Safety of journalists and human rights defenders

Journalists and human rights defenders around the world face major risks as a result of their work. Governments and other powerful actors, seeking to escape scrutiny and stifle dissent, often respond to critical reporting or activism with attempts to silence them.

Threats, surveillance, attacks, arbitrary arrest and detention, and, in the most grave cases, enforced disappearance or killings, are too often the cost of reporting the truth. The protection of journalists and human rights defenders, and ending impunity for attacks against them, is a global priority for safeguarding freedom of expression.

States are under an obligation to prevent, protect against, and prosecute attacks against journalists and human rights defenders. Creating a safe and enabling environment for their work necessitates legal reform, the creation of special protection mechanisms, and protocols to guide effective investigations and prosecutions where attacks occur. A free press and active civil society are essential to ensure the public’s right to know, so that governments and institutions can be held accountable.

15.03.2019 5 min read

HRC40: Oral statement on the adoption of Malta’s UPR

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12.03.2019 7 min read

HRC40: States should defend environmental human rights defenders

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12.03.2019 5 min read

Iran: Harsh sentencing of Nasrin Sotoudeh sets a new tone for judicial repression of human rights

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11.03.2019 5 min read

European Court of Human Rights: Cancellation of Turkish academics’ passports threaten academic freedoms

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08.03.2019 2 min read

HRC40: Oral statement to item 3 general debate

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06.03.2019 32 min read

Iran: Decline for free expression requires increased support for UN scrutiny

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04.03.2019 35 min read

Myanmar: UN HRC must keep scrutiny on free expression situation

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01.03.2019 10 min read

Saudi Arabia: More than 50 human rights groups call for immediate release of women’s rights defenders

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25.02.2019 6 min read

Singapore: Joint Statement on the sentencing of human rights defender Jolovan Wham

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