Tools for Defenders

“Human rights defender is a term used to describe people who, individually or with others, act to promote or protect human rights. Human rights defenders are identified above all by what they do and it is through a description of their actions and of some of the contexts in which they work that the term can best be explained. The examples given of the activities of human rights defenders are [...]
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Tools for Diplomats

All UN member States are bound by International Human Rights Law and have a specific commitment to the protection of defenders. Civil authorities and the police force of each country bare the greatest responsibility for the protection of human rights defenders. What UN member States can do by virtue of the Declaration on Human Rights Defenders adopted on December 9, 1998 by the UN General Assembly is the following Implement the Declaration Disseminate the [...]
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Tools for Members of Parliament

Verification of the respect of the States commitments in the field of human rights is a key responsibility of parliamentarians . Parliamentarians, therefore, play a major role as human rights defenders. To support and protect defenders, members of parliament can : – Adopt a support programme in favour of the UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders – Ensure that legislation in security matters, for example, is not diverted in order to hinder [...]
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Tools for Media

“The media may play a major role to support defenders by disseminating information relating to the UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders, by publishing articles on violations which the defenders are victims, and by inciting the public to support their action.” The media could react to defamation attempts which the defenders are the subject to, for example by vigorously contesting fallacious accusations which assimilate defenders to terrorists, criminals or subversive [...]
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Tools for Trade Unions

In its “2007 Annual Report on Violations of Trade Unions Rights“, the International Trade Union Confederation(ITUC) counted 144 persons assassinated throughout the world in 2006. The ITUC has been campaigning for a number of years, notably within the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, in order for trade unionists to be recognized entirely as human rights defenders as soon as they are victims of serious abuses considering [...]
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Tools for Citizens

Citizens are, of course, the first beneficiaries of the defenders activities. In conflict areas, massive human rights violations perpetrated against civilians and social groups stigmatised for their political, religious and ethnic membership would go unnoticed without the presence of defenders. Without the defenders activities, systematic impunity in certain countries : Diminishes the citizens confidence in its institutions Discourages the citizen taking legal and non violent action Ruins the State’s legal [...]
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