JOINT STATEMENT: STATES AND THE UN MUST TAKE ACTION TO STRENGTHEN AND DEFEND THE SPECIAL PROCEDURES
10 DECEMBER 2020
On 10 December 2020, Manushya Foundation, the Association for Women's Rights in Development (AWID), 245 international organisations and 83 individuals released a joint statement for Human Rights Day calling for States and the UN to take action to strengthen and defend the Special Procedures.
In the statement, the organisations emphasize the crucial role that the UN Special Procedures play in upholding and strengthening human rights standards and norms within the UN human rights system. However, at this critical time, they are being attacked by state and non-state actors who aim to delegitimize the right to bodily autonomy and sexual and reproductive health, undermine the universality of rights and dismantle and defund international human rights systems and its ability to demand State accountability for human rights violations.