Call for input to a report on the long term detention of human rights defenders

19 March 2021
Issued by:
Mary Lawlor, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders
To inform SR’s report to be presented to the 76th session of the General Assembly in October 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 will focus on the issue of the long-term detention of human rights defenders in connection to their human rights work.

With this report, the Special Rapporteur will identify human rights defenders in long term detention across all regions, relevant trends and patterns, as well as effective strategies and recommendations to all relevant stake holders with the aim of putting an end to this practice and preventing the long-term arbitrary detention of human rights defenders.

The Special Rapporteur will hold online expert consultations on the topic, analyse the communications and press releases on human rights defenders in long term detention 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 questionnaires can be downloaded below in English (original language), Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish (unofficial translations).

How and where to submit inputs

Inputs may be sent via e-mail or postal mail. All submissions must be received by 19 March 2021, 18:00 CEST.

E-mail address
E-mail subject line
Human Rights Defenders mandate: Submission to the Questionnaire
Postal address
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
Accepted languages
English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian and Chinese

Treatment of inputs received

All submissions received in accessible Word format as of 19 March 2021 will be published below, unless the submitter clearly indicated that they do not wish to have their input be made publicly available when submitting their response.