EUROMIL Engages with the UN
As NGO in consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), EUROMIL participated, as observer, in the 35th session of the Human Rights Council in June 2017.
Composed of 47 Member States elected for three years, the Human Rights Council is the main United Nations intergovernmental body responsible for human rights. Meeting in Geneva, the Council works to globally reinforce the protection and promotion of human rights and address human rights violations.
Among others, the Human Rights Council considers the work of its Special Procedures, namely independent human rights experts with mandate to report or advice on human rights from a thematic or country-specific perspective. This includes the Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association.
Annalisa Ciampi, the new mandate-holder, participated in the Human Rights Council as UN Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association for the first time in June 2017. On this occasion, EUROMIL participated in the meeting and used the opportunity to submit a written statement to the Human Rights Council to uphold the right of military personnel to freedom of association. On 29 June 2017, EUROMIL President will hold a bilateral meeting with the Special Rapporteur to discuss this issue further.
In the framework of the 35th session of the Human Rights Council, EUROMIL also assisted to the launch of FoAA Online!, a great tool created by the former UN Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, Maina Kiai, to provide arguments to those involved in freedom of assembly and freedom of association cases.
EUROMIL looks forward to engaging further with the different human rights monitoring mechanisms in the United Nations system to support “Citizens in Uniforms” worldwide.