Sep 13, 2017

HRC Side- Event: UN Participation Challenges

On the occasion of the 36th Regular Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC), the Tibet Justice Center, and Society for Threatened Peoples in cooperation with the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) will be organising a side-event entitled “UN Participation Challenges”

Wednesday, 13 September 2017, 12:00 to 13:00

Palais des Nations, Room XV, Geneva, Switzerland

Side-event to the 36th Session of the UNHRC


Diplomacy is rapidly transforming in the 21st century with an increasing range of diplomatic actors vying for space on the international stage. At the same time, conventional forums of negotiation such as UN bodies remain highly important, particularly for exerting multilateral pressure on states regarding human rights obligations.

Often the UN provides the only relatively safe political space to publicly voice concern and push for positive change. However, in recent years representatives of minorities, stateless nations and indigenous communities have reported difficulties in accessing UN premises, challenges in participating at UN forums, and cases of intimidation by member states as a result of their presence at UN events.

This side event brings together representatives from a range of communities not formally represented at the UN to discuss their experiences, alongside NGOs who seek to raise the international profile of such groups. Discussion will focus on positive steps that the UN and its member states have taken and might take to ensure that a range of voices and perspectives are heard at the UN, and on what resources are available to groups to inform and strengthen themselves.


Speakers include:

Dr Fiona McConnell, University of Oxford

Ms Iona Liddell, Tibet Justice Center

Ms Mona Silavi, Ahwaz Human Rights Organisation (AHRO)

Mr Dolkun Isa, World Uyghur Congress

Ms Juweria Ali, Ogaden People’s Rights Organisation (OPRO)


The conference programme will be available soon. For further information, please contact Tommaso Nodari (