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Human rights defenders and experts share priorities for High Commissioner Volker Türk

High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Türk took up his mandate on 17 October 2022. We are keen to ensure that his priorities and approach are informed by the expertise and perspectives of human rights defenders and, for this purpose, compiled a collection of views to help shape a human rights defender agenda for his mandate. Read on!

ACHPR71: States in Africa must guarantee the effectiveness of human rights

ISHR delivered a statement on the situation of human rights defenders in Africa during the 71st session of the African Commission. It highlights significant progress made on the continent on the protection of defenders but equally that violations of their rights remain deplorable in some countries.


Draft is comprehensive, containing all rights and obligations in the Model Law, with similar text. The articles related to the Protection Mechanism are less comprehensive, with several aspects in the Model Law absent or incomplete.

UNGA75 | Impact of pandemic on human rights and UN’s budget crisis loom large in Third Committee discussion with UN human rights chief

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, engaged in her yearly dialogue with the General Assembly’s Third Committee on Wednesday. Unsurprisingly the COVID19 pandemic featured high on her priority issues and in States’ responses. The funding crisis facing the Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights (OHCHR) also loomed large in the discussions. Several States raised country situations, including China.