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Cambodia: detention of WHRD Chhim Sithar upon her return to the country (joint communication)
Official Letters and Statements
The following is based on a communication written by the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders and other UN…
Latest Information Received
More disturbing news of threats to HRDs in the PhilippinesLatest Information
I am receiving more disturbing reports from the Philippines of the harassment of…
HRC side event – “Success through perseverance and solidarity: 25 years of achievements by human rights defenders”Latest Information
On Tuesday 14 March 2023, a side event will take place on the…
Meeting young defenders based in IndiaLatest Information
As part of the 25th anniversary of the UN Declaration on Human Rights…
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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.”
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