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Special Rapporteur on human rights defenders
15 November 2023
Children and young persons are increasingly active in the field of human rights, promoting and protecting the rights of others. Children and youth who act as human rights defenders (HRDs) face many of the same challenges as adults who act as HRDs. But they can also meet extra problems because they are children and youth (under 32).
This report hopes to capture some of the challenges faced by children and youth who act as human rights defenders, as well as to demonstrate best practices regarding their protection and demonstrate why child and youth human rights defenders are essential actors in securing rights.
The questionnaires can be downloaded below in English (original language), Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish (unofficial translations).
Questionnaires for Member States
Child friendly version of the questionnaire
Questionnaire for Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and human rights defenders
Input/comments may be sent by e-mail. They must be received by 15 November 2023.
Contributors can remain anonymous. They can provide their contact details in case we need to contact them in connection with this survey. However, note that this is optional.
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Input/comments may be sent by e-mail/fax/postal mail. They must be received by 15 November 2023.
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Input for report on child and youth human rights defenders
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Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, United Nations Office at Geneva, CH 1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland