This week in focus:
Member States to Determine UN General Assembly Agenda for the 74th Session
On Monday, 16 September, Member States will convene and decide whether or not several agenda items of the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly will carry over to the draft agenda of the 74th session, including the Debate on the RtoP. Formally titled, “the responsibility to protect and the prevention of genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity,” the ICRtoP is hopeful for an uncontested rollover, however, states may call for a vote in order to prevent its inclusion.
During the Formal Debate in June, states showed a willingness to continue the dialogue on the RtoP, particularly given the Secretary-General’s report contextualizing lessons learned and offering concrete activities and decisions that could be taken at the national level to mitigate the risks of and prevent atrocity crimes. We’ve summarized the debate in our infographic.
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What to Watch:
Burundi: Tanzania: Maintain Protection Space for Burundian Refugees (Amnesty)
Following the Commission of Inquiry (COI) report on Burundi’s report last week, several CSOs urged actors at all levels to take the human rights situation into consideration in decision-making processes. Several CSOs called on the Human Rights Council to extend the COI’s mandate ahead of the 2020 elections, and Amnesty International urged the governments of Tanzania and Burundi to ensure that all refugee repatriations were safe and voluntary, owing to their own work on the continued violence and rights repression.
South Sudan: South Sudan parties agree to form interim govt by Nov 12 (Reuters)
Exiled opposition leader, Dr. Riek Machar, returned to South Sudan this week to participate in peace discussions with President Salva Kiir. As the next step in most recent peace agreement, the leaders met and announced that a transitional government would be formed by mid-November.
But Also Don’t Miss:
Bangladesh: Clampdown on Rohingya Refugees
Rights organizations are calling on Bangladesh to restore cell service to refugee camps, investigate the deaths of several civilians and Rohingya politician, as well as end restrictions on their freedom of movement.
Burkina Faso: Burkina Faso threatened with famine caused by terrorism
The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs reports over half a million have been displaced, lack healthcare, and are food insecure due to increased terrorist threats.
Nicaragua: Nicaragua ‘crisis’ still cause for concern amid murder, torture allegations
High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet reminded the Human Rights Council that rights repression remains a concern, urging all parties to engage in peaceful dialogue to resolve the crisis.
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