Human Rights Council Side Event: Ending reprisals - Discussion with Human Rights Defenders and Experts


Thursday, 21 September 2017 
Room XXI, Palais des Nations, Geneva

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The purpose of this discussion is to contribute to the critical debate on developing and strengthening procedures to prevent and address reprisals at the UN, ensuring that the voices of defenders are at the front and centre of the discussion. Furthermore, this panel coincides with the presentation of the Secretary-General’s annual report on Cooperation with the United Nations, its representatives and mechanisms in the field of human rights ('the reprisals report') at the Council's current session.


  • Michel Forst, UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders 
  • Peggy Hicks, Director of Thematic Engagement, Special Procedures and Right to Development Division, OHCHR
  • Claudia Samayoa (UDEFEGUA), Human Rights Defender from Guatemala
  • Ellecer Carlos (iDEFEND & PAHRA), Human Rights Defender from the Philippines
  • Woman human rights defender from Burundi, member of the MFFPS


  • Tess McEvoy, Legal Counsel, ISHR.

Attendance with UNOG pass only!

For those unable to attend, we invite you to follow the event on Twitter through @ISHRglobal #HRC36 #EndReprisals