HRC39: Report of the Secretary-General on Cooperation with the United Nations

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Cooperation with the United Nations, its representatives and mechanisms in the field of human rights  – Report of the Secretary-General

This report was presented at the 39th Session of the Human Rights Council, and submitted pursuant to resolution 12/2. In the report, the Secretary-General highlights recent developments within the United Nations system and beyond to address intimidation and reprisals against those seeking to cooperate or having cooperated with the United Nations, its representatives and mechanisms in the field of human rights.

The report recognizes that the United Nations must strengthen the collection of information on acts of intimidation and reprisal, including do more to ensure that incidents experienced by women human rights defenders and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex persons are documented, disaggregated and properly analysed.

It also encourages all stakeholders to report allegations of intimidation and reprisals for cooperating with the UN on human rights as they occur, to ensure follow-up and action.

The report includes allegations of reprisals and intimidation documented in a total of 38 countries.   Some of the States are current members of the Human Rights Council. Some have featured in the annual report on reprisals nearly every year since it was instituted in 2010

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