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Human Rights Defenders Briefing Papers
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The Human Rights Defenders Briefing Papers are a series of six briefing papers providing simple and practical information on rights relevant to the work of human rights defenders:


A summary compilation of these briefing papers is available also in Chinese, here: 简报汇编

Audience and scope of the Briefing Papers

The primary audience of these papers is human rights defenders working at the international, regional and national levels. These papers seek to present relevant information in a simple and accessible manner, and act as a practical tool to support defenders' work. The papers can be used as a resource or background reading for specific trainings for defenders on this topic, in addition to assisting in national advocacy or awareness-raising efforts on particular rights, at the regional and national levels.

These briefing papers may also be of use to national human rights institutions (NHRIs) when dealing specifically with defenders’ issues. In addition, they can be used as resource material for NHRIs when providing advice to States in formulating or reviewing legislation relating to human rights defenders at the national level.

These briefing papers also collate and reference the work of the UN treaty bodies and the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights defenders in this specific context. Academics, students and a wider audience may therefore also find these papers of use as a guide to the international standards for the protection of defenders.



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