Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders

Introduction


Mr. Michel Forst as Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders © UN PhotoThe 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 2014, with resolution 25/18, the Human Rights Council, decided to continue the mandate on human rights defenders for a consecutive period of three years.

In June 2014, Mr. Michel Forst (France) was appointed by the President of the Human Rights Council as the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders. Mr. Forst has extensive experience on human rights issues, including human rights defenders, the rights of children with disabilities, extreme poverty, and the elderly.  He has held a number of leading positions within the field of human rights, including the French National Consultative Commission on Human Rights, the Cimade (Comité inter-mouvements auprès des évacués), UNESCO, the first World Summit on Human Rights Defenders (Paris), and Amnesty International (France).

From 2008 to 2013, Mr. Forst was the UN Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Haiti, and between 2012 and 2013 he was the Chair of the Coordination Committee of the Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council. 

He is also a former member of the Board of the International Service for Human Rights (Geneva) and a founding member of Front Line Defenders (Dublin).

Mr. Forst succeeds Ms. Margaret Sekaggya as Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders (2008-2014) and Ms. Hina Jilani as Special Representative of the Secretary General on the situation of human rights defenders (2000-2008).

 

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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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Call for inputs on upcoming country visit to Peru – 21 January-3 February 2020

Call for inputs – SR’s report to HRC 43 Session – available in English French, Spanish and Arabic

Call for inputs – SR’s report to GA74 – available in English, French and Spanish

Call for inputs on upcoming country visit to Mongolia – 30 April-13 May

Call for inputs on country visit to Colombia 20 November – 3 December 2018

HRDs for Nobel Peace Prize?

Call for inputs for the report of the SR on Human Rights defenders to the 40th session of the Human Rights Council

Joint Statement on the UN HRD Declaration

Honduras: Joint statement (SR & National HRD Protection Mechanism)

20th anniversary of the UN Declaration on human rights defenders

SR on HRD's support of Poland's Commissioner for Human Rights in a joint statement with other international and regional human rights organizations

Survey on Good Practices in the Protection of Human Rights Defenders 

Report of the Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders to the 28th session of the Human Rights Council

Observations on Communications transmitted to Governments and replies received

Report of the Special Rapporteur on human rights defenders to the 69th session of the General Assembly

Report of the Special Rapporteur on human rights defenders to the Human Rights Council on safe and enabling environment for defenders

Resolution on protection of defenders by Human Rights Council, 22/6 

Special Rapporteur:

Mr. Michel Forst
(France), 2014-

Former Special Rapporteurs:

Mrs. Margaret Sekaggya
(Uganda), 2008-2014

Mrs Hina Jilani
(Pakistan), 2000-2008