2017 Focus Report | Public policies for the protection of human rights defenders: Global trends and implementation challenges
Protection International (PI) is glad to present its 2017 edition of its Focus Report, monitoring worldwide developments in the field of national protection mechanisms and public policies for the protection of human rights defenders (HRDs).
Since the publication of our seminal handbook Protection of human rights defenders: Best practices and lessons learnt (2011), the public debate regarding national public policies for HRD protection has evolved: initially only a handful of Latin American governments were addressing systematic attacks against HRDs through national protection mechanisms, and civil society organisations approached the issue with a lot of mistrust and scepticism. In recent years, it has become mainstream with the adoption of national laws and the emergence of draft bills in several countries of Latin America and Africa, while permeating the discussions on HRD protection in countries of Europe, Central and South-East Asia.
Many developments in this field of the HRD protection ecosystem also occurred since the publication of the last edition the Focus Report in 2014.
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