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Good morning, this is Kasmira and we’re waking up to more harrowing news from Ukraine, where the ICRC yesterday reported being unable to evacuate citizens from the besieged city of Mariupol. Looking ahead, a third round of talks between Ukraine and Russian officials will take place today, with Israel also seeking to place a role in mediating peace.

Closer to home, the Human Rights Council continues this week – we’ll be bringing you more news on that in the coming days. In the meantime, we’ve picked out some interesting HRC side events worth checking out below. And with FIFDH taking place at cinemas and venues across Geneva, we’ve reviewed a moving documentary on the forgotten children of IS fighters, and one man’s search to find them.

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Kasmira Jefford


On our radar

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📽️ The ‘Children of the Enemy’ that nobody wants to see. Despite repeated calls from international bodies and NGOs, many states still refuse to repatriate thousands of children trapped in camps in northern Syria. The documentary Children of the Enemy, to be screened as part of the International Human Rights Film Festival from 4 to 13 March in Geneva, tells the story of Patricio Galvez, a Swedish musician, who went in search of his seven grandchildren, orphaned in the Al-Hol camp.

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In case you missed it

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🗳️Human Rights Council approves commission of inquiry into rights violations in Ukraine. The resolution, co-sponsored by 68 member states, condemns Russia's invasion of Ukraine and calls on council members to urgently establish an independent international commission of inquiry, constituted by three human rights experts, to look into rights abuses on the ground in Ukraine.

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Number of the day

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♀️ The number of women in parliament barely budged last year. In its annual report on women in parliament, the Inter-Parliamentary Union said that the global average of female parliamentarians inched forward by only 0.6 percentage points to reach 26.1 per cent by the end of 2021. This was the same pace of progress as in 2020 and 2019. On the upside, five countries achieved gender parity or a greater share of women in the parliaments.

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Also on the agenda

📌 8 March | Gender Lens Initiative for Switzerland (GLIS) webinar. Hosted on International Women’s Day, this one-hour webinar will provide a comprehensive overview of how gender lens investing is being advanced in Switzerland through the GLIS initiative, launched a year ago.

Sustainable Finance Geneva (EN)

📌 8 March | Supporting women human rights defenders in conflict and post-conflict situations. Women human rights defenders are crucial agents and leaders of change. However, due to their gender, they face particular obstacles and security risks, which this Human Rights Council side event will explore.

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📌 9 March | Human rights and counter-terrorism: a conversation between Judge Kipfer and UN special rapporteur Fionnuala Ní Aoláin. They will address the human rights and humanitarian law implications of multilateral counter-terrorism measures, including sanctions, with a focus on the recent mandate renewal of the Ombudsperson to the ISIL and Al-Qaida Sanctions Committee.

Geneva Academy (EN)

For more events, visit the Genève Internationale website.

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