“State authorities are the most common perpetrators of violations against human rights defenders yet also bear in mind the primary responsibility for assuring their protection.” UNHCR Fact sheet p15

“However, in almost every State there are individuals within the authorities who work very hard to protect human rights and who themselves fulfil the role of human right defenders.” UNHCR Fact sheet p17

To complement external activities, action in our own country is useful:

  • to prevent accusations of not using procedures specially provided for defenders at the national level
  • to remind the authorities about their protection responsibilities as indicated in the international law of human rights to which they are bound and to the UN Declaration on Human rights Defenders.