2022 – My New Year’s Message to Human Rights Defenders
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Looking forward to 2022 filled with great hope – my message to Human Rights Defenders.
2021 – Witnessing the Powers of Hope and Persistence
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We know 2021 has been hard for many people, not least Human Rights Defenders. Working for human rights, often against powerful,…
Human Rights Defenders Day: The Power of Persistence
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I’ve spoken to thousands of Human Right Defenders (HRDs) in the last year and a half. These are people all…
Opening Remarks: UN General Assembly report on HRDs in Long Term Detention
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On 14 October 2021, I presented my report, “States in denial: the long-term detention of human rights defenders” to the…
My reflections on this year’s uncontested election to the UN Human Rights Council
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Just over two weeks ago, 18 States[1] ran for 18 available seats at the UN Human Rights Council. This meant…
One year since the death of Fikile Ntshangase
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Today, 22 October 2021 marks one year since 65 year old woman environmental defender, Fikile Ntshangase, was shot dead in…
Reprisals – Reflections on the report and resolution at the UN Human Rights Council
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“States seldom take responsibility for such [reprisals], but rather there is almost invariably a blind, blanket and almost bovine denial.” …
My next report: why anti-corruption?
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As soon as I took up this mandate as Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders (HRDs) in May last year,…
Vacancy: Human Rights Researcher Consultancy Opportunity
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The UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders is seeking a part-time researcher with practical experience of working with Human…
Over a year on, Belarus still hostile for Human Rights Defenders
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Today marks the one year anniversary of the detention of Marfa Rabkova, Woman Human Rights Defender with Viasna Human Rights…
The new UN Climate Report and Environmental Defenders
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The report by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change which came out earlier this week warns of imminent climate…
#InternationalYouthDay: Speech for the African Environmental Defenders Youth Day Webinar
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Today, 12 August 2021, I participated in a webinar organised by Natural Justice for International Youth Day. At the webinar,…




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