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UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders visits India

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UN SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR ON THE SITUATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS IN INDIA
ON FACT-FINDING MISSION

The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders carried out a fact-finding mission in India from 10 to 21 January 2011. She issued her preliminary observations and recommendations at a press conference held in New Delhi on 21 January.

WGHR commends the Special Rapporteur for the successful completion of her fact-finding mission to India and welcomes her preliminary observations concerning the WGHR PR 25.01.11_final

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.
PROFILE OF MS. SEKKAGYA

Ms. Margaret Sekaggya was appointed Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders by the Human Rights Council in 2008. Ms.Sekaggya is a magistrate from Uganda and was the Chairperson of the Uganda Human Rights Commission from 1996 to 2008. She is also a member of the United Nations High Level Task Force on the Implementation of the Right to Development. She is conversant with the work of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, the African Union, the African Peer Review Mechanism and the New Partnership for Africa’s Development. She has also participated in the drawing up of a Bill of Rights for the East African Community. Furthermore, she has experience on the human rights situation concerning groups like people affected and infected with HIV/AIDS, the disabled, children, women and the elderly.