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UN releases essential guide to understanding human rights

How well do we know our rights? What does it mean to have the right to be protected, to protest, to have freedom of association, or the right to talk to international bodies? United Nations Special Rapporteur Margaret Sekaggya has launched an essential guide to the right to defend human rights, aimed at supporting increasing understanding of the UN Declaration on human rights defenders and awareness of the dangers they face.

The 100-page downloadable document maps out the rights provided for in the declaration, analyses what these rights entail, what is needed to ensure their implementation, and addresses the most common restrictions and violations faced by defenders.

The guide is also a "comprehensive reference document for journalists covering the situation of human rights defenders in their countries, their regions and the world," said Sekaggya.

Commentary to the declaration on human rights defenders

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