Human Rights Council

1st Meeting - 16th Session of the Forum on Minority…

1st Meeting - 16th Session of the Forum on Minority Issues

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16th session of the UN Forum on Minority Issues - "Minorities and Cohesive Societies: Equality, Social Inclusion, and Socio-economic Participation"
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10:00 am – 10:30 am  - Opening Meeting
  • Statement by the President of the Human Rights Council, H.E. Václav Bálek
  • Statement by the Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, Ms. Ilze Brands Kehris (pre-recorded video)
  • Statement by the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities, Mr. Kairat Abdrakhmanov (pre-recorded video)
  • Statement by the Special Rapporteur on Minority Issues, Mr. Nicolas Levrat
  • Statements by the Co-Chairs of the Forum, Ms. Elena Lazar and Ms. Petra Roter
10:30 am – 11:00 am - Item 1: Challenges to inclusion and equality: barriers to the social and economic participation of persons belonging to minority groups
  • Under this item, the Forum will address the systemic and structural challenges and discrimination that minority groups may face, including the unique obstacles for women and girls belonging to minority groups, look at factors placing them at a disadvantage, such as language or other requirements or lack of educational opportunities or resources in regions where minority groups are concentrated, and explore policies and practices that result in or exacerbate minority exclusion or place them at a disadvantage.
  • Mr. Farkhat Ibragimov - OHCHR Minority Fellowship Alumnus, Member of the Public Uyghur Association ITTIPAK of the Kyrgyz Republic
  • Mr. Mehmet Polatel - Coordinator, Minority Rights Academia, Hrant Dink Foundation
  • Ms. Laxme Das - Advocacy Officer, International Dalit Solidarity Network
11:00 am – 1:00 pm
  • Interactive dialogue
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