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Monday, May 11 • 11:00 - 12:30
1A: Using International Instruments for Local Solutions
Limited Capacity seats available

The UN Human Rights Council has passed resolutions to promote civic space and the UN Special Rapporteurs have presented reports on key topics affecting civil society freedoms.  But what impact do these documents have on the ground?  This session examines how international instruments can be used effectively to defend and promote civic space in the local context.

Resource Materials:

  1. Defending Civil Society Report
  2. Defending Civil Society Toolkit


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Ryota Jonen

Senior Manager, World Movement for Democracy
Ryota Jonen oversees the World Movement for Democracy’s efforts to facilitate exchanges of best practices and information among democracy and human rights activists and practitioners globally. Since 2008, he has managed the World Movement’s Defending Civil Society project, addressing... Read More →

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Ligia Bolivar

Director, Human Rights Center, Andres Bello Catholic University
Ms. Bolivar is a professor of Sociology and Human Rights at Venezuela's Andres Bello Catholic University, where she currently serves as Director of the Human Rights Center. She is also the founder of the Venezuelan Program on Education and Action on Human Rights (PROVEA). Previously... Read More →
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Federica Donati

Coordinator, Equality, Non-Discrimination and Participation Unit, Special Procedures Branch, UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
Federica Donati has been a human rights officer at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights for the past ten years. In this role, she has worked on the Asia-Pacific team and supported special procedures mechanisms of the UN Human Rights Council. Currently she coordinates... Read More →
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John Foley

Advocacy and Research Manager, East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project
John Foley is the Advocacy and Research Manager for the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project, and coordinates the organization’s national, regional, and international advocacy activities, including at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, and at the... Read More →
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Fawzi A. Guleid

Founder, Civic Space Institute
Fawzi Guleid is a democracy and governance specialist with 25 years’ experience in community organizing, advocacy, coalition building, and capacity building of civil society organizations in post conflict and transitional countries.  He conducts eight-week online knowledge-building... Read More →

Monday May 11, 2015 11:00 - 12:30 CEST
Room B1