Recently, Russia managed to remove two recommendations from the list of recommendations at the end of the report and to get them added only as footnote. This is jeopardizing the process and could create a precedent where States under Review would negotiate to erase recommendations from the official list. The statement calls on the Human Rights Council President to issue a statement which would clarify the format of the WG report. We would like to open the statement to more NGOs. We welcome signatures until Wednesday 5 June, 6pm.

Joint Statement by NGOs on the Mandate and Work of the Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief

As we approach the 25th anniversary of the Declaration on the Elimination of All Forms of Intolerance and Discrimination Based on Religion or Belief, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 25 November 1981, and the 20th anniversary of the creation of the mandate on religious intolerance/freedom of religion or belief, it is urgent to pay close attention to the conclusions and recommendations in the latest report of the Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, Ms Asma Jahangir (E/CN.4/2006/5); this could not be considered sufficiently at the truncated 62nd session of the Commission on Human Rights. It is to be hoped that the new Human Rights Council will quickly resolve structural and procedural matters and give its early attention to substantive issues such as are raised in the reports of special procedures.