October 29, 2013
by Bradley McAllister
Independent UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders Margaret Sekaggya on Tuesday emphasized the need for transparency and equality in large-scale construction projects that alter the environment of citizens in developing nations. Human rights defenders working on behalf of ...[read more]
October 17, 2013
by Laura Klein Mullen
Independent UN rights expert Margaret Sekaggya on Thursday called on the government of Togo to work towards providing an environment that allows human rights defenders to carry out their work. Sekaggya explained that this could be done by enforcing existing laws, avoiding stigma and fostering a ...[read more]
March 6, 2013
by Keith Herting
A human rights expert presented her report to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) Tuesday urging nations to provide a "bare minimum" legal framework to protect those working within their states to defend human rights. The report by Special Rapporteur on human rights defenders Margaret Sekaggya ...[read more]
July 9, 2012
by Sung Un Kim
Two UN Special Rapporteurs on Monday urged the government of Philippines to protect human rights defenders and ensure that they can pursue their work without interference. Margaret Sekaggya, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, and Christof Heyns, the Special ...[read more]
June 8, 2012
by Max Slater
A panel of UN human rights experts urged the government of Malaysia on Thursday to protect non-governmental organizations advocating for reform of the electoral process against acts of intimidation and harassment from various groups. The UN panel particularly urged Malaysian authorities to protect ...[read more]
April 14, 2012
by Dan Taglioli
Four independent UN human rights experts on Friday called for the immediate release of Bahraini human rights defender Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja, who is serving a life sentence for terrorism-related charges after being tried before the Bahrain military National Safety Court in June 2011. Special ...[read more]
March 6, 2012
by Jerry Votava
UN Special Rapporteur Margaret Sekaggya on Monday outlined the risks and challenges faced by human rights journalists and media workers, and called for additional protection of those workers. The report indicated that, "journalists and media workers active on human rights issues were subject to ...[read more]
October 25, 2011
by Sarah Posner
Human rights defenders are still harassed, attacked and killed more than a decade after the international declaration adopted for their protection, a UN rights expert said Monday. UN Special Rapporteur Margaret Sekaggya presented her fourth report on the right to defend human rights, which is ...[read more]
August 14, 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk
Three UN human rights experts on Thursday called on Iran's Revolutionary Court to reject confessions obtained through torture of protesters of the country's disputed presidential election. A joint statement from Special Rapporteur on torture Manfred Nowak, Vice-Chairperson of the Working ...[read more]
June 3, 2009
by Andrew Morgan
A UN human rights expert on Wednesday called on the government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to do more to protect human rights workers in the country, and to prosecute those who harm them. The Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders Margaret Sekaggya issued a ...[read more]

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