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Model Law to recognise and protect human rights defenders

Development of law informed by more than 500 human rights defenders and 28 high-level experts

The Model Law was developed over a three year period and informed by inputs including:

  • A comprehensive analysis of international and regional human rights instruments, together with relevant resolutions and recommendations from the UN Human Rights Council, Special Rapporteurs and treaty bodies, the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights
  • Comparative legal research across more than 40 jurisdictions
  • Face-to-face consultations with more than 500 human rights defenders from over 110 States, representing all regions and sub-regions, captured in a detailed report of the consultations, as well as a summary report of the findings of the consultations.
  • An in-depth research and monitoring mission to Mexico to examine the operation and effectiveness of that country’s human rights defender protection law
  • Expert drafting and pro bono legal assistance from leading international law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
  • Detailed revision, discussion and adoption by 28 high-level legal experts, including over a three day meeting
Organisation: International Service for Human Rights
Year: 2016
Language(s): English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Nepali, Mongolian, Russian
Country/Region: International
Area: International Legal Mechanisms; Collective and Physical Security, Women and Risk Assessments
Type: Guides and Manuals
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