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On the Iuventa Trial: the criminalisation of solidarity

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Last week, a member of my team travelled to Trapani to observe the concluding arguments in the pre-trial proceedings against the Iuventa search and rescue crew.
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Position Paper: on the EU Commission’s proposed Directive to update the EU legal framework on people smuggling

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I am issuing the following position paper in response to the EU Commission’s proposed Directive to update the Facilitators Package, with specific recommendations to improve the environment for human rights defenders in the EU.
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Position Paper: concerning EU visas as a protection tool for human rights defenders

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I am issuing the following position paper on EU visas as a protection tool for human rights defenders, including recommendations on what could be done in the short and medium term to remedy the current disconnect between the EU’s external human rights policy and its visa framework.
The top of the image features the dates "May 2020 - May 2023" on a purple and orange gradient background. Below is a black and white photo of Mary Lawlor, accompanied by the text "In her first mandate as UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders, Mary Lawlor..." on a white background. The image is meant to lead to the statistics compiled in the related blog piece.

Reflections on my first term as mandate holder – August 2023

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Looking back on my first term as Special Rapporteur, I’m sharing an overview of my work between May 2020 and May 2023.

RIP Fr Brendan Forde

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9 July 2023 Fr Brendan Forde died yesterday. RIP I’ll always think of him as someone who wandered around Central…
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On HRDs and the Updated OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises

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Earlier this month, the OECD issued an update of its Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, including recognition of the risks for human rights defenders peacefully opposing negative impacts of corporate activity and voicing concerns about them.
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HRDs and the progress of the EU’s Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive

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Despite cross-cutting improvements proposed by the JURI Committee, the Parliament’s expected position on the EU’s due diligence Directive falls short of fully reflecting the role of human rights defenders and the risks they face.
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Tribute to Brian Dooley

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My senior advisor Brian Dooley is finishing up with the Mandate today after three years of exceptional support, guidance, wise counsel and endless energy.
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Op-Ed: Why are human rights defenders in Greece at risk and what can be done about it?

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This week at the United Nations I will present a report focused on Human Rights Defenders in Greece. It will detail the risks and threats faced by people in the country who take peaceful action to promote and protect the rights of others.
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Response to the EU Commission’s draft Directive on corporate sustainability due diligence

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On 23 February 2022, the European Commission published its proposal for an EU Directive which would place binding obligations on…

At the heart of the struggle: human rights defenders working against corruption

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On 11 March 2022, I presented a report to the UN Human Rights Council, explaining how, although not everyone sees…
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International Women’s Day 2022

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Today, on International Women’s Day, I’m celebrating all women human rights defenders (WHRDs). By becoming prominent figures in their communities,…