Rethinking the protection of Human Rights Defenders: A critical and creative reflection on protection approaches


Ahead of the 20th anniversary of the UN Declaration on HRDs, Protection International and the Centre for Applied Human Rights (CAHR) of the University of York are hosting an international roundtable on 12 & 13 December 2017 for human rights defenders, practitioners, academics and policy-makers to reflect collectively on the way that security and protection are conceptualised and enacted.

The two-day consultative meeting will focus on reviewing and challenging the currently established protection approaches, tools and practices. The main objective is to offer a participatory platform to strengthen the human rights movement by supporting critical reflection and creative thinking on the defence of human rights and protection of HRDs.

Mr. Michel FORST, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, Ms. Victoria Tauli Corpuz, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples and Dr. Denis Mukwege, Congolese gynecologist and women’s rights activist, will participate in the event.

3 strands of reflection will be proposed to participants:

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The participation in the event is on invitation only, but you can follow the conversation on social media! #RethinkingProtection


Useful documents


Speakers' contributions

Ahead of the event, some speakers are sharing their views on the topics they will tackle - some inspiring food for thought to reflect together on!

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Contact details

  • For practical information issues:

Nha Vy Nguyen - Event Coordination Assistant - or +32/ (0)2 609 44 09

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