The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights produces a report on conscientious objection to military service every four years. The report will highlight positive developments and continuing challenges for COs around the world. The more NGOs that provide input detailing progress and continuing violations the stronger the report will be. We have made a submission to be included in the report.
It will be presented to the UN Human Rights Council in June when States and NGOs will have the chance to comment. In September 2017 the Human Rights Council will consider adopting a resolution on the right of conscientious objection to military service. A strong report is a good foundation for this resolution which in turn should be a tool for advocacy at the national and international level and for bilateral pressure for change from one State to another.