Members of the QUNO New York staff attended a memorial service at the Riverside Church on 11 December to honour the life of Nelson Mandela. While we are deeply saddened by his death, we are reminded that the work towards a more just and peaceful world is as important now as ever. With deep inequalities that persist in our own neighbourhoods, and the continued use of violent means to solve global issues, we must look within to see how in our own lives and work we can actively contribute to a more peaceful and just world.
QUNO has raised the issue of the rights of the families of persons deprived of their liberty and of children of parents sentenced to death at the 27th Session of the UN Human Rights Council. These issues have been raised by QUNO in the General Debate and in the Panel on the Human Rights of Persons Deprived of their Liberty. This Panel was the first time the Council has dedicated time to considering the full range of human rights violations experienced by people in detention and made reference to the impact on their families including their children.
Laurel Townhead, Representative for Human Rights and Refugees, delivered three oral statements, on the topics of women in prisons, older prisoners and children of parents sentenced to death or executed. Video of the three statements are available below:
Statement on women in prison given at the Panel on Persons Deprived of their Liberty
(statement begins at 01:24:00)
Statement on children of parents sentenced to death at the General Debate
(statement begins at 00:07:00)
Statement given at the Interactive Dialogue with Independent Expert on Older Persons.
(statement begins at 01:48:11)