Sekaggya speaks out as UN Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders: singles out Tunisia and Gulf region

March 5, 2013

Margaret Sekaggya (UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré)

Margaret Sekaggya, UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, presented her report to the Human Rights Council in Geneva. She said inter alia that the response of law enforcement authorities in Tunisia to violations against human rights defenders appears ‘unsatisfactory’ and that the lack of independence of the judiciary is also a cause for concern. “I am concerned about the considerable polarization I observed in Tunisian society between secularists and Islamists, including so-called Salafists, a divide which also transpires to civil society. All stakeholders, including the international community, should work together to ensure dialogue, understanding and respect between different parts of society.”

Ms Sekaggya also told the Human Rights Council that she’s particularly concerned about the way human rights defenders are treated in countries in the Gulf region, especially in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. And on recent developments in Egypt she said that the considerable violence suffered by peaceful protesters, including gender-based violence against women human rights defenders, points to a situation that is getting out of hand.

To hear the radio interview of 1’32″ by Nicki Chadwick of UN Radio in Geneva go to and press LISTEN.

For the full report of the Special Rapporteur in PDF:


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