Model Law

Model law

The legal recognition and protection of defenders is crucial to ensuring that they can work in a safe, supportive environment and be free from attacks, reprisals and unreasonable restrictions.

This 'Model National Law on the Recognition and Protection of Human Rights Defenders' was developed in collaboration with over 500 defenders from every region. The Model Law was settled and adopted by 28 of the world's leading human rights experts and jurists in 2016. It is intended to guide and assist States and other actors to ensure the full and effective of the UN Declaration on the Right and Responsibility of Individuals, Groups and Organs of Society to Promote and Protect Universally Recognized Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (the UN Declaration on human rights defenders) at the national level. 

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