Challenges and Support to Human Rights Defenders in Times of Pandemic 5 May 2021 | 4 – 5 p.m. CET – online

Challenges and Support to Human Rights Defenders in Times of Pandemic 5 May 2021 | 4 – 5 p.m. CET – online

Kindly Invite You to a Webinar on Challenges and Support to Human Rights Defenders in Times of Pandemic 5 May 2021 | 4 – 5 p.m. CET
Last year, in every region, human rights defenders have faced increased intimidation and attacks, while civic space has continued to erode in many parts of the world. Risks have worsened for human rights defenders as the COVID-19 pandemic broke into the daily lives of communities and determined the political agenda at the national and international levels. In this context, has continued to offer life-saving support to hundreds of human rights defenders, their families, and their communities, and enabled thousands of them to continue their human rights work with a higher level of security.

In this webinar, Laura Battistin, Head of Secretariat of, will explore the challenges faced by human rights defenders on a daily basis and some of the support provided by international organisations, including partners of A Q&A with the audience will follow the presentation. About the Speaker

Laura Battistin is the Head of Secretariat of, the EU Human Rights Defenders mechanism. It was established in 2015 to protect human rights defenders at high risk and facing the most difficult situations worldwide. Laura has twelve years of experience working with international organisations in the field of human rights and labour rights. For seven years she worked in China, where she collaborated with human rights defenders and local NGOs on several programmes. Register Now The event is co-organized by the Working Group on Human Rights and Sustainable Development of the Global Forum for Law, Justice and Development and the Policy Research Group on a Human Rights Based Approach to Development.

The Working Group is coordinated by the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, the Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies (University of Leuven), the World Bank Human Rights, Inclusion and Empowerment Umbrella Program, and the World Bank Legal Vice Presidency. The Working Group seeks to explore the legal, policy and operational links between human rights and sustainable development.
The Policy Supporting Research (PSR) Group, a consortium of Belgian Universities, aims to provide science-based policy support to the department on development cooperation of the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs with regard to human rights and development cooperation. The PSR Group is supported by ARES-CCD, Académie de Recherche et D’Enseignement Supérieur-Commission de la coopération au développement.  

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