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Annual reports

The annual reports to the Human Rights Council and to the General Assembly, required under the mandate, provide a record of the year’s activities, describe the primary trends and concerns identified during the year, and make recommendations for how these should be addressed. Some reports examine major themes of concern, for example the protection of defenders, challenges faced by women defenders and those working on women’s rights and gender issues, violations committed by non-State actors, the impact of security legislation on human rights defenders and their work or the challenges faced by defenders working on economic, social and cultural rights. The reports are useful indicators of the problems confronted by defenders in specific countries and regions, as well as of particular themes of global concern. The recommendations outlined in each report provide a basis for action by States, United Nations agencies, human rights defenders themselves, the private sector and a range of other actors.  

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Annual Reports by the Special Rapporteur and the Special Representative to the UN Human Rights Council and the Commission on Human Rights

Year/ Session

Title

Symbol

2015
28th session of HRC

Workplan and Future Activities of the Special Rapporteur

A/HRC/28/63

Observations on communications

A/HRC/28/63/Add.1

2014
69th session of GA

Vision and Working Methods of the Mandate

A/69/259

2014
25th session of HRC

Elements of a safe and enabling environment for human rights defenders

A/HRC/25/55

Observations on communications

A/HRC/25/55/Add.3

2013
68th session of GA

Large-scale development project and human rights defenders

A/68/262

2013
22nd session of HRC

Role of national human rights institutions in the promotion and protection of human rights and as protectors of human rights defenders
Responses to questionnaires sent E/F/S

A/HRC/22/47

Observations on the communications

A/HRC/22/47/Add.4

2012
67th session of GA

Use of legislation to regulate activities of human rights defenders

A/67/292

2012
19th session of HRC

Selected groups of defenders at risk: journalists and media workers, defenders working on land and environment issues; and youth and student defenders

A/HRC/19/55

Observations on communications report

A/HRC/19/55/Add.2

2011
66th session of GA

On the Declaration on human rights defenders

A/66/203

2011
16th session of HRC

Women human rights defenders and those working on women's rights or gender issues

A/HRC/16/44

Summaries of individual cases raised by the SR during 2010 and summaries of Government responses

A/HRC/16/44/Add.1

Responses to the questionnaire on the challenges faced by women human rights defenders and those working on women's rights or gender issues

A/HRC/16/44/Add.3

2010
65th session of GA

Violations committed against defenders by non-State actors

A/65/223

2010
13th session of HRC

Security and protection of human rights defenders

A/HRC/13/22

Summaries of individual cases raised by the SR during 2009 and summaries of Government responses

A/HRC/13/22/Add.1

Responses to the questionnaire on the security and protection of human rights defenders

A/HRC/13/22/Add.4

2009
64th session of GA

Meeting the standards of the right to freedom of association; analysis of NGO laws

A/64/226

2009
10th session of HRC

Universal Periodic Review (UPR): enhancing the protection of human rights defenders

A/HRC/10/12

Summaries of individual cases raised by the SR during 2008 and summaries of Government responses

A/HRC/10/12/Add.1

2008
63rd session of GA

Vision and priorities of the Special Rapporteur

A/63/288

2008
7th session of HRC

From action to impact: follow-up to the activities of the special representative

A/HRC/7/28

Summaries of individual cases raised by the SRSG during 2007 and summaries of Government responses

A/HRC/7/28/Add.1

2007
62nd session of GA

The right to protest in the context of freedom of assembly

A/62/225

2007
4th session of HRC

The work of human rights defenders in the field of economic, social and cultural rights

A/HRC/4/37

Summaries of individual cases raised by the SRSG with Governments during 2006 and summaries of Government responses

A/HRC/4/37/Add.1

2006
61st session of GA

Analysis of methodology of work and the right of freedom of assembly

A/61/312

2006
62nd session of CHR

1)Implementation of the mandate since its creation in 2000
2)Key developments and major constraints in the implementation of the declaration

E/CN.4/2006/95

Summaries of individual cases raised by the SRSG during 2005 and summaries of government responses

E/CN.4/2006/95/Add.1

Compilation of developments for the situation of human rights defenders 2000 - 2006

E/CN.4/2006/95/Add.5

2005
60th session of GA

The contribution of human rights defenders to peace and security

A/60/339

2005
61st session of CHR

1) Trends in the situation of human rights defenders
2) Human rights defenders and peace and security

E/CN.4/2005/101

Summaries of individual cases raised by the SRSG during 2004 and summaries of government responses

E/CN.4/2005/101/Add.1

2004
59th session of GA

Applying the Declaration on human rights defenders. Meeting the standards of the right to association

A/59/401

2004
60th session of CHR

1) Trends in the situation of human rights defenders
2) Follow-up of cases and trends in government responses

E/CN.4/2004/94

Summaries of individual cases raised by the SRSG during 2003 and summaries of government responses

E/CN.4/2004/94/Add.3

2003
58th session of GA

Analysis of impact of security legislation and of emergency situations on defenders

A/58/380

2003
59th session of CHR

The role and situation of defenders in key contexts, including the UN

E/CN.4/2003/104

Summaries of individual cases raised by the SRSG during 2002 and summaries of government responses

E/CN.4/2003/104/Add.1

2002
57th session of GA

Results of regional consultations with States and defenders in Africa, Latin America, Asia, the middle East and the Euro-Mediterranean

A/57/182

2002
58th session of CHR

Analysis of trends affecting human rights defenders. Summary of cases sent to Governments

E/CN.4/2002/106

2001
56th session of GA

Impunity, legal actions, intelligence activities and smear campaigns against defenders. Impact of militarism on the Declaration; compatibility of national legislation

A/56/341

2001
57th session of CHR

Analysis of trends affecting human rights defenders. Summary of cases sent to Governments

E/CN.4/2001/94