justice and
Accountability Centre; Syrian Archive; Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR);
Syrian NGO Alliance.
(...) Furthermore, there is no mention of the open availability of videos in the Internet (one
of the sources of information recognized by the FFM and the former Joint Investigative
Mechanism) showing fighters pointing out unearthed unexploded “chemical” M4000
bombs equipped with conventional explosives.
REPORT OF THE SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR ON THE PROMOTION AND PROTECTION OF THE RIGHT TO FREEDOM OF OPINION AND EXPRESSION ON HIS MISSION TO JAPAN : NOTE / BY THE SECRETARIAT
posture, a draft proposal of amendments from 2012 aims to revise article 21 so that
“engaging in activities with the purpose of damaging the public interest or public
order, or associating with others for such purposes, shall not be recognized.”
broadly worded provision would open the door to limitations on expression that
could be inconsistent with article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and
Political Rights. (...) In particular, the Special Rapporteur found widespread concern
about the independence of the media, especially its role as a public watchdog
committed to investigative journalism; the manipulation of media outlets through an
opaque and clique-plagued system of press clubs and incentives to practice “access
journalism”; and a consolidation of secrecy laws and penalties for violations that
may deter tough-minded journalism in areas such as nuclear safety and national
security. (...) The
Special Rapporteur received reports of foreign journalists who abandoned
potentially tough-minded investigative stories to avoid being excluded from kisha
REPORT OF THE SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR ON THE PROMOTION AND PROTECTION OF THE RIGHT TO FREEDOM OF OPINION AND EXPRESSION : ADDENDUM
Special Rapporteur recommends that regulations be developed that will help to ensure that
government spending on advertising is allocated in a transparent, equitable manner so that
it cannot be used by any given department or official to favour like-minded journalists or to
punish those who are critical of the Government. (...) The Internet should be freely available to the whole of the population as a medium
of communication that serves as an open forum for dialogue and interaction with the entire
REPORT OF THE SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR ON FREEDOM OF RELIGION OR BELIEF, HEINER BIELEFELDT : ADDENDUM
Besides the closed meetings
reserved for formal members, some meetings are open for broader participation by non-
members as well. (...) Although reportedly the Mosque is still
open for prayers, the community has been legally dissolved and a new imam is to be
appointed by the SAMK.
(...) Without such a
definition, the provision can open the floodgates for punitive measures
REPORT OF THE SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR ON FREEDOM OF RELIGION AND BELIEF ON HIS MISSION TO DENMARK : NOTE / BY THE SECRETARIAT
According to Grundtvig, the State should respectfully serve the Church and keep it
open for a broad participation of the people, which mainly takes place at the parish level.
“info house”, to which anyone should have easy access, embodies the open-door policy
adopted by the municipality in general.
REPORT OF THE WORKING GROUP ON THE ISSUE OF DISCRIMINATION AGAINST WOMEN IN LAW AND IN PRACTICE ON ITS MISSION TO SAMOA :NOTE / BY THE SECRETARIAT
The Working Group considers that this is a good practice that should be adopted nationwide
given its potential to open the way for the progressive evolution of the country’s customs and
traditions. (...) As women’s voices are actively and creatively
articulated through art, support for women artists and artisans would not only give more space
for women’s diverse cultural expressions, but also open new avenues for women’s economic
24. (...) The effectiveness
and sustainability of this and other like-minded initiatives, including through international
cooperation, must be secured.
REPORT OF THE SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR ON VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN, ITS CAUSES AND CONSEQUENCES, YAKIN ERTÜRK :ADDENDUM
While curtailing the power of the
traditional entities, it also failed to open democratic space for new and progressive voices to
8. (...) Human rights in general became a point of divergence between the regime and the
international community, on the one hand, and the more liberal-minded Iranians on the other.
The new rulers of the Islamic Republic of Iran adhered to a cultural relativist position and
distanced themselves from universal human rights standards as Western in nature. (...) Since
her case remains open she fears she will be subjected to constant harassment.