Call for input to a report on killings of human rights defenders

5 October 2020
Issued by:
Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders
To inform SR’s report to be presented to the 46th session of the HRC in March 2021


Twice a year, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders calls for inputs to inform her thematic studies to be presented at the Human Rights Council in its March session and at the General Assembly in October.

Objectives of the report

This thematic report on the issue of killings of human rights defenders aims to assess the nature of risks, threats and patterns of the killing of human rights defenders from State and non-State actors; Identify and explore effective preventive and protection measures and lessons learnt in the protection of human rights defenders; Provide a platform for dialogue between stakeholders to share experiences and knowledge across regions and to share examples of useful steps taken by States, UN entities, businesses, IFIs, CSO and Defenders.

The Special Rapporteur will hold online expert consultations on the topic, analyse the communications and press releases on human rights defenders killed or threatened with death sent by the mandate to Member States and other stakeholders, consult and collect testimony of human rights defenders.

Key questions and types of input sought

The concept note and questionnaires can be downloaded below in English (original language), French, Spanish, and Russian (unofficial translation).

How and where to submit inputs

Inputs may be sent via e-mail or postal mail. All submissions must be received by 5 October 202018:00 CEST

E-mail address:
E-mail subject line:
Human Rights Defenders mandate: Submission to the Questionnaire.
Postal address :
Mary Lawlor, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, United Nations Office at Geneva, CH 1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland
Word limit:
2500 words
File formats:
Word, PDF

Treatment of inputs received

All submissions received in accessible Word format as of 5 October 2020 will be published below, unless the submitter clearly indicated that they did not wish to have their input be made publicly available when submitting their response. Submissions received in PDF format are not be published, but are available upon request at