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 the defenders’ action.

Such an initiative can be taken on behalf of the defenders established in the country and on behalf of those residing in third countries. – They can ensure the conformity of the national legislation with the Declaration and adopt the Declaration as binding national legislation.

Actual initiatives already undertaken in certain countries:


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  • Inter-Parliamentary Union

    The IPU is the international organization of Parliaments of sovereign States (Article 1 of the Statutes of the Inter-Parliamenary Union). It was established in 1889. The Union is the focal point for world-wide parliamentary dialogue and works for peace and co-operation among peoples and for the firm establishment of representative democracy.