United Nations mandate on the situation of human rights defenders
Mary Lawlor is the current Special Rapporteur. She has been appointed in March 2020.
The Special Rapporteur
The United Nations mandate was created in 2000 to help implement the 1998 Declaration on human rights defenders.
Human rights defenders
Human rights defenders promote and protect rights recognized in the main international instruments such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
They play a vital role in the respect of economic, social, cultural, civil and political rights.
The missions and objectives of the Special Rapporteur
The Special Rapporteur exercises his mandate independently from States and from any other actor (civil society, enterprises, etc.). It follows the Code of Conduct for Special Procedures established by the Human Rights Council.
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Declaration on human rights defenders
« Everyone has the right, individually or in association with others, to promote the protection and realization of human rights and fundamental freedoms at the national and international levels. »
Titre court:Brazil: Killing and Arbitrary Arrest of HRDs
Titre court:Laos: disappearance of HRD Sombath Somphone since 2012
Titre court:Haiti (Joint Communication): Attacks and threats against HRD
Titre court:Brazil: Killing of land rights defender
Titre court:China: Continued crackdown on human rights defenders
Titre court:USA: Rights of indigenous leader must be respected