Posts Tagged ‘policy’

Canada joins select group of Governments with Guidelines on human rights defenders

December 13, 2016

On 7 December 2016 the Government of Canada published Guidelines on Human Rights Defenders. It joins a limited number of Governments with a specific policy on human rights defenders (not just human rights in general) such as Norway, the Netherlands, Ireland, Switzerland and Austria, although they differ a bit in the degree of detail. And there are of course the EU Guidelines.[] and those of the OSCE: Read the rest of this entry »

New Pakistani Government wants to do away with Ministry of Human Rights

August 5, 2013

Several newspapers and NGOs, including the Asian Human Rights Commission, have criticized the new government of  Pakistan for deciding to do away with the Ministry of Human Rights and merge it with the Ministry of Justice. Read the rest of this entry »

Bradley Manning not a Prisoner of Conscience for Amnesty International ?

June 4, 2013


(Bradley Manning – (c) US Army)

With the trial of Bradley Manning coming up, there is a wide-ranging and not always educating discussion raging on LinkedIn and other fora about why he is not a ‘prisoner of conscience’ for AI. Two of the few more substantive but not very flattering statements – in the absence of a formal reply by AI of course – are reported here, but I should point out that the authors are even more scathing about HRW or other large NGOs: Read the rest of this entry »

Women human rights defenders: Empowering and protecting the change-makers on Vimeo

November 23, 2012

PBI UK put on VIMEO an interesting panel discussion on Women Human Rights Defenders. It is over an hour long and you need good broadband access to see it properly.


Chair: Dr Sarah Wollaston MP (5 mins)

1. Jivka Petkova, Gender Advisor on Human Rights and Democracy, European External Action Service. “Protecting and supporting WHRDs through the EU.”

2. Dolores Infante, Assistant to the UN Special Rapporteur on HRDs. “An overview of the work of the Special Rapporteur’s office on addressing risks faced by WHRDs.”

3. Kathryn Lockett, Advisor, Violence Against Women and Girls, Conflict, Humanitarian and Security Department, DFID. “DFID’s work on tackling Violence Against Women and Girls: the role of WHRDs”.

4. Amy Clemitshaw, Deputy Head of Human Rights and Democracy Department, FCO. “The UK’s use of the EU human rights guidelines overseas to support human rights defenders.”

Panel 1 – Women human rights defenders: Empowering and protecting the change-makers on Vimeo on Vimeo

Advisory Council issues report on The Human Rights of the Dutch Government

May 31, 2011

The Netherlands – of which I am still a loyal citizen – has an Advisory Council on International Affairs and it is regularly asked for advice by the Government. This time the Council, at least its Committee on Human Rights, did not wait for the new Government to ask but decided spontaneously to react to the first pronouncements of the Government and the first parliamentary debates.  The Council also wanted to beat the deadline for input into the Policy Document on Human Rights Policy that the Government promised to send to the Parliament on 1 April 2011. It has become a short but powerful document (30 pages) and is worth reading in its totality. The Human Rights Committee has a membership that includes most Dutch Human Rights experts such as Cees Flinterman, Jenny Goldschmidt, Willem van Genugten, Nico Schrijver, Verrijn Stuart and Menno Kamminga. You can order your copy free of charge from the Council: AIV, PO Box 20061, 2500 EB The Hague, email: Or go to the website: