Human Rights Council 52nd Session.
Item 3 - Interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur
on the situation of human rights defenders.
Statement delivered by Ambassador Tine Mørch Smith,
Permanent Representative of Norway on behalf of the Nordic Baltic countries: Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway and Sweden.
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15 March 2023
I have the honour of speaking on behalf of the Nordic and Baltic states.
We welcome the report of the Special Rapporteur, which again demonstrates the resourcefulness and tenacity of human rights defenders despite ongoing threats, harassment and violence, both online and offline.
The report recounts the achievements of human rights defenders, including women human rights defenders,
- to end discriminatory laws,
- to strengthen the rule of law by ensuring accountability and access to remedy,
- and to ensure that more people enjoy and benefit from the rights and protections afforded them.
We call on all States to acknowledge and protect human rights defenders and to support the renewal of the mandate. The mandate has again demonstrated its relevance and value.
Madame Special Rapporteur,
On the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights, and the 25th anniversary of the UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders, this report demonstrates the value of human rights to peace, security and sustainable development.
How can this Council best support human rights defenders in their efforts to bring about positive change?
I thank you.