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Beyond freedom of religion or belief: presentation at UN Minority Forum

Presentation of Ranjit Singh, ICAAD Advisor at the Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights Forum on Minority Issues: “Beyond freedom of religion or belief: guaranteeing the rights of religious minorities” (Translated from French) At the outset, I want to thank this Assembly for allowing me to […]

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Preservation of Identity a Major Issue for Minorities at UN Forum

Preservation of Identity a Major Issue for Minorities at UN Forum “Beyond freedom of religion or belief: Guaranteeing the rights of religious minorities” Highlights: Testimony Before the UN Forum on Minority Issues Upcoming Shadow Report on France Partnering with French Pro Bono Counsel Geneva, December 9, 2013 – ICAAD Advisor, […]

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Artist Advocates Explore Art & Discrimination

Artist advocates explore the intersection of art & discrimination illuminating injustice through the universal language ICAAD celebrates its first year with an art exhibition, live music, and silent art auction NEW YORK, December 19, 2012 – The art exhibition, “Exploring the Intersection of Art and Discrimination,” celebrated ICAAD’s first […]

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#RaiseYourShield

On May 17, 2019, ICAAD Advisor Erin Thomas’ publication: Compacts of Free Association in FSM, RMI, and Palau: Implications for the 2023-2024 Renewal Negotiations (hrbrief.org/2019/03/compacts-of-free-association-in-fsm-rmi-and-palau-implications-for-the-2023-2...) was cited by the President of Palau, Tommy Remengesau Jr., in an op-ed published in The Hill (thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/foreign-policy/444291-pacific-defense-pact-renewal-vital-to-the-u...). In her piece, Erin points to critical issues stakeholders have raised regarding human trafficking, adoption policies, and COFA migrant rights among other important human rights issues.

Some of the above-mentioned policy gaps span several of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), particularly 10 (reduced inequalities) and 17 (partnership for the goals). Holistically, the existing COFA agreements represent the type of inequity that SDG 10 seeks to address. SDG 17 promotes inclusive and participatory decision-making at the international, national, and local levels. Developing transparency on both sides will allow for a more equitable process and outcome for the renewal negotiations.

The issues within the existing agreements also involve SDG 16 (peace, justice, and strong institutions) and limited access to justice regarding redress for nuclear testing and environmental destruction. This impacts targets and indicators including SDG 13 (climate action) and SDG 3 (good health and well-being). Finally, SDG 10 and 8’s targets for responsible migration policies are important considering the limited provisions for COFA migrants in the U.S. and U.S. territories.
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