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CAHR staff attend UN World Summit for HRDs in Paris

Posted on 31 October 2018

A three-day World Summit for Human Rights Defenders was held in Paris in October.

CAHR staff attending the 2018 UN World Summit for HRDs together with UN Special Rapporteur on HRDs, Michel Forst (second from left), and Indian WHRD Bondita Acharya, former CAHR visiting fellow (third from right).

Human rights defenders from across all corners of the world gathered in Paris on the 29-31 October for the Human Rights Defenders World Summit, to develop a plan of action for how to protect and promote the work of activists fighting for rights, 20 years on from the first UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders.

There were three days of discussions and strategy development spanning regional and global issues, environmental rights and women human rights defenders, and the increasing attacks on human rights defenders everywhere.

Four members of CAHR staff together with art curator Emilie Flower attended the summit and brought along several pieces of the artwork produced for the research project 'Navigating Risk and Managing Security'. The works were seen by hundreds of summit attendees and much praise was received for the art on display.