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These guidelines aim to provide officials of EU institutions and EU Member States, with guidance to be used in contacts with third countries and with international and civil society organisations, using a case-by-case approach, in order to promote and protect the human rights of LGBTI persons within its external action. They seek to enable the EU to proactively promote the human rights of LGBTI persons, to better understand and combat [...]
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A/HRC/22/L.13   Human Rights Council Twenty-second session Agenda item 3 Promotion and protection of all human rights, civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to development   On 21 March 2013, the United Nations Human Rights Council passed a landmark resolution calling on states to ensure greater protection of human rights defenders. The resolution particularly demands an end to the use and abuse of national legislation to [...]
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The EU Local Strategy for HRDs was adopted by EU missions in Ankara on 14 December 2010 and drafted with input from Turkish HRDs (1).  It provides operational guidelines for EU missions to implement EU guidelines for HRDs (2) notably with regard to the provision of effective support to HRDs as well as the monitoring of the situation of HRDs in Turkey. Almost two years since adoption of the Strategy, [...]
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Introduction Enhancing security and prosperity and promoting freedom are the three interlocking pillars of Dutch foreign policy. The Dutch human rights strategy has five priorities: freedom of expression (including internet freedom and freedom of religion and belief), equal rights for all, support for human rights defenders, corporate social responsibility and a focus on tackling the most serious violators. The Netherlands supports human rights defenders.[1] Human rights defenders and their organisations [...]
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Distr. GENERAL A/RES/53/144 8 March 1999   Fifty-third session Agenda item 110 (b)   Reaffirming the importance of the observance of the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations for the promotion and protection of all human rights and fundamental freedoms for all persons in all countries of the world, Taking note of Commission on Human Rights resolution 1998/7 of 3 April 1998,1 in which the Commission [...]
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The African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (or the Chater), a regional human rights document, was adopted on 11 June 1981 and became legally binding on 21 October 1986. The Charter provides specific responsibilities to African Union (AU) Member States to give effect to the African Charter at domestic level. In particular, each State party shall submit every two years, from the date the Charter comes into force, a [...]
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GENEVA – “It is not easy being a human rights defender; in too many countries it is dangerous, plain dangerous,” said United Nations Special Rapporteur Margaret Sekaggya launching her essential guide to the right to defend human rights*, a key document aimed at supporting those who stand for our rights by increasing understanding of the UN Declaration on human rights defenders and awareness on the dangers they face. “Despite the [...]
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Recognizing that non-governmental organizations (NGOs)* are essential to the development and success of free societies and that they play a vital role in ensuring accountable, democratic government, And recalling the right to freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and association enshrined in the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders, We hereby pledge our commitment to the [...]
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1. Introduction to the EU Guidelines and definition of Human Rights Defenders A – The EU Guidelines The EU Guidelines on Human Rights Defenders provide a practical template to improve EU action in support of Human Rights Defenders (HRDs) on the ground. While the EU Guidelines are not a binding legal document, they represent a strong political commitment by EU Member States at ministerial level to advancing the work of [...]
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Background The EU guidelines on Human Rights Defenders is aimed at providing EU Member States with practical guidance on how to protect and support human rights defenders (HRD), especially in third countries. The text of the guidelines can be found at http://ue.eu.int/uedocs/cmsUpload/GuidelinesDefenders.pdf EU Member States have tasked their overseas missions to formulate local implementation strategies for the promotion of the guidelines and for practical measures to support human rights defenders. [...]
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