The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights has released a Practical Guide to the Human Rights Council for NGO participants at the HRC. The guide simplifies procedures for accreditation, and provides the method for attending HRC sessions including remotely through video conferencing, submitting written statements, making oral statements, and so on.
Musawah has released a compilation of resources related to women’s rights in Muslim family law. The compilation is intended for use by activists, human rights experts, and policy makers, to access resources from the academic and policy arenas.
Help Age had published a discussion paper on violence experienced by older women. The paper highlights the frequency with which older persons, especially older women, are subjected to violence, abuse, and neglect, and explores the extent to which violence resulting from the intersections between sex and old age are addressed in international, regional, and national legal frameworks. Finally, it calls for greater engagement of researchers, activists, and policy makers to prevent and address violence against older women.
ICRW and the World Bank have jointly released reports on the economic impacts of child marriage. Based on data collected from Nepal, Ethiopia, and Niger, and already existing data from three other countries, the reports explores the economic consequences of child marriage through health expenditures, educational attainment and labor force participation rates, among other parameters.
Plan International has launched a comprehensive database on girls’ rights in international law. The platform also hosts the full report launched by the organisation titled ‘Girls’ Rights are Human Rights,’ which is a study of the status of girls in international law, and claims to reveal the extent to which the international human rights framework renders them invisible. Other online tools available at the platform include training tools for girls’ rights advocates, as well as a database of more than 1,400 international policy documents.
The report, in continuation with the Trans Murder Monitoring (TMM) project, pertains to the TMM data, collected since 2008, and focuses on trans and gender-diverse sex workers, broadly highlighting current trends contributing to the marginalization and exclusion of trans and sex worker communities, such as the criminalization of migration and sex work, the use of punitive approaches to tackling poverty, homelessness, and drug use, increasingly precarious living and working conditions, and growing racial, gender, and economic disparities all over the world.
The HRW report titled ‘“Have You Considered Your Parents’ Happiness?”: Conversion Therapy Against LGBT People in China’ highlights the prevalent practices of public hospitals and private clinics offering “conversion therapy,” which aims to change an individual’s sexual orientation from homosexual or bisexual to heterosexual, based on the false assumption that homosexuality is a medical or mental disorder that needs to be remedied. The report documents multiple abusive aspects of conversion therapy, including coercion and threats, physical abduction, arbitrary confinement, forced medication and injection, and use of electroshocks. The report expresses concern about the lack of laws protecting individuals with non-confirming sexual orientation or with non-binary gender identities.
In its report titled ‘Adolescents in Bangladesh: A Situation Analysis of Programmatic Approaches to Sexual and Reproductive Health Education and Services,’ the Population Council presents a comprehensive review of the status of sexual and reproductive health of adolescents in Bangladesh. The report concludes that stigmatisation of sexual and reproductive issues has a significant impact on their overall health and well-being, as adolescents in Bangladesh often enter their reproductive years poorly informed about SRH issues, without adequate access to SRH-related information or services. The report recommends the adoption of multi-faceted and age-appropriate programmes to enhance access to information and services, and also calls for more comprehensive evidence collection on the effectiveness of community interventions.
In a first of its kind report, ‘Matters of Judgment’ maps understandings of the rarest of the rare doctrine among 60 former judges, to get insights into the manner in which judicial discretion is exercised. The study analyses the reasons for the retention and abolition of death penalty, and maps the juridical discourse on death penalty. The study concludes that the sentencing structure in India falls short of fair trial requirements that have been established in other retentionist jurisdictions. The study calls for further scrutiny of sentencing practices.
The brief summarizes findings from respective undertaken by the World Bank and Save the Children on the lack of legal protection against child marriage for girls. The analysis suggests that many countries not only fail to provide effective legal protection against marriage, but also that legal reforms are not sufficient to end the practice. The brief calls for additional interventions to prevent the same, such as expanding access to education and other opportunities.