Human rights defenders means individuals and organisations fighting against discrimination and for justice throughout the world. They include democracy activists, journalists, authors, trade union leaders, lawyers, and campaigners for gay and lesbian rights and for freedom of religion and religious minorities’ rights.
The Human Rights Council decision expresses deep concern about attacks against human rights defenders. It particularly emphasises the importance of recognising the key role played by human rights defenders in promoting peace and human rights, and urges states to draw up concrete protection measures.
“Various human rights organisations, the EU and the US have been among our strongest supporters in this effort to protect human rights defenders. We have in addition considered it important to establish close contact and cooperation with moderate countries from all regions. It is this approach that has enabled us to achieve results and that enables us to win support for important issues in the Human Rights Council,” said Mr Støre.
The Human Rights Council decision on human rights defenders can be found here.