The report assesses progress made in 2009 in implementing the operational plans laid out in the Office’s 2008-2009 Strategic Management Plan (SMP). It highlights major activities carried out and results achieved, gauging progress using the indicators included in the SMP.

Several sections of the report outline OHCHR action towards human rights defenders on the ground in 2009.

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Tegucigalpa, 19 de mayo de 2010 – La Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos (CIDH) visitó Honduras del 15 al 18 de mayo de 2010, con el objeto de hacer un seguimiento a la visita in loco efectuada en agosto de 2009 y al Informe Honduras: Derechos Humanos y Golpe de Estado. La delegación estuvo compuesta por el Presidente de la CIDH, Felipe González; el Primer Vicepresidente, Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro; el Secretario Ejecutivo, Santiago A. Canton; la Relatora Especial para la Libertad de Expresión de la CIDH, Catalina Botero; y personal de la Secretaría Ejecutiva.

La CIDH tuvo reuniones con autoridades de los tres poderes del Estado, defensores y defensoras de derechos humanos, comunicadores sociales, representantes de la sociedad civil y miembros de la Comisión de la Verdad y la Reconciliación. Además, se reunió con representantes del sistema de Naciones Unidas en Honduras y con embajadores del Grupo de Seguimiento a la Declaración de Estocolmo (G 16). En un plazo breve, la Comisión hará público el Informe sobre la visita. (ver comunicados de prensa) | (más…)

GENEVA (12 May 2010) – A group of UN independent experts* warned about the deteriorating situation for human rights defenders in Mexico, strongly condemning the recent killing of human rights defender Ms. Beatriz Alberta (Bety) Cariño Trujillo and the international observer Mr. Tyri Antero Jaakkola in Oaxaca, south east Mexico. (más…)

“Increasing concerns have arisen during the period, with the growing harassment of human rights defenders, public condemnation of their work, closing of their offices, arbitrary arrests, a lack of fair trials, introduction of laws aimed at hampering the work of NGOs, attacks on the freedom of expression and the use of new technologies to crack down on defenders. In response, the EU has continued to protect those women and men who protect and promote universal human rights. Under the period under review, 46 public statements were issued by the EU, notably on the assassination of Stanislav Markelov and Anastasia Baburova in Russia, on the arbitrary detention of Roxana Saberi and Abdolfattah Soltani in Iran, and on the trial of Liu Xiaobo in China. The EU continued to support the cases of hundreds of defenders during the human rights dialogues and through dozens of démarches or informal inquiries delivered by the local EU Representatives.

The latest Human Rights Report was presented to foreign affairs ministers on 10 May by Catherine Ashton, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and chair of the Foreign Affairs Council. The report gives an overview of the wide range of EU activities to promote human rights worldwide, covering the period from July 2008 to December 2009.

Information on EU action towards human rights defenders is available on pages 13, 55, 56, 112, 122-127, 131, 133, 135, 139, 143-146, 149, 151, 159, 170-174

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“In 2009, Europe witnessed a bleak record of fatalities of human rights activists, including journalists and lawyers. Serious threats and abuses also targeted their relatives and persons close to them. Concerns regarding criminal investigations, impunity of the perpetrators and the need to offer protection to human rights activists often failed to be effectively addressed”.

“In 2009, the Commissioner continued to develop a constructive relationship with human rights activists and non-governmental organisations working on human rights. The Commissioner promoted the strengthening of the enabling environment for human rights work by addressing key issues with the national authorities, in particular on security and protection, and by remaining in contact with human rights activists and non-governmental organisations working on human rights, notably during country visits”.

The 2009 Annual Report of the Commissioner for Human Rights, presented to the Parliamentary Assembly on April 28, 2010, contains two chapters on human rights defenders.

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