Submissions to UNESCO’s Committee on Conventions and Recommendations
The CHR continued to make regular use of the confidential process for submitting substantial briefs based on international human rights law on cases to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Submissions signed by the CHR and Network members in support of 11 colleagues in Bahrain, China, Iran, Russia, and Syria are currently being examined by UNESCO’s Committee on Conventions and Recommendations, which is composed of 30 member states. The process permits UNESCO to look for humanitarian solutions to the cases and, because the process is repeated every six months, it allows for a continuing indirect dialogue between the CHR and high-level officials of countries in which colleagues are suffering human rights abuses. Of the 82 cases submitted to UNESCO by the CHR and the Network over the past 24 years, 68 have been resolved successfully, including three cases in Iran and one in Bahrain during the past year.