Türkiye: continued judicial harassment against members of Saturday Mothers/People and violent police interference in their vigils (joint communication)
Official Letters and Statements
This is the summary of a joint communication sent to the Government of Türkiye about the continued judicial harassment against members of Saturday Mothers/People and the violent police interference in their weekly vigils.
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Statement on the situation of human rights defenders in Palestine and Israel in the context of the war on GazaLatest Information
More than three months into its war on Gaza, the indiscriminate killing of Palestinians by Israel continues. Among those killed by Israeli bombs and bullets have been human rights defenders, including medical workers, journalists and Palestinian human rights activists.
Launch of poem to mark the 25th Anniversary of the HRD DeclarationLatest Information
To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders, I commissioned a poem from British-Kashmiri writer Nikita Gill.
UNGA side event – “Participation and protection: Increasing support for WHRDs in conflict, post conflict and crisis-affected situations”Latest Information
On 10 October 2023, a side event will take place on the margins of the UN General Assembly in New York, discussing my new report: “Pathways to peace: women human rights defenders in conflict, post-conflict and crisis-affected settings”.
Human Rights Defenders
Human Rights Defenders (HRDs) are people who act peacefully to promote or protect human rights in accordance with the UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders.
“Human rights defenders are ordinary people who do extraordinary things. They work peacefully for the rights of others and help build civil and just societies based on the rule of law.”
Mary Lawlor, Special Rapporteur on the situation of HRDsViolations committed against HRDs Submit Information on HRDs at risk