We provided research support to the UN Special Rapporteur (UNSR) on the situation of human rights defenders for both thematic and country reports.
We provided research for reports to the UN’s Human Rights Council on good protection practices (February 2016) and the protection of those who defend the rights of people on the move (forthcoming); to the UN General Assembly on environmental human rights defenders (August 2016); and for country visits to Hungary (February 2016) and Mexico (January 2017).
The UN declaration
In 1998, after more than a decade of negotiation and advocacy, the UN General Assembly adopted the landmark Declaration on Human Rights Defenders. The rights protected under the Declaration include:
- the right to be protected
- the right to freedom of assembly, and of association
- the right to develop and discuss new human rights ideas and to advocate for their acceptance
- the right to criticise government bodies and agencies and to make proposals to improve their functioning
- the right to provide legal assistance or other advice and assistance in defence of human rights
- the right to unhindered access to and communication with non-governmental and intergovernmental organisations, and international bodies
- the right to access resources for the purpose of protecting human rights, including the receipt of funds from abroad