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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

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Content of Report

2014 A/HRC/25/55 Elements of a safe and enabling environment for human rights defenders
A/HRC/25/55/Add.3 Observations on communications
2013 A/HRC/22/47

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/Add.4

Observations on the communications

2012 A/HRC/19/55

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/Add.2 Observations on communications report
2011 A/HRC/16/44 Women human rights defenders and those working on women's rights or gender issues
A/HRC/16/44/Add.1 Summaries of individual cases raised by the SR during 2010 and summaries of Government responses
A/HRC/16/44/Add.3 Responses to the questionnaire on the challenges faced by women human rights defenders and those working on women's rights or gender issues
2010 A/HRC/13/22 Security and protection of human rights defenders
A/HRC/13/22/Add.1 Summaries of individual cases raised by the SR during 2009 and summaries of Government responses
A/HRC/13/22/Add.4 Responses to the questionnaire on the security and protection of human rights defenders
2009 A/HRC/10/12 Universal Periodic Review (UPR): enhancing the protection of human rights defenders
A/HRC/10/12/Add.1 Summaries of individual cases raised by the SR during 2008 and summaries of Government responses
2008 A/HRC/7/28

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

A/HRC/7/28/Add.1

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

2007 A/HRC/4/37

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

A/HRC/4/37/Add.1

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

2006 E/CN.4/2006/95

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/Add.1

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

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

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

2005 E/CN.4/2005/101

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

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

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

2004

 

E/CN.4/2004/94

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

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

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

2003

E/CN.4/2003/104

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

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

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

2002

E/CN.4/2002/106

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

2001

E/CN.4/2001/94

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

Annual Reports by the Special Rapporteur and the Special Representative to the UN General Assembly

Year

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Content of Report

2014 A/69/259 Annual Reports by the Special Rapporteur and the Special Representative to the UN General Assembly
2013 A/68/262 Large-scale development project and human rights defenders
Answers to questionnaire sent E/F/S
2012 A/67/292

Use of legislation to regulate activities of human rights defenders

Answers to questionnaire on the use of legislation to regulate activities of defenders
2011 A/66/203 On the Declaration on human rights defenders
2010 A/65/223 Violations committed against defenders by non-State actors
2009 A/64/226 Meeting the standards of the right to freedom of association; analysis of NGO laws
2008 A/63/288 Vision and priorities of the Special Rapporteur
2007 A/62/225

The right to protest in the context of freedom of assembly

2006 A/61/312

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

2005 A/60/339

The contribution of human rights defenders to peace and security

2004 A/59/401

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

2003 A/58/380

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

2002

A/57/182

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

2001

A/56/341

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