Call for submissions: Invitation to contribute to Good Practices

OHCHR invites representatives of Member States, civil society and the UN system to provide information on efforts to prevent and address acts of intimidation and reprisals for cooperation with the United Nations.

Following the presentation of the annual report of the Secretary-General on “Cooperation with the United Nations, its representatives and mechanisms in the field of human rights” (A/HRC/39/41) to the Human Rights Council on 19 September 2018, some Member States and civil society organizations suggested during the interactive dialogue that information on possible good practices be collected.

Many actors have taken important steps to prevent, address, investigate and report on acts of intimidation and reprisals. We therefore invite partners to provide us with information (not pertaining to individual cases) along the following lines:

  • What are good practices in the legal and policy framework at the national level to ensure the right to participation at the international level, including unhindered access to and communication with international bodies, in particular the UN?
  • What measures have been taken at the national level to ensure national investigations and accountability on allegations of intimidation and reprisals?
  • How have actors contributed to initiatives at the international or regional levels to encourage the prevention of acts of intimidation and reprisals?
  • How have actors provided assistance to victims and/or members of civil society for cooperation with the UN? In your view, what measures have been particularly effective to improve the security and safety of those who cooperate with regional and international organizations?

In this spirit, we would welcome a short contribution on any good practices at the national or international levels, preferably no longer than 2-3 pages. Due to limited capacity, please note that only responses received in the two UN working languages of English and French will be processed.

Member States and civil society organizations have been invited to contribute to this exercise by 22 March 2019 through Unless otherwise indicated, contributions of a general nature (not cases) will be placed on the OHCHR webpage.