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Tunisia: Reject bill dismantling civil society

NGOs call on the Tunisian authorities to refrain from adopting the proposed draft law on associations and, instead, commit to safeguarding the right to freedom of association as enshrined in Decree-law 88 and under international human right law.

Human rights defender’s story: Cyrine Hammemi from Tunisia

Cyrine Hammemi is a human rights defender from Tunisia. Her work focuses on the human rights of persons belonging to minority groups, through alerts on discriminatory situations and the violence they suffered. In an interview with ISHR, Cyrine shares her personal journey into activism and her vision for a more inclusive and equitable future.

Has the UN Declaration made a difference to the lives of human rights defenders?

In 1998 the world made a commitment to promote and protect the rights of defenders. Twenty years on, what real difference has the UN Declaration - and subsequent UN resolutions and recommendations - made to the lives of human rights defenders in Colombia and Tunisia? A new report by ISHR and partners provides insights and proposals for change.

Promising but patchy | UN work on human rights defenders

Since the adoption of the Declaration on Human Rights Defenders, UN bodies have developed approaches to promoting the work of defenders and ensuring their protection. However, this response has been insufficiently robust or coordinated. Twenty years on, the situation for defenders in many countries around the world remains grave.

HRC34 | Council unites to stand with human rights defenders

The Human Rights Council has united to adopt a consensus resolution on the protection of human rights defenders. The resolution, extending the mandate of the UN Special Rapporteur, comes at a time when the work of defenders has never been more important nor more threatened.