06/09/2018 - Protection International invites you to its discussion & coffee break on UN complaint procedures for HRDs: opportunities and limits, which will take place next Monday 17 September, at the office of Protection International in Brussels.

 

UN complaint procedures for human rights defenders: opportunities and limits

 

BRUSSELS - MONDAY 17/09/2018 - 14.00-15.30

11, RUE DE LA LINIÈRE, 1050 BRUSSELS

ROOM PORTO ALLEGRE

 

As part of its global campaign related to the 20th Anniversary of the UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders (HRDs), Protection International is organising a discussion on UN complaint procedures for HRDs, aiming to offer a space for exchange for all interested actors and to contribute  to improve HRD-related protection mechanisms at international and national levels.

For this occasion, Protection International is inviting Ms. Janika SPANNAGEL, research associate at the Global Public Policy Institute, to present her key research findings on the functioning and impact of the complaint procedures before the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights defenders. 

Throughout these two past decades, a number of mechanisms and procedures to submit individual complaints of human rights defenders (HRDs) have been made available at international and regional levels. Each year, the United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur on human rights defenders receives a large number of submissions by international NGOs and local defenders regarding individual cases of concern. 

Ms Janika SPANNAGEL's intervention will help us discuss, inter alia:

  • What role does individual casework on human rights defenders, carried out by the UN, NGOs or diplomats, play in promoting human rights compliance?
  • What are the strengths and weaknesses of this approach, taking into consideration advocacy concerns, humanitarian objectives and structural effectiveness?
  • What are possible alternative approaches to overcome weaknesses?

 

You can find Janika SPANNAGEL's policy paper Chasing Shadows. A Quantitative Analysis of the Scope and Impact of UN Communications on Human Rights Defenders here

 

PLEASE REGISTER HERE TO THE EVENT BY THURSDAY 13 SEPTEMBER

 

This event is organised in the framework of Protection International's global campaign around the 20th Anniversary of the UN Declaration on HRDs and as an opportunity for improving HRD protection mechanisms at international and national levels.

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For any questions related to the event, please contact ao@protectioninternational.org