National Security and Human Rights Defenders: UN Side Event

A major side event at the Human Rights Council, featuring current and former UN Special Rapporteurs together with human rights defenders from Swaziland and Zimbabwe, will discuss national security and human rights defenders, on 10 March.

The ICJ joins Article 19, FIDH, ISHR, and OMCT, in supporting the side event.

The panel discussion will feature:

  • Michel Forst, UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders
  • Tanele Maseko, campaigner for the release of her detained husband, Swaziland lawyer Thulani Maseko (pictured – see recent submission on his case here)
  • Jimena Reyes, Director of Americas Desk, FIDH
  • Hina Jilani, Pakistani human rights lawyer and former UN Special Representative on Human Rights Defenders (and member of the ICJ Executive Committee)
  • Roselyn Hanzi, Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights
  • Gerald Staberock, Director, World Organisation against Torture

The side event will take place Tuesday, 10 March, from 15h00 to 16h30, at Palais des Nations, Geneva, Room XI.