Threats to Civil Society and Human Rights Defenders Worldwide
Please join the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission for a hearing on threats and restrictions faced by civil society and human rights defenders worldwide.
A dynamic and autonomous civil society – including non-governmental organizations (NGOs), activists, journalists, and human rights defenders – plays an important role in strengthening democracies and ensuring that human rights are protected. Recently enacted laws and pending legislation in some countries are severely limiting the ability of NGOs to operate freely, independently and effectively. On a more individual level, human rights defenders and their families are sometimes harassed, imprisoned, tortured, and even killed because of their work.
In addition to assessing these issues from a global perspective, this hearing will examine the impact of restrictive civil society legislation on human rights work in Ethiopia as well as the threats against human rights defenders and activists in Colombia.
If you have any questions, please contact the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission at 202-225-3599 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Donald Steinberg, Deputy Administrator, U.S. Agency for International Development
Michael H. Posner, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, U.S. Department of State
Tomicah Tillemann, Senior Advisor to the Secretary for Civil Society and Emerging Democracies, U.S. Department of State