Call For Questionnaire Replies from Defenders Working on Human Rights, Women's Rights & Gender Issues

Urgent- From UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders

Replies due on December 3, 2010

From: Dolores Infante Canibano dInfante@ohchr.org

Subject: Questionnaire from SR to defenders: women defenders and those working on women's rights and gender issues

Cc: defenders@ohchr.org

Questionaires attached in English, French, & Spanish.

Dear Defenders,

With a view to assessing progress made by States in meeting their obligations under the Declaration on Human Rights Defenders, my next report to the Human Rights Council, due in March 2011, will focus on women human rights defenders and those defenders working on women’s rights and gender-issues. The report will seek, in particular, to identify the specific risks women defendersand those defenders working on women’s rights and gender-issues face as well as their specific security and protection needs.

To this end, I would be grateful if you could answer the attached questionnaire, which I shall then annex to my report for illustrative purposes. I have also requested information from member States. My report will later be made public on my website: http://www2.ohchr.org/english/issues/defenders/annual.htm.

I would greatly appreciate receiving your responses at your earliest possible convenience, preferably no later than 3 December 2010. Responses received after this date will not be reflected in her 2011 report. Responses may be addressed to the Special Rapporteur at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights defenders@ohchr.org; fax: +41 22 917 90 06).

Sincerely,

Margaret Sekaggya
Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders