This statement is made on behalf of 265 non-governmental organisations. It cannot be made on behalf of all non-governmental organisations because we have no authority to do so.


During the 60 years of the Commission on Human Rights, non-governmental organisations have played, in the words of the General Assembly, “an important role at the national, regional and international levels, in the promotion and protection of human rights”. Unfortunately the arrangement made for their participation in the final session of the Commission through a single statement does not allow this important role to be reflected. Non-governmental organisations are very diverse, reflecting the variety and multiplicity of human experiences. They have brought to the Commission the voices of the voiceless and of victims of violations throughout the world. That diversity and those voices cannot be encapsulated in a single statement. With disappointment and a sense of loss, we note that they are missing from the final session of the Commission.


We have decided therefore not to make a single non-governmental statement to assess the work of the Commission. We cannot accept that this is an appropriate way to proceed now or in the future and we urge States to acknowledge this.


We look forward positively to the establishment of the Human Rights Council. We remind all States of the terms of the recent General Assembly resolution which committed the future Human Rights Council to “ensuring the most effective contribution” of non-governmental organisations to its work “based on arrangements … and practices observed by the Commission”.


Mr Chairman


We decided to end this statement by inviting all here today to join us in standing and observing a moment of silence for those who have suffered human rights violations during the life of this Commission, to mark with dignity its closing. I have now been informed that you yourself wish to lead the Commission in a minute's silence for victims before you close the Commission's work. Although I have not had an opportunity to consult other signatories to this statement, I defer to your wish, Mr Chairman, to lead us all in this dignified ending to the Commission.




Signed by,


Action Canada for Population and Development, Canada

Adalah, the Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, Israel

Adivasi Unnayan Kendra (Centre for Indigenous Peoples Development), Bangladesh

Agir Ensemble pour les Droits de l’Homme, France


Al Haq, Palestine

All Nepal Peasants' Association, Nepal

Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI), Indonesia

Alliance Rights Nigeria, Nigeria

Amnesty International, United Kingdom

Anglican Consultative Council, Switzerland

Anti-Racism Information Service, Switzerland

Arab Commission for Human Rights, France

ARC International, Switzerland/Canada

Asian Legal Resource Centre, China

Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD), Thailand

Asia Partnership for Human Development (APHD), Thailand

Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), Thailand

Asociación Pro Derechos Humanos de España, Spain

Association for Prevention of Torture, Switzerland

Association for World Education, Switzerland

Association of Humanitarian Lawyers, Switzerland

Association of World Citizens, Switzerland

Australian Council for International Development, Australia

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights, Australia

Bahá’ì International Community, Switzerland

Banader Community Council, Somali, Germany

Bureau of International Solidarity (BIS) of Marist Brothers, Italy

Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, Canada

Canadian Voice of Women for Peace, Canada

Casa Alianza, Honduras

Center for Women's Global Leadership, USA

Centre de conseils et d'appui pour les jeunes en matière de droits de l'Homme, Switzerland

Centre for Conflict Studies, Nepal

Centre for Human Rights and Development (CHRD), Mongolia

Centre for Organisation Research & Education, India

Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions (COHRE), Switzerland

Centre québécois de formation pour les jeunes en matière de droit humain, Canada

Centro de Derechos Humanos "Miguel Agustín Pro Juárez", Mexico

Centro de Derechos Humanos Agustin Pro-Juarez, Mexico

Centro de Derechos Humanos Fray Bartoloméde Las Casas, Brazil

Centro de Estudios Legales y Sociales (CELS), Argentina

Centro para la Defensa del Consumidor, El Salvador

Christian Life Community of the Philippines, Philippines

CLAT-Nederland Solidarity with trade unions in Latin-America, Netherlands

Collectif Inter - Associatif pour la Réalisation des Activités Scientifiques et Techniques Jeunes au Cameroun, Cameroon

Colombian Commission of Jurists, Colombia

Combined Legal Services Group, Australia

Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative, India

Comunidad Homosexual Argentina (CHA), Argentina

Conectas Direitos Humanos, Brazil

Conference of Non-Government Organisations, Switzerland

Consejo Indio de Sud America (Indian Council of South America), Peru

Consultative Council of Jewish Organisations, United Kingdom

Coordinadora Nacional de Derechos Humanos, Peru

Corporación Humanas - Centro Regional de Derechos Humanos y Justicia de Género,Chile

CRD (The Network of Chinese Human Rights Defenders), China

Creating Resources for Empowerment in Action, India

CRIN, Child Rights Information Network, United Kingdom

Dana and Qadisiyah Local Community Cooperative, Jordan

Defence of Children International, Palestine Section, Jerusalem

Derechos Humanos del Centro de Asesoria Laboral del Perú, Peru

Dominicans for Justice and Peace, Switzerland

Earth Peoples - Indigenous Peoples Information sharing circle, USA

Earthjustice, Switzerland

ECPAT International, Thailand

Egale Canada, Canada

Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, Egypt

EIP- Association mondiale pour l'école instrument de paix, Switzerland

El Centro de Derechos Humanos Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas de Chiapas, Mexico

El Colectivo de Abogados "Jose Alvear Restrepo" de Colombia, Colombia

European Pride Organisers Association (EPOA), Germany

Europe-Third World Center (CETIM), Switzerland

FEDEFAM, Argentina

Federation Internationale des Ligues des Droits de l’Homme, France

Federation of American Women's Clubs Overseas Inc. (FAWCO), Netherlands

Federation of Associations of Former International Civil Servants, Switzerland

Femmes Africa Solidarité, Senegal

Fisheries Union of Bengkulu, Indonesia

Fondation Daniel Mitterrand, France

Foodfirst Information and Action Network (FIAN), Germany

Foro Ciudadano de Participación por la Justicia y los Derechos Humanos, Argentina

Forum for Indigenous Perspectives and Action, India

Forum Human Rights, Germany

Foundation for Aboriginal and Islander Research Action, Australia

Foundation Solidarity in Partnership for One World in Diversity, Germany

Franciscans International, Switzerland

Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, Germany

Georgian Association of Women in Business, Georgia

Global Alternate Information Applications, India

Global Network for the Prevention of Torture, Bangladesh

Global Rights, USA

Global Welfare Association (GLOWA), Cameroon

Greek Helsinki Monitor, Greece

Haut Commissariat d'Intervention Générale, Cameroon

Homosexuelle Initiative (HOSI), Austria

Human Development and Peace Campaign, Nepal

Human Rights Advocates, USA

Human Rights Center "Citizens against Corruption", Kyrgyzstan

KAREK, Kyrgyzstan

Law and People, Kyrgyzstan

Human Rights Center of Azerbaijan, Azerbaijan

Human Rights Council of Australia, Australia

Human Rights Monitoring Institute, Lithuania

Human Rights Watch, USA

Human Rights Without Frontiers, Nepal

Humanity for Orphans, Youth and Widows Initiatives, Kenya

ILGA Europe, Europe/Belgium

IMPARSIAL, the Indonesian Human Rights Monitor, Indonesia

Indonesia Legal Aid and Human Rights Association, Indonesia

Indonesian Legal Aid Society Association, Indonesia

Indonesia's NGO Coalition for International Human Rights Advocacy, Indonesia

Information Monitor (INFORM), Sri Lanka

Institute for Planetary Synthesis, Switzerland

Inter-American Center for Human Rights, United States

Inter-American Center for Human Rights, USA

International Alliance of Women, Austria

International Alliance of Women, Switzerland

International Association for Religious Freedom, United Kingdom

International Association for the Defense of Religious Liberty, Switzerland

International Association Initiatives of Change, Switzerland

International Association of Charities, Belgium

International Association of Democratic Lawyers, France

International Association of Schools of Social Work, Ethiopia

International Association of the Universities of the Third Age, France

International Campaign for Tibet Europe, Netherlands

International Commission of Jurists – Danish section, Denmark

International Commission of Jurists, Switzerland

International Council of Women, Switzerland

International Educational Development, Switzerland

International Federation for the Protection of the Rights of Ethnic, Religious, Linguistic and Other Minorities (IFPRERLOM), USA

International Federation of Action by Christians for the Abolition of Torture, France

International Federation of Business and Professional Women, Thailand

International Federation of Social Workers, Switzerland

International Federation of University Women, Switzerland

International Federation of Women Lawyers, Finland

International Fellowship of Reconciliation, Netherlands

International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights, Austria

International Humanist and Ethical Union, United Kingdom

International Initiative for Visibility of Queer Muslims, Bosnia and Herzegovina

International Institute for Non-Aligned Studies, Switzerland

International League for the Rights and Liberation of Peoples, Switzerland

International Lesbian and Gay Association, Belgium

International Movement Against All Forms of Discrimination and Racism (IMADR), Japan

International NGO Forum On Indonesian Development, Indonesia

International Organization for the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, Switzerland

International Presentation Association of the Sisters of the Presentation, USA

International Progress Organization, Austria

International Protection Center, Russia

International Rehabilitation Council for Torture (IRCT), Denmark

International Save the Children Alliance, Switzerland

International Service for Human Rights, Switzerland

International Volunteerism Organization for Women Education and Development (VIDES), Italy

International Women’s Rights Action Watch (IWRAW) Asia Pacific, Malaysia

International Working Group on Sexuality and Social Policy, Brazil

International Youth and Student Movement for the United Nations, Switzerland

Inter-religious International Federation for World Peace, Switzerland

Iqra Foundation, India

Japan Fellowship of Reconciliation, Japan

Justiça Global, Brazil

Kingsford Legal Centre, Australia

Korean Sexual-Minority Culture and Rights Center, Republic of Korea  

La Coordinadora Nacional de Derechos Humanos, Peru

La Junta Directiva Regional del Foro de Mujeres del Mercosur, Paraguay

L'Association Mondiale pour l'Ecole Instrument de Paix, Switzerland

Law Association of Zambia, Zambia

Law, Human Rights and Justice (HAK) Association, Timor Leste

Legal Advisory Office for Popular Organisations (GAJOP), Brazil

Legal Aid Office of Bengkulu, Indonesia

Legal Aid Society of Uzbekistan, Uzbekistan

Lesbian and Gay Federation in Germany (LSVD), Germany

Liberty Victoria (Victorian Council for Civil Liberties), Australia

Ligue internationale contre le racisme et l’antisemitisme, France

Lutheran World Federation, Switzerland

Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, USA

Maryknoll Sisters of St. Dominic, Inc, USA

Medical Women's International Association (MWIA), Germany

Mercy International Association, USA

MINBYUN-Lawyers for a Democratic Society, Republic of Korea

Minority Rights Group, Greece

Mouvement contre le racisme et pour l’amitie entre le peuples (MRAP), France

Mouvement Lao pour les Droits de l'Homme, France

Movimiento Nacional por los Derechos Humanos de Guatemala, Guatemala

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services Secretariat, Australia

National Association of Community Legal Centres, Australia

National Women's Lobby & Rights Group, Malawi

Nederlands Juristen Comité voor de Mensenrechten, Netherlands

Nepal Bar Association, Human Rights Committee, Nepal

Nepal International Consumers Union, Nepal

NSW Aboriginal Lands Council, Australia

Nord-Sud XXI, Switzerland

Odhikar, Bangladesh

Order of Discalced Carmelites, Italy

Organisation for Non-patriarchal Inter-faith Dialogue Logos, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Organisation Mondiale Contre La Torture, Switzerland

Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR), Palestine

Pan Pacific and South East Asia Women’s Association International, Switzerland

Pax Christi International, Belgium

Pax Romana, Switzerland

People Who, USA

People’s Movement for Human Rights Learning, USA

Philippine Coalition for the International Criminal Court, Philippines

Physicians for Human Rights, USA

Planetary Association for Clean Energy (PACE), Canada

Prison Fellowship International, Switzerland

ProGay Philippines, the Philippines

Pusat Komas Community Communication Centre, Malaysia

Rede Nacional Feminista de Saúde, Direitos Sexuais e Direitos Reprodutivos, Brazil

Reporters Without Borders/Reporters sans frontières International, Switzerland

Resources Aimed at the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, South Africa

Rights Australia, Australia

Romanian Independent Society of Human Rights, Romania

Rural Initiatives in Sustainability and Empowerment, Pakistan

Russian Research Center for Human Rights, Russia

Safe Water for Africa Community Initiative, Nigeria

Save Bombay Committee and Prakruti, India

School Sisters of Notre Dame, Italy

Sekretariat Anak Merdeka Indonesia (SAMIN), Indonesia

Shen Yang Ai Zhi Yuan Zhu Center for Health and Education, China

Shimin Gaikou Centre (Citizens' Diplomatic Centre for the Rights of Indigenous Peoples), Japan

Siberian Human Rights Network "Rights Society", Russia

Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, USA

Socialist International Women, United Kingdom

Society for Human Assistance and Development, Pakistan

Society for Threatened Peoples International, Luxemburg

Soka Gakkai International, Japan

Soroptimist International, United Kingdom

Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM), Malaysia

Sudan National Committee on Traditional Practices, Sudan

Susila Dharma International, United Kingdom

SVG-Human Rights Association, St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Think Centre, Singapore

Tibetan Women's Association of Ontario, Canada

Transnational Radical Party, USA

UN Watch, USA

Unescocat - Unesco Centre of Catalonia, Spain

Union Farmers of Bengkulu, Indonesia

Union Internationale des Avocats, Belgium

Universal Esperanto Association, Netherlands

Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization, the Netherlands

Women for Contemporary Society Association, Moldova

Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, Switzerland

Women’s International Zionist Organization, Israel

Women’s UN Report Network, USA

Women’s World Summit Foundation, Switzerland

Women's Federation for World Peace International, Switzerland

Women's Federation for World Peace International, USA

Women's International League for Peace and Freedom - Australian Section, Australia

World Blind Union, Spain

World Council of Churches, Switzerland

World Federation of Methodist and Uniting Church Women, USA

World Federation of Occupational Therapists, Austria

World Federation of the DeafBlind, Denmark

World Federation of United Nations Associations, Switzerland

World Forum of Civil Society Networks (UBUNTU), Spain

World Movement of Mothers, France

World Student Christian Federation. Switzerland

World Union of Catholic Women's Organisations, France

World Union of Progressive Judaism, Switzerland

World Vision International, Switzerland

World Young Women’s Christian Association, Switzerland

Worldwide Organization for Women, USA

Yayasan Tanpa Batas, Indonesia

Zi Teng, Hong Kong SAR, China

Zonta International, USA



The statement was endorsed by the following NGOs who were not able to sign on before the deadline.


3HO Foundation, USA

Afro-Asian Peoples' Solidarity Organization

Alliance for Peace and Democracy, Ethiopia

American Psychological Association, USA

Arab Lawyers Union

Asamblea Permanente por los Derechos Humanos (APDH), Argentina

Association National pour les Jeunne Itutien, Democratic Peoples Republic of the Congo

Australian Catholic and Migrant Refugee Office, Australia


CEDHA, Argentina

Comité Permanente por la Defensa de los Derechos Humanos, Ecuador

Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace, USA

Disabled Peoples' International, Canada

El Closet de Sor Juana

Eyecatcher/Shevolution, United Kingdom

Fundacion Arcoiris por la diversidad sexual

General Board of Church and Society of the United Methodist Church, USA

Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights, Poland

International Bureau for Children's Rights, Canada

International Convention on Human Rights, USA

International Lesbian and Gay Law Association, USA

International Movement for Peace and Sustainable Development, Nigeria

International Women's Tribune Centre, USA

Korea Women’s Associations United, Republic of Korea

Krisoker Saar (Farmers' Voice), Bangladesh

Land Center for Human Rights, Egypt

Libre Acceso A.C., Mexico

Mouvement contre le racisme et pour l'amitié entre les peuples (MRAP)

National Economic and Social Rights Initiative, USA

Oficina Juridica para la Mujer


Solar Cookers International, USA

Taiwan NGOs Association for International Affairs, Taiwan

Tuddok to Linubbaran ni Ayon Umpan-Enangcob, Philippines

Unescocat-Centre UNESCO de Catalunya, Spain

Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office, USA

Widows Rights International, United Kingdom

World Muslim Congress, Switzerland