Who will Defend Human Rights in order to Deliver the SDGs?
In April, Civil Rights Defenders took part in the Stockholm Development and Security Forum 2016. Together with Kvinna-till-Kvinna, we organised one of the sessions focusing on who will defend human rights in order to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals. We are very proud to have contributed to the work of human rights defenders who strive to address human rights issues in their respective communities.
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development implicitly and explicitly includes a number of human rights objectives, thereby linking the performance of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to national governments’ ability to meet certain human rights principals. This connection presupposes the existence of individuals and groups that scrutinize how, where and for whom development is achieved. These human rights defenders function both as watchdogs and advocates for the marginalized and oppressed.”
Civil Rights Defenders took part in the Stockholm Development and Security Forum 2016, that took place on April 5 and 6. The Forum is annually co-hosted by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) and the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs.
Civil Rights Defenders in collaboration with Kvinna-till-Kvinna organized one of the Forum’s sessions entitled “Who will Defend Human Rights in order to Deliver the SDGs?” Policy makers, researchers, and representatives of international organizations attended this round table discussion. Five of our partners from some of the countries where HRDs face momentous challenges were also in attendance as key speakers in sharing their role and experience. They were Shahla Ismayil (Azerbaijan), Yusuf Lule Mwatsefu (Kenya), Rajmonda Sylbije (Kosovo), Shui-Meng Ng (Laos), and Carmina Sanchez (Venezuela).
The discussion highlighted the close connection between human rights and the new Sustainable Development Goals, as well as the important role human rights defenders can play. With the global trend of shrinking space for civil society, successful implementation of the SDGs will require knowledge-based partnership with HRDs who are the first responders where violations occurred, circumstances deteriorate at their personal risk. The findings and recommendations came out of the discussion are included in the Forum’s Policy Brief attached here.
Civil Right Defenders is very proud to contribute to the work of human rights defenders who strive to address human rights issues in their respective communities.
We would like to thank SIPRI, Kvinna till Kvinna and all the participants contributed to this session.Categories: East Africa and Events.
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