HRC36 Joint NGO statement on September 28

In support of the September 28 Global Day of Action for Access to Safe and Legal Abortion, Sexual Rights Initiative, Center for Reproductive Rights and Ipas have developed a joint statement on abortion rights for delivery at the upcoming 36th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. The session runs from Sept. 11-29, and the most suitable Council agenda item for the statement would appear to be the general debate on the implementation of the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action, scheduled for Monday, Sept. 25.

Being the first such joint statement at the Council, the focus is generally on human rights standards with regard to abortion. Future initiatives could go further, and develop different aspects of abortion rights. A couple of requirements that needed to be fulfilled include connecting the statement with the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action, and observing the 2-minute limit for the delivery of the statement.

They invite groups and organisations to sign on to the statement by Sept. 20:

– If you have consultative status with ECOSOC, please complete the attached form, email a signed copy to hrcngo@ohchr.org, cc or forward the email to neha@femjust.com, and we will add your name to the statement.

– If you do not have consultative status with ECOSOC, please click here to add your name.

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