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We are glad to inform you that after our pleasant experience with the Italian blog, the IIMA Human Rights Office has decided to open a new blog in English.

On this blog, you may follow our main activities with the United Nations and its mechanisms for the protection and promotion of human rights, as well as news from the UN bodies and IIMA offices in different countries related to the right to education.

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The 29th Session of the Human Rights Council Begins Next Week

IIMA and VIDES will be attending the 29th session of the Human Rights Council starting next week. It meets three times a year, in March, June, and September, and is an inter-governmental body within the United Nations system responsible for strengthening the promotion and protection of human rights around the globe and for addressing situations of human rights violations and make recommendations on them. It has the ability to discuss all thematic human rights issues and situations that require its attention throughout the year.The Council is made up of 47 United Nations Member States which are elected by the UN General Assembly.

This session, the Council will meet for three weeks, and will address several special topics such as panels on the Equal Enjoyment of the Right to Education by Every Girl, a Discussion on the Human Rights of Women, and another on the Effects of Terrorism on the Enjoyment by all Persons of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms. The Council will also discuss updates on the situations in Syria and Gaza, the results from the Working Group on the Rightto Peace, and the UPR outcomes for countries under review before the previous Council session.

IIMA and VIDES have requested the opportunity to present oral statements during the Panel on Realizing the Equal Enjoyment of the Right to Education by Every Girl, during the Item 6 UPR outcomes for Spain, and during the Item 8 General Debate on Youth Empowerment.

For more information about the Human Rights Council, click here.

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