10 June 2014 – The present guidelines are based on OSCE commitments and universally recognized human rights standards that OSCE participating States have undertaken to adhere to. The guidelines are informed by key international instruments relevant to the protection of human rights defenders, in particular the UN Declaration mentioned above. The guidelines do not set new standards or seek to create “special” rights for human rights defenders but concentrate on the protection of the human rights of those who are at risk as a result of their human rights work. As such, the guidelines aim to contribute to promoting equal protection of human rights for all.

Genève-Paris, le 15 mars 2012. Les 8 et 9 mars 2012, l’Observatoire pour la protection des défenseurs des droits de l’Homme, un programme conjoint de la Fédération internationale des ligues des droits de l’Homme (FIDH) et de l’Organisation mondiale contre la torture (OMCT), a organisé la quatrième réunion “inter-mécanismes”, à l’invitation du Haut-commissariat des Nations unies aux droits de l’Homme (HCDH) à Genève (Suisse).

A cette occasion, les mécanismes et programmes internationaux et régionaux de protection des défenseurs des droits de l’Homme – opérant au sein des Nations unies, de la Commission africaine des droits de l’Homme et des peuples (CADHP), du Conseil de l’Europe, de la Commission interaméricaine des droits de l’Homme (CIDH) et du Bureau des institutions démocratiques et des droits de l’Homme de l’OSCE – rejoints par des représentants de l’Union européenne, de l’Organisation internationale de la Francophonie et d’ONG, ont discuté de la rédaction d’un rapport conjoint sur ​​les normes et recommandations existantes relatives à la protection des défenseurs des droits de l’Homme aux niveaux international et régional. La CIDH a proposé de jouer un rôle de coordination dans la rédaction du rapport, avec le soutien de l’Observatoire. Ce rapport s’inspirera du Commentaire de 2011 de la Déclaration des Nations unies sur les défenseurs des droits de l’Homme par la Rapporteure spéciale des Nations unies sur les défenseurs et du deuxième rapport de la CIDH sur la situation des défenseurs des droits de l’Homme. Un tel document, le premier de ce genre, constituera non seulement un instrument utile aux défenseurs, aux Etats et aux autres parties prenantes concernées, mais démontrera également une unité d’approches entre les mécanismes. (más…)

Warsaw, December 9, 2010. The third « inter-mechanisms » meeting organised by the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders[1] and hosted by the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) ended today in Warsaw, coinciding with the international human rights defenders day. On this occasion, international and regional mechanisms and programmes for the protection of human rights defenders (within the United Nations, African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, Council of Europe, European Union, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, ODIHR, joined by the International Organisation of the Francophonie) shared their respective experiences, and identified best practices and ways to increase their efficiency. Action-oriented discussions focused on the treatment of individual cases and their follow-up, preventive actions and emergency protection measures, information sharing on country visits and trial observations, as well as the publicity of their actions. (más…)

WARSAW, 8 December 2010 – Ahead of the International Human Rights Day on Friday, participants at an international meeting hosted by the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) today called for better inter-institutional co-operation to strengthen protection of human rights defenders.

The two-day event is organized by the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint programme of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the World Organisation Against Torture. ODIHR hosts the annual meeting for the first time.

Snjezana Bokulic, the head of ODIHR’s human rights department, stressed that the OSCE highly values the work of civil society in promoting human rights: “The international community must combine its efforts in a joint and comprehensive approach in order to effectively support the important work that is done by human rights defenders in the region.” (más…)

The first part of the review conference will take place in Warsaw from 30 September – 8 October 2010. The second and third parts of the review conference will be held in Vienna from 18-26 October and in Astana from 26-28 November. (más…)

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