ICJ statement on human rights defenders in Southern Africa

The ICJ today requested the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders to call on Zimbabwe, Angola, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Swaziland to take effective measures to prevent and end attacks on and persecution of human rights defenders.

The ICJ delivered its oral statement today during an interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur as part of the Human Rights Council’s 22nd regular session (25 February to 22 March 2013).

The ICJ also noted the need for these States to:

  • Ensure adherence to international standards on detention and fair trial in cases where human rights defenders have been arrested;
  • Conduct prompt and impartial investigations and, where human rights abuses are criminal in character, prosecute all persons responsible; and
  • Ensure that affected human rights defenders have access to effective remedies and reparation for such abuses.

Also addressed to the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders was a written statement submitted earlier this month concerning legislative restrictions on ‘homosexual propaganda’ that threaten LGBT human rights defenders.

SouthernAfrica-HRC22-IDItem3-SRHRDs-Non-LegalSubmission-2013 (download oral statement in PDF)

For the written statement click here


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