"As societies build walls of separation between communities,
ICAAD works to remove each brick to illuminate our common humanity"

Tony Blair Faith Foundation Presentation on the Universal Periodic Review (UPR)

Face to Faith hosted ICAAD’s Director of Legal Programs, Hansdeep Singh, on Human Rights Day (12/10/12) in a question and answer session with students.

The discussion covered topics such as: nuclear disarmament, manifesting one’s religious identity, discrimination in the context of hate crimes, women’s rights (specifically violence against women), lack of State accountability mechanisms in the UN, and what impact does the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) 64 years ago have on today’s global human rights issues.

Face to Faith, a project of the Tony Blair Faith Foundation, brings students of different religions and cultures together using digital technology to connect schools in 19 countries.

ICAAD has designed its model and mission to identify and combat discrimination using an innovative interdisciplinary approach that empowers NGOs and the vulnerable populations they serve, through advocacy, education, and litigation.

#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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