Cancelled: side event: 31 October, New York. 'Restrictive laws and the Repression of Human Rights Defenders'
Wednesday, 17 October 2012 11:07



Please note that due to circumstances related to Hurricane Sandy, this event has unfortunately been cancelled.


On Wednesday, 31 October, the International Service for Human Rights (ISHR), CIVICUS, the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), and the Norwegian Mission to the United Nations will hold a public panel discussion in New York entitled 'Restrictive laws and the repression of human rights defenders'.


The event will be held in New York at the  offices of the Baha'i International Community, at 866 United Nations Plaza (one block north of the UN), between 1.15pm and 2.45pm, local time. Lunch will be provided.


The discussion will focus on Special Rapporteur Margaret Sekaggya’s report to the 67th General Assembly, and the experiences of human rights defenders in Bahrain, Zimbabwe, the DRC, and other countries.


The report of the Special Rapporteur focuses on how national legislation is being used to regulate and limit human rights defenders' work and activities.


It includes concerns about the arrest and prosecution of human rights defenders under the guise of combating terrorism; the excessive use of force on assemblies; the use of legislation to curb activities of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender defenders; the loss of licenses by lawyers who defend individuals prosecuted under national  security laws; the use of personal information on human rights defenders obtained through social networking and websites; and the wrongful use of defamation laws to charge human rights defenders with defamation and blasphemy.


If you wish to attend this event please RSVP to +1 212 490 2199 or to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


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