Report on the situation of women human rights defenders

On Thursday 28 February 2019, Michel Forst, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, presented the Report on Women Human Rights Defenders to the Human Rights Council. The report reviewed the situation of women human rights defenders focusing in particular on the additional gendered risks and obstacles they face. Led by Alice Nah, the HRD Hub provided research support to Michel Forst on the preparation of this report.

Referring to the normative framework for the work of women human rights defenders, the report discussed the challenging environments in which women defenders operate and analysed the impact of patriarchy and heteronormativity, gender ideology, fundamentalisms, militarisation and globalisation and neoliberal policies on the rights of such defenders.

Addressed to all stakeholders, the report outlined eight priority areas for building diverse, inclusive and strong movements of women human rights defenders to ensure that women defenders are supported and strengthened to promote and protect human rights.

World Report on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders

In December 2018, the first World Survey on the situation of human rights defenders, since the landmark Global Survey conducted in 2006, was presented to the Human Rights Council. The World Survey was produced to mark the 20th anniversary of the Declaration of human rights defenders.

The World Survey identified three key trends and issues regarding the implementation of the Declaration on the Right and Responsibility of Individuals, Groups and Organs of Society to Promote and Protect Universally Recognised Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms. These were the evolution of the use of the term human rights defenders, the development of mechanisms and practices to support them and the relevance of legal and administrative frameworks for their protection.

Spearheaded by senior lecturer Martin Jones, the World Report was the product of a global team of more than 40 researches including CAHR staff members and current and former students. The team was brought together to produce the report at the request of Michel Forst in recognition of CAHR’s expertise in the emerging protection regime for human rights defenders at risk. The report was also made possible through the contributions and support of over 200 civil society organisations and HRDs.

Report on human rights defenders who advocate for the rights of people on the move

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