Mary Lawlor takes up post as UN special rapporteur for human rights defenders

May 7, 2020

Mary Lawlor

Mary Lawlor

Mary Lawlor takes up her post as UN special rapporteur for human rights defenders, reportes the Irish Legal on 6 May 2020 [see also: https://humanrightsdefenders.blog/2020/03/16/good-breaking-news-mary-lawlor-the-new-un-special-rapporteur-for-human-rights-defenders/].  In spite of all the (sometimes understandable) criticism of the UN and its procedures, I would like to put on record that in my view the UN has made excellent appointments when it comes the big majority of special rapporteurs and espescially with regard to this mandate for human rights defenders which originated in 2000.

Mary Lawlor

Ms Lawlor has decades of experience in human rights, having helped to grow Irish-based NGOs as a previous director of Amnesty International in Ireland and a founder of Front Line Defenders (FLD). She led FLD from 2001 until her retirement in 2016, overseeing its growth to become a global organisation providing resources for the protection and security of human rights defenders (HRDs) at risk. Ms Lawlor helped spearhead civil society efforts to bring the EU Guidelines on Human Rights Defenders into effect and became a recognised leader in focusing on attention on the unique protection needs of HRDs. Congratulating Ms Lawlor on her appointment, Tánaiste and Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney said: “Mary has been a tireless advocate for human rights for over 40 years both in Ireland and overseas. “This appointment is deserving recognition of her work and that of the organisation she founded – Front Line Defenders – supporting human rights defenders at risk around the world.

 

https://www.irishlegal.com/article/mary-lawlor-takes-up-post-as-un-special-rapporteur-for-human-rights-defenders

3 Responses to “Mary Lawlor takes up post as UN special rapporteur for human rights defenders”


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