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In this report, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, Mary Lawlor, analyses the situation of human rights defenders in long-term detention, serving sentences of 10 years or longer. The Special Rapporteur draws attention to underlying factors that contribute to the phenomenon of detaining human rights defenders for lengthy periods as a result of their legitimate human rights activities. The report contains examples of individual cases of human rights defenders serving long-term prison sentences. She makes recommendations to relevant stakeholders to halt and reverse these trends and suggests ways to prevent this from happening in the future.
The Special Rapporteur held online expert consultations on the topic; analysed the communications and press releases on human rights defenders in long term detention sent by the mandate to Member States and other stakeholders; and consulted and collected testimonies of human rights defenders.
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.
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