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[Webinar and HRC46 Side Event] Protection for Human Rights Defenders in Asia: At the frontlines of movements for human rights and democracy

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Date: Thursday, 4 March 2021

Time: 1.00 – 2.30 PM (CET) / 7.00 – 8.30 PM (ICT)

Venue: Zoom / Facebook Live and Twitter Live via FORUM-ASIA


At least 656 cases of violations against human rights defenders were recorded by FORUM-ASIA in 2020. In such cases, those who stood up for rights faced judicial harassment, arbitrary arrests and intimidation, intimidation and threats and physical violence.

While these findings paint a grim scenario for defenders, many remain determined in their fight to ensure human rights are realised, as reflected by many grassroots movements that have risen across Asia.

Join this webinar as we reflect on the situation of human rights defenders, highlight cases of attacks against defenders working to protect human rights across Asia and provide concrete recommendations to civil society organisations, UN member states, UN agencies, and businesses.

• Mary Lawlor, UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders
• Fatia Maulidiyanti, Coordinator, Commission for the Disappeared and Victims of Violence
(KontraS), Indonesia
• Khin Ohmar, Chairperson, Progressive Voice, Myanmar
• Henri Tiphagne, Executive Director, People’s Watch, India

Moderator: Benny Agus Prima, Senior Programme Officer, FORUM-ASIA

This 46th Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council Side-Event is co-organised by FORUM-ASIA and CIVICUS.