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Questionnaire for Human Rights Defenders

TheUN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders, Ms. Margaret Sekaggya, is preparing a report to theHuman Rights Councilon progress made by States in meeting their obligations under theDeclaration of Human Rights Defenders. To this end, she has prepared a questionnaire, aimed at human rights defenders, to provide her with practical information on progress made and the challenges that remain in the countries in which human rights defenders are working or living. The report is due in March 2010.

Human rights defenders are requested to fill out the questionnaireno later than 23 November 2009. To access the questionnaire, clickhere.

More information on the UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders and her mandate is availableonline.

See the original invitation letter below:

Dear Human Rights Defenders,

With a view to assessing progress made by States in meeting their obligations under the Declaration on Human Rights Defenders, my next report to the Human Rights Council, due in March 2010, will focus on the security and protection of human rights defenders. The report will seek, in particular, to identify the main areas of progress and main difficulties that need to be addressed.

To this end, I would be grateful if you could answer the attached questionnaire, which I shall then annex to my report for illustrative purposes. I have also requested information from Member States. My report will later be made public on my website:http://www2.ohchr.org/english/issues/defenders/annual.htm. Please feel free to disseminate this questionnaire further.

I would greatly appreciate receiving your responses at your earliest possible convenience, preferably no later than 23 November 2009. Responses received after this date will not be reflected in her 2010 report. Responses may be addressed to the Special Rapporteur at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; fax: +41 22 917 90 06).


Margaret Sekaggya
Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders

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