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Human Rights Defenders

Challenges

The following problems regarding human rights defenders exist:

  • the failure to consult with non-governmental organisations on issues relating to the fulfilment of international obligations;
  • obstruction of the monitoring by human rights defenders of the implementation of universal and regional human rights norms;
  • the treatment of analyses and comment on the implementation of universal and regional human rights norms by human rights defenders as a criminal offence or a hostile act;
  • the prohibition of human rights defenders giving advice as to the requirements of universal and regional human rights norms
  • the subjection of human rights defenders to discriminatory treatment, harassment, intimidation and violence;
  • the failure to protect human rights defenders against discriminatory treatment, harassment, intimidation and violence;
  • the failure to investigate allegations of such discriminatory treatment, harassment, intimidation and violence and to bring appropriate proceedings against those responsible for it; and
  • the failure to manifest public support and enthusiasm for the work of human rights defenders.

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