Supporting human rights defenders: challenges and opportunities (WP1451)

Supporting human rights defenders: challenges and opportunities (WP1451)

Responding to the UK government’s human rights priorities, this dialogue explored approaches and action that the government could take to enable and protect Human Rights Defenders (HRDs) to address current global trends and challenges to civic space and HRDs.

Michel Forst, the UN Special Rapporteur (UNSR) completed regional consultations with HRDs across the globe in 2015 which confirmed the vital role they play in society. However, there is a growing threat to civic space and the right to promote and defend human rights through legal and administrative restrictions, and the targeting of individual HRDs, CSOs and social movements by state and non-state actors.

The policy agenda in late 2015 provided an opportune moment for reflection on how the UK government enables and protects HRDs, both within the frame of the FCO’s revised human rights priorities and DFID’s Civil Society Partnerships Review, and at the multilateral level, in light of the UNSR’s report and Norwegian-led resolution at the 70th UN General Assembly, the EU Council Conclusions on the 10th Anniversary of the EU Guidelines on HRDs, and relevant priorities in the new EU Strategic Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy 2015-2019.

Tue 1 - Wed 2 December, 2015

Canada House, London

Trafalgar Square
Tel: 0207 004 6000

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Human rights, good governance and faith

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Nandini Mackay: Project Manager

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