Margaret Sekaggya was the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders from 2008 to 2014.
During her mandate, she tried to raise awareness about the challenges and difficulties faces by defenders due to their activities and especially about vulnerable groups such as the women human rights defenders.
Her engagement leads to the adoption of a resolution dedicated to the protection of women human rights defenders by the United Nations General Assembly in March 2013.
She is a Ugandan lawyer and academic in the field of human rights. She was the Chairperson of the Uganda Human Rights Commission from its establishment in 1996 until 2008.
She also held other positions in human rights structures such as the United Nations High Level Task Force on the rights to development, the Commonwealth Forum for national human rights institutions and the International Service for Human rights (ISHR).
Between 2000 and 2008, Hina Jilani was the United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary General on the situation of human rights defenders.
Hina Jilani was the first to hold this position. She built the basis of the mandate by presenting 36 reports on the situation of human rights defenders. In 2006, she developed a report resuming the situation of human rights defenders in every country.
She also was appointed to the United Nations Fact Finding Commission on Darfur and to the United Nations Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza conflict.
In 1992, she was appointed Advocate of the Supreme Court in Pakistan.
As lawyer, she was the founder of the Pakistan’s first all-women law office. She also set up the first free legal aid centre in Pakistan where she specialized in human rights.
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