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“The Future of Global Human Rights Discourse: Trends & Challenges” – A Public Lecture by Mr. Michel Forst

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The Future of Global Human Rights Discourse: Trends & Challenges

A public lecture co-organised by the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) and ASIA Centre

Saturday, 27 May 2017, 16:00-18:00 at ASIA Centre, Bangkok

The mandate on the situation of human rights defenders was established in 2000 by the Commission on Human Rights (as a Special Procedure) to support implementation of the 1998 Declaration on human rights defenders.

In June 2014, Mr. Michel Forst was appointed by the President of the Human Rights Council as the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders. Mr. Forst has extensive experience on human rights issues, including human rights defenders, the rights of children with disabilities, extreme poverty, and the elderly. He has held a number of leading positions within the field of human rights, including the French National Consultative Commission on Human Rights, the Cimade (Comité inter-mouvements auprès des évacués), UNESCO, the first World Summit on Human Rights Defenders (Paris), and Amnesty International (France).

The public lecture will analyse the contemporary human rights challenges linked to his mandate. It will be open to students, journalists, academics, civil society, and to the public at large.


Mr. Michel Forst, UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders

Contact persons:

ASIA Centre, phone: +66 (0) 2-129-3773, e-mail: [email protected]

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FORUM-ASIA is a network of human rights organisations across Asia. FORUM-ASIA works to promote and protect human rights, including the right to development, through collaboration and cooperation among human rights organisations and defenders in Asia and beyond.

ASIA Centre is a social enterprise that seeks to improve the lives of people in the region through innovative and collaborative partnerships. It serves as a think-tank, regional hub, project partner and meeting space.