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Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders

Introduction


Mrs. Margaret Sekaggya, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders
Mrs. Margaret Sekaggya as Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders
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The mandate on the situation of human rights defenders was established in 2000 by the Commission on Human Rights (as a Special Procedure) to support implementation of the 1998 Declaration on human rights defenders.

In 2008, with resolution 7/8 and in 2011, with resolution 16/5, the Human Rights Council, decided to continue the mandate on human rights defenders for consecutive periods of three years.

In March 2008, the Human Rights Council appointed Mrs. Margaret Sekaggya as Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders. Mrs Sekaggya is a magistrate from Uganda and was the Chairperson of the Uganda Human Rights Commission from 1996 to 2008. Between 2006 and 2008 she was a member of the United Nations High Level Task Force on the Implementation of the Right to Development.

She is conversant with the work of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, the African Union, the African Peer Review Mechanism and the New Partnership for Africa’s Development. She has also participated in the drawing up of a Bill of Rights for the East African Community. She further has experience on the human rights situation concerning groups like people affected and infected with HIV/AIDS, the disabled, children, women and the elderly.

Mrs Sekaggya succeeds Ms Hina Jilani as Special Representative of the Secretary General on the situation of human rights defenders (2000-2008).

Publications

Commentary to the Declaration on human rights defendersCommentary to the Declaration on human rights defenders
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Fact sheet 29 - Human Rights DefendersFact Sheet 29 - Human Rights Defenders: Protecting the Right to Defend Human Rights
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