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UNGA78: UN expert highlights critical role of women defenders and denounces their criminalisation

On Thursday 12 October 2023, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, Mary Lawlor, presented her report on women human rights defenders (WHRDs) in conflict, post-conflict and crisis-affected settings to the General Assembly’s Third Committee. While she acknowledges the fundamental work of WHRDs in these contexts, the report highlights the vulnerability that comes with it.

UNGA78: UN expert highlights critical role of civil society in peace and democratic transition processes

At the 78th Session of the UN General Assembly’s Third Committee, the Special Rapporteur on the Rights to Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and of Association highlighted the importance of the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and association for achieving sustainable peace and democratic transition. He further made recommendations to all stakeholders for ensuring the meaningful inclusion of civil society in these processes.