Annual Reports

The Special Rapporteur submits two thematic reports each year on the situation of human rights defenders. Thematic reports are an opportunity for the Special Rapporteur to investigate particular topics or trends in more detail and provide guidance and recommendations to UN Member States, businesses, civil society organisations and other stakeholders.

The Special Rapporteur submits one report to the General Assembly in October and the other during the March session of the Human Rights Council. The Special Rapporteur will usually invite human rights defenders, civil society actors, States, businesses, intergovernmental organisations and other actors submit information to the report.

La Rapporteuse spéciale soumet deux rapports thématiques chaque année sur la situation des défenseur.e.s des droits humains. Les rapports thématiques sont l’occasion pour la Rapporteuse spéciale d’étudier des sujets spécifiques ou des tendances dans le détail et de formuler des orientations et des recommandations à différentes parties prenantes, notamment aux États membres des Nations Unies, aux entreprises et aux organisations de la société civile.

La Rapporteuse spéciale soumet un rapport à l’Assemblée générale en octobre et l’autre lors de la session du Conseil des droits de l’homme de mars. La Rapporteuse spéciale invite généralement des défenseur.e.s des droits humains, des acteur.rice.s de la société civile, des États, des entreprises, des organisations intergouvernementales et d’autres parties prenantes à soumettre des informations pour ses rapports.

La Relatora Especial presenta cada año dos informes temáticos sobre la situación de las personas defensoras de los derechos humanos. Los informes temáticos son una oportunidad para que la Relatora Especial investigue temas o tendencias particulares más detalladamente, brinde una orientación y recomendaciones a los Estados miembros de las Naciones Unidas, las empresas, las organizaciones de la sociedad civil y demás partes interesadas.

La Relatora Especial presenta un informe a la Asamblea General de octubre y otro durante la sesión de marzo del Consejo de los Derechos Humanos. La Relatora Especial, en general, invitará a las personas defensoras de los derechos humanos, actores de la sociedad civil, Estados, empresas, organizaciones intergubernamentales y demás actores, a presentar información para el informe.

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Previous Annual Reports

Here you will find previous thematic reports written by the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders in all five UN working languages.

77th Session of the UN General Assembly

Refusing to turn away: human rights defenders working on the rights of refugees, migrants and asylum-seekers
the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, Mary Lawlor, analyses the situation of human rights defenders working on the rights of migrants, asylum-seekers and refugees, and the particular administrative, legal, practical and societal barriers they face.
Report • 13 October 2022

49th Session of the UN Human Rights Council

At the heart of the struggle: human rights defenders working against corruption
The Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, Mary Lawlor, analyses the situation of human rights defenders working against corruption and stresses that protection frameworks applicable to human rights defenders should apply to them.
Report • 11 March 2022

76th Session of the UN General Assembly

States in denial: the long-term detention of human rights defenders
The Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, Mary Lawlor, analyses the situation of human rights defenders in long-term detention, serving sentences of 10 years or longer.
Report • 14 October 2021
Opening Remarks: Interactive Dialogue at UN General Assembly 76 (14 October 2021)

46th Session of the UN Human Rights Council

Final Warning: death threats and killings of human rights defenders
In this report, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, Mary Lawlor, analyses the situation of the killing of human rights defenders
Report • 22 February 2021

Opening Remarks: Interactive Dialogue at UN Human Rights Council 46 (5 March 2021)

75th Session of the UN General Assembly

Mary Lawlor’s priorities as UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders
Mary Lawlor presents her priorities and working methods for the coming years of the mandate, and offers a brief overview of her activities in the first weeks since she took up her role.
Report • 16 July 2020
Opening Remarks: Interactive Dialogue at the UN General Assembly 75

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