Summary of Our Interventions Concerning Human Rights Defenders

March 20 - April 28, 2000
Palais des Nations, Geneva

In all regions of the world, human rights defenders are often confronted with a complex variety of brutal and subtle forms of repression. For many years, the Commission has heard how human rights defenders and their organizations have been subjected to severe human rights violations and have not been allowed to operate freely. The work of human rights organizations is often obstructed by limitations imposed on the right to freedom of association and their members have been arbitrary detained on trumped-up charges, they have disappeared and they have been assassinated, tortured, threatened with death and submitted to abusive legal prosecution.

For all the above mentioned reasons, we appealed the Commission to create a strong and effective mandate for a Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders to:

Summary links for the Commission 2000: Colombia, Iraqi, Philippines, Pakistan, Mexico, women, migrant workers, human rights defenders
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UN Commission on Human Rights: Fifty-sixth session
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UN Commission on Human Rights: Fifty-sixth session