Former head of Front Line Defenders Mary Lawlor named new UN special rapporteur for human rights defenders

Author: Front Line Defenders, Published on: 25 March 2020

"Front Line Defenders Welcomes the Appointment of Mary Lawlor as UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders", 12 Mar 2020

Front Line Defenders welcomes the appointment of Mary Lawlor as UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders by the UN Human Rights Council during its 43rd session. Ms. Lawlor’s appointment is a clear recognition of her dedication to the safety, security and wellbeing of human rights defenders at risk around the world, exemplified by her establishing Front Line Defenders in 2001. She helped spearhead civil society efforts to bring the EU Guidelines on Human Rights Defenders into effect and became a recognised leader in focusing on attention on the unique protection needs of HRDs... Remarking on the announcement, Andrew Anderson, Front Line Defenders Executive Director, said, “Mary Lawlor is an excellent choice as UNSR, she has huge experience of working with human rights defenders in all world regions... Front Line Defenders also takes this opportunity to thank Mr. Michel Forst, the current UNSR, for his tireless efforts during the past six years to meet human rights defenders and defend their work... 

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