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© Raymond Moretti, Marie-France Moretti

Human Rights Defenders, the World Summit adopts a plan of action

On 10th December 2018, on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and of the 20th anniversary of the United Nations Declaration on Human Rights Defenders a Plan of action for the protection and promotion of the work of human rights defenders has been released.

The action plan, elaborated by the participants of the Human Rights Defenders World Summit 2018 that took place in Paris from 29 to 31st October, proposes a concrete set of measures to be implemented by States, businesses, financial institutions, donors and intergovernmental institutions, and calls for a lasting commitment from States to act to protect human rights defenders and to take concrete actions to offer better protection and create a more favourable environment for their work.

The document was drafted by a coalition of eight international human rights organisations, in consultation with more than 30 human rights organisations and networks from all over the world. 

The action plan will presented to the United Nations in New York on 18 December, at the high-level panel on the situation of Human Rights Defenders.

This action plan is available and downloadable at the links below.