The summary analysis and recommendations draw on submissions by partners and on responses received from EU Heads of Mission in 79 countries to a questionnaire and in particular examples of good practices given therein.

They build on the useful lessons learned from the Freedom of Expression campaign in the second half of 2005, including on raising awareness, visibility and type of action, and incorporating local, NGO and HRDs’ own expertise. They also reflect recommendations made at the workshop on human rights defenders at the Seventh Annual EU NGO Forum on Human Rights (London 8-9 December 2005) as well as contributions from international NGOs and local human rights defenders. Finally, the review takes into account recommendations made by the UN Special Representative on human rights defenders in her most recent report (E/CN.4/2006/95/Add.5).