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The Declaration on Human Rights Defenders, adopted by the General Assembly in its resolution 53/144, is based on and incorporates human rights enshrined in legally-binding international instruments.
The Declaration reaffirms rights that are instrumental to the defense of human rights, including, inter alia, freedom of association, freedom of peaceful assembly, freedom of opinion and expression, and the right to gain access to information, to provide legal aid and to develop and discuss new ideas in the area of human rights (see A/63/288, annex, para. 2).
The Declaration thus requires that states:
The Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders provides insights on this Declaration.
The Declaration is available in the six official UN languages, as well as 42 others.