International Coalition Calls for Public Support to End Increasing Persecution of LGBT People in Indonesia
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The undersigned organisations and individuals (35 in total) support the following statement:
We appeal to the people of Indonesia and our friends and supporters around the world to help protect the rights and health of all …

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Resource: Rights at Risk – New report from Observatory on the Universality of Rights (OURs)
June 23, 2017 – 12:31 pm | No Comment

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The trend is unmistakable and deeply alarming:

  • In international human rights spaces, religious fundamentalists are now operating with increased impact, frequency, coordination, resources, and support.
  • Anti-rights actors are chipping away at the very content and structure of our human rights concepts, institutions, and protections, with disastrous consequences for human rights and gender justice. Their aim is to erode the very basis on which we can claim our rights.

This report is the first of a series on human rights trends produced by the Observatory on the Universality of Rights (OURs) initiative, a collaborative and multi-organizational project that aims to monitor, analyze, and share information on anti-rights initiatives.

The report analyzes key trends and developments mapped over 2015 to late 2016 in order to inform and support our collective advocacy.


A sneak peek in the report

Introduction

Anti-rights mobilization at the international level constitutes a response to the significant feminist and progressive organizing and impact therein over the past three decades. It also represents ultra-conservative actors’ new commitment to multilateral processes as a space of influence. Today we are witnessing a set of interlocking factors that paint an unsettling picture of our human rights system under attack: increased coordination of religious fundamentalists across regional, institutional, and religious lines in human rights spaces, and the strategic and proactive undermining and co-optation of our human rights framework.

Key opposition actors 

Imperatives for the future include…[t]o take energetic action within the NGO process to blunt or prevent new assaults on family integrity; to identify, protect, and help advance existing “friends of the family” within the U.N. Secretariat; to “place” such friends in positions of current or potential influence within the U.N. Secretariat; and to build an international movement of “religiously grounded family morality systems” that can influence and eventually shape social policy at the United Nations.

Allan Carlson, founder of the World Congress of Families

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Key opposition discourses

Actors using arguments based on anti-rights interpretations of religion, culture, tradition, and rhetoric linked to State sovereignty have made significant strides in implementing and institutionalizing their regressive agenda at the UN in recent years. As any participant or witness of policy negotiations will note, the ‘battle for rights’ is fought in large part on the level of language and rhetoric. Many conservative actors have creatively and effectively regrouped in this area, with increased success towards achieving their goal of undermining rights related to gender and sexuality.

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Key opposition strategies and tactics

Influence and impact are not won by rhetoric alone. Anti-rights actors are making inroads into our human rights standards not only because of their increased numbers and networks, or their imaginative and sustained re-conceptions of what human rights norms should and do mean. The success of any movement is also integrally driven by its organizing tactics.

Like their shifts and feints in discursive strategy, the religious right active in international human rights policy spaces has not remained static in their organizing. This landscape reflects several overarching trends: learning from their opposition, namely feminists and other progressives and their strategies at United Nations conferences in the 1990s; mirroring successful tactics developed in partnership with powerful elites from the domestic level to the international; and moving from a paradigm of symbolic protest to ‘insiders’, with the attendant changes in opportunity mapping and approach.

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Key impacts on the international human rights system

Anti-rights actors’ discourses and strategies have had a substantive impact on our human rights framework and the progressive interpretation of human rights standards, and especially rights related to gender and sexuality.

Over 2015 and 2016, we have witnessed the watering down of existing agreements and commitments; deadlock and conservatism in negotiations; sustained undermining of UN agencies, treaty monitoring bodies, and special procedures; and success in pushing through regressive language in international human rights documents.

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International Coalition Calls for Public Support to End Increasing Persecution of LGBT People in Indonesia
June 7, 2017 – 2:20 pm | Comments Off on International Coalition Calls for Public Support to End Increasing Persecution of LGBT People in Indonesia
International Coalition Calls for Public Support to End Increasing Persecution of LGBT People in Indonesia

The undersigned organisations and individuals (35 in total) support the following statement:
We appeal to the people of Indonesia and our friends and supporters around the world to help protect the rights and health of all …

التسجيل للورشة الاقليمية حول جنسانية الفرد والأسرة
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التسجيل للورشة الاقليمية حول جنسانية الفرد والأسرة

التسجيل للورشة الاقليمية حول جنسانية الفرد والأسرة
يسرنا في منتدى الجنسانية أن نعلن عن فتح باب التسجيل للورشة التدريبية حول جنسانية الفرد والأسرة، والتي نسعى من خلالها إلى خلق “مجموعة عمل” مهنية تتبادل فيما بينها الخبرات …

Resource: FDI Legal Analysis of Transgender Persons Protection Bill 2017
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Resource: FDI Legal Analysis of Transgender Persons Protection Bill 2017

Forum for Dignity Initiatives-FDI is a research and advocacy forum working for the human rights of most marginalized groups both gender and sexual minorities in Pakistan. FDI is closely working at policy level evidence based …

Sariyani | Kapal Perempuan | (video)
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Sariyani | Kapal Perempuan | (video)

As part of ODOS 2016, Kapal Perempuan developed a video campaign, documenting the re-thinking on gender & sexual norms, and the deepening appreciation of human rights, as experienced by graduates of their Sekolah Perempuan (Women’s …

Reclaiming the Universality of Rights @ CSW61 (video)
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Reclaiming the Universality of Rights @ CSW61 (video)

CSBR joined co-working group members of the Observatory on the Universality of Rights for a CSW61 event on “Reclaiming the Universality of Rights: Gender, Economic Justice and Anti-Rights Threats”.

About: Rising (mis)use of religion, culture, tradition, …

No Borders on Gender Justice
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Letter to the Members of the UN Commission on the Status of Women
United Nations Economic and Social Council
The Commission on the Status of Women
6 March 2017
Dear Members of the UN Commission on the Status of …

Creeping Criminalisation: Mapping of Indonesia’s National Laws And Regional Regulations That Violate Human Rights of Women and LGBTIQ People
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Creeping Criminalisation: Mapping of Indonesia’s National Laws And Regional Regulations That Violate Human Rights of Women and LGBTIQ People

“Creeping Criminalisation” is a timely new resource from OutRight International, co-written by CSBR Member Nursyahbani Katjasungkana.  The report maps national laws & regional regulations that violate the human rights of women and LGBTIQ people across …

Apply for the 9th CSBR Sexuality Institute! Deadline 12 March 2017
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Apply for the 9th CSBR Sexuality Institute! Deadline 12 March 2017

Applications Open!
Deadline for submissions:
12 March 2017

 
The Coalition for Sexual and Bodily Rights in Muslim Societies (CSBR) is pleased to announce our Call for Applications for the 9th CSBR Sexuality Institute, to be held from 30 June – 7 …

Resource: Musawah Knowledge Building Briefs
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Resource: Musawah Knowledge Building Briefs

Musawah has released two Knowledge Building Briefs that provide advocates with an accessible understanding of key concepts and ideas related to the Muslim legal tradition and family laws.

Issue One clears up confusion between Shari’ah, Fiqh …

Feminism & Women’s Rights In Turkey: An Interview With Denise Nanni
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Feminism & Women’s Rights In Turkey: An Interview With Denise Nanni

 

File: Pro-Palestinian Turks rally against Israel’s ground operation in Gaza Strip, outside the residence of Israeli ambassador in Ankara, Turkey, Sunday, July 20, 2014.

In 2014, Denise Nanni wrote a thesis at the Faculty of Political …

8 Years Running: Celebrating the One Day One Struggle Campaign
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8 Years Running: Celebrating the One Day One Struggle Campaign

9 November 2016 marks the 8th year of the One Day One Struggle campaign, organized by the Coalition for Sexual and Bodily Rights in Muslim Societies (CSBR).
Each year, One Day One Struggle engages hundreds of …

ODOS 2016: Nazra for Feminist Studies hosts “My Own Body” – a discussion on Bodily Integrity & Autonomy
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ODOS 2016: Nazra for Feminist Studies hosts “My Own Body” – a discussion on Bodily Integrity & Autonomy

For One Day One Struggle 2016, Nazra for Feminist Studies is hosting “My Own Body”, a public discussion to raise the question of women’s bodily autonomy and integrity through a feminist analytical lens. The event …

ODOS 2016: Towards a Gender Equality Act in Malaysia – Women’s Aid Organisation
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ODOS 2016: Towards a Gender Equality Act in Malaysia – Women’s Aid Organisation

For One Day One Struggle 2016, Women’s Aid Organisation (WAO) is raising awareness to end discrimination against women in the work force, with a particular focus on ‘pregnancy discrimination’. The mobilization is part of a …

ODOS 2016: Towards Ending Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender (LGBT) Discrimination in the Philippines
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ODOS 2016: Towards Ending Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender (LGBT) Discrimination in the Philippines

For One Day One Struggle 2016, PILIPINA Legal Resources Centre (PLRC) is taking forward advocacy for policy reform that ensures non-discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in the Philippines. This marks the 3rd …

ODOS 2016 – Muntada’s Photovoice Portraits: Strength, Multiplicity and Resilience
November 8, 2016 – 2:42 pm | Comments Off on ODOS 2016 – Muntada’s Photovoice Portraits: Strength, Multiplicity and Resilience
ODOS 2016 – Muntada’s Photovoice Portraits: Strength, Multiplicity and Resilience

As part of One Day One Struggle 2016, MUNTADA is celebrating its 10th Anniversary with an evening of discussions and photography exhibits from their pioneering work using the participatory action research method of photovoice to …

ODOS 2016: EIPR submits open letter to WHO urging change of the Arabic definition of female circumcision/FGC/ FGM on its website to correspond with English and French definitions
November 8, 2016 – 1:45 pm | Comments Off on ODOS 2016: EIPR submits open letter to WHO urging change of the Arabic definition of female circumcision/FGC/ FGM on its website to correspond with English and French definitions
ODOS 2016: EIPR submits open letter to WHO urging change of the Arabic definition of female circumcision/FGC/ FGM on its website to correspond with English and French definitions

To mark the One Day, One Struggle campaign, the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights submitted an open letter to the World Health Organization’s high-level Working Group for the Health and Human Rights of Women, Children …

Un Jour Un Combat, Contre Le harcèlement sexuel en Tunisie!
November 7, 2016 – 6:42 pm | Comments Off on Un Jour Un Combat, Contre Le harcèlement sexuel en Tunisie!
Un Jour Un Combat, Contre Le harcèlement sexuel en Tunisie!

For One Day One Struggle 2016, l’Association Tunisienne des Femmes Democrates (ATFD), Chouf, Mawjoudin, Waafi, and Shams, are continuing the campaign  to raise visibility and awareness on street sexual harassment.

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This year the campaign expanded …

ODOS 2016: VISION holds Street Theatre Performances on Sexual and Bodily Rights of Hijras in Pakistan
November 7, 2016 – 5:27 pm | Comments Off on ODOS 2016: VISION holds Street Theatre Performances on Sexual and Bodily Rights of Hijras in Pakistan
ODOS 2016: VISION holds Street Theatre Performances on Sexual and Bodily Rights of Hijras in Pakistan

For One Day One Struggle 2016, VISION will be hosting a street theatre performance on the sexual and bodily rights of hijras in Pakistan.
Previously held in 5 different areas, these performances were the culmination of …