[Side event] Protecting Human Rights Defenders in Asia
- 2014.03.12 (20:22:47)
Side Event: the 25th Session of the UN Human Rights Council
Protecting Human Rights Defenders in Asia: Trends, Challenges & Ways Ahead
* Wednesday, 12 March 2014, 15.00-17.00
* Room XXIV, Palais des Nations
In the report on her recent mission to the Republic of Korea, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of Human Rights Defenders, Ms. Margaret Sekaggya praised the country’s laudable progress in establishing a robust, consolidated democracy while echoing a number of concerns raised by civil society about ongoing, unwarranted restrictions on the rights to freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly, etc.
The High Commissioner’s report on promoting reconciliation and accountability in Sri Lanka welcomed the government’s efforts to make and implement significant and far-reaching recommendations towards reconciliation and strengthening the rule of law. However, there are still continuing reports of violations of human rights including extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances, intimidation of and reprisals against human right defenders, member of civil society and journalists, etc.
The event will provide a unique opportunity for a dialogue with human rights defenders in Asia with different country settings to discuss innovative means to create a safe and enabling environment for human rights defenders. Underscoring the situation in the Republic of Korea and Sri Lanka, the event will also offer a key occasion to discuss viable opportunities to ensure effective implementation at the national level of the last year's landmark Human Rights Council resolution, “Protecting Human Rights Defenders” (A/HRC/RES/22/6).