Survey on Good Practices in the Protection of Human Rights Defenders

On 22 October 2015, the Special Rapporteur presented a report to the General Assembly, sharing the findings from seven regional consultations he had conducted with human rights defenders during the year. The report highlights recent trends of intensified threats to defenders and the risks they face. In order to better address these threats and risks, the Special Rapporteur’s next report to the Human Rights Council will focus on good practices for the protection of defenders, with a view to better disseminating and more widely implementing them.

In order to identify most effective practices, the Special Rapporteur has launched a worldwide survey through which he is seeking submissions from a wide range of stakeholders, including States, human rights defenders, civil society organisations and national human rights institutions. The secure survey aims to draw together effective practices directed at strengthening defenders’ protection and promoting their work.

For that purpose, the Special Rapporteur invites you to share your observations and experiences through the secure survey, which can be accessed via the links below until 7 December 2015.

Submissions received through this survey will inform the report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, which will be presented to the Human Rights Council in March 2016.