The Human Rights Defenders World Summit was held on October 29th to 31st in Paris. The conference celebrated the progress made in protecting human rights defenders (HRDs) since the signing of the Declaration on Human Rights Defenders on 9 December 1998. It was also an opportunity for HRDs to collectively reflect on and address the current and future challenges facing them. Following three days of discussion between human rights defenders, institutions and civil society members, States weree called on to reaffirm their commitment to better protecting human rights defenders by adopting an action plan aimed at guaranteeing a favourable working environment for HRD in the years to come.

The Human Rights Defenders World Summit paid homage to the courage of HRDs who work tirelessly every day for human rights, justice, freedom and equality. It was also be an opportunity to present a unified voice and demand that States, economic actors (companies, international financial institutions) and other stakeholders to take their responsibility to promote and protect HRDs seriously by ensuring a safe environment for their work.

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