Report on the Situation of human rights defenders working on the rights of people on the move

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, Mr. Michel Forst, in cooperation with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) will dedicate his next thematic report to the situation of human rights defenders working on the rights of people on the move. This report will be presented to the Human Rights Council at its 37th session in March 2018.

“People on the move” is a term used to describe the situation of the more than 600 million people globally who are living away from their place of home. This includes individuals living outside their country of nationality as well as those who have moved to a new location within their country. “People on the move” includes people who would fall within various legal definitions, including refugees, migrant workers, victims of trafficking, internally displaced person, stateless persons, and so on; it also includes people both with legal status in a country and without legal status. People on the move may have voluntarily chosen to leave their country of nationality or have been forced to flee.

The report of the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders will focus on the experience of human rights defenders working on the issues facing people on the move (rather than the issues facing people on the move directly, though there may be an overlap). This includes defenders who are themselves people on the move, but also those who support their work.

You are invited by the UN Special Rapporteur, Michel Forst, to share the experiences of human rights defenders working on the rights of people on the move.

The data collected through this survey will inform the report of the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders which will be presented to the Human Rights Council in March 2018.

This survey will take around 20 minutes or more to complete, depending on the level of detail you wish to provide. You are encouraged to fill out the questionnaire online here, which is also available in Word format here (see questionnaires in English | French | Spanish). Should you choose this modality, kindly submit the completed questionnaire electronically to defenders@ohchr.org at the earliest convenience or before 17 November 2017 (Civil Society Organisations) /24 November 2017 (Member States, National Human Rights Institutions and International Organisations) at the latest.

Please refer to this Concept note (in English | French | Spanish) for further information about the thematic report.

Your responses will be held confidentially and will not be attributed to you, unless you give us permission to do so.