Le Rapport évalue les progrès réalisés en 2009 dans la mise en oeuvre des plans opérationnels établis dans le Plan de Gestion Stratégique (SMP) du Haut-Commissaire pour 2008-2009. Il souligne les principales activités développées et résultats obtenus, et mesure les avancées, le cas échéant, grâce aux indicateurs inclus dans le SMP.

Plusieurs parties du rapport font état de l’action du HCDH en faveur des défenseurs des droits de l’Homme sur le terrain en 2009.

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Tegucigalpa, Honduras, May 19, 2010 — The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) visited Honduras May 15-18 to follow up on its on-site visit of August 2009 and its report Honduras: Human Rights and the Coup d’État. The delegation was composed of IACHR Chair Felipe González, First Vice-Chair Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro, Executive Secretary Santiago A. Canton, Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression Catalina Botero, and staff of the Executive Secretariat.

The IACHR met with officials from all three branches of the State, human rights defenders, journalists, civil society representatives, and members of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. It also met with representatives of the United Nations system in Honduras and with ambassadors from the Stockholm Declaration Follow-Up Group (G 16). The Commission’s report on the visit will be made public in the near future. (voir les communiqués) | (suite…)

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. (suite…)

« 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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