Save the Date: 25th Anniversary of the UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders


Human rights defenders put their lives on the line everyday to defend and advance the ability of all people to access their fundamental human rights, and this critically important role was formally recognized with the adoption of the UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders on December 9, 1998.

Please join a High-Level Commemoration of the 25th Anniversary of the UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders (HRDs). The event will celebrate the achievements of human rights defenders over the last 25 years by featuring courageous human rights defenders and high-level speakers from the U.S. State Department, USAID, the U.S. Congress, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders, Mary Lawlor, and the diplomatic community. The event will also emphasize the role governments and multilateral institutions play in supporting and elevating the work of HRDs.

SAVE THE DATE: October 17, 2023

Morning Event 10:00 am – 12:00 pm and Afternoon Reception 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm. 

Organized by a civil society steering committee including: Amnesty International USA, American Bar Association Center for Human Rights, Freedom House, Freedom Now, Front Line Defenders, International Center for Not-For-Profit Law, International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), International Service for Human Rights, Martin Ennals Foundation, Peace Brigades International, PEN America, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, and World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT).

Attendance to the Morning Event and Afternoon Reception will be limited to 3 people per organization and please no interns. Invitations are non transferable. For more information contact Andrew Fandino, Advocacy Director, Individuals at Risk Program at Amnesty International USA, or Ana Cutter Patel, U.S. Representative for Front Line Defenders.


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