The role of embassies in defending civic space and human rights – when does it work?

The role of embassies in defending civic space and human rights – when does it work?

10:00 AM 22 september, 2017

The purpose of the session is to reflect on how pressure from the international community can be effective in defending and upholding human rights as international law, and on the need for systematic and strategic approaches in embassies and delegations to support activists and counteract violations against democratic space.
Topics could include:
–         What´s needed to make the role of embassies effective in supporting civic space and human rights – what are best practices?
–         What is needed from back-donors to support strategic, systematic and brave action from all embassies – where are the gaps to make best practice the practices of all embassies?

 The methodology will be beehive discussions, presentation of a country case and a discussion with a group of panelists representing different perspectives on the topic of the role of embassies and delegations at country level, in relation to democratic space and human rights.

Speakers and facilitator:
Leonardo González Perafán, lawyer, researcher and analyst,Indepaz, Colombia
Anna-Maj Hultgård, deputy head of the unit of HR and Intl law at MoFA and former ambassador of Sweden to Cambodia
Karine Sohet, Senior Policy Officer EU Development Policy and Practice, Act Alliance
Ulf Schyldt, author
Moderator: Malin Oud, Raoul Wallenberg Institute

Organizer/s: Members of Concord Sweden´s working group on civic space: Action Aid, Church of Sweden, Diakonia, FIAN, Forum Syd, IKFF, Kvinna till Kvinna, Plan International Sweden, PMU, Raoul Wallenberg Institute, Save the Children, Swedish International Liberal Centre, Solidarity Sweden-Latin America, Swedish Mission Council, Världsnaturfonden WWF 

Key/search words for this session: Embassies, human rights, shrinking space, democratic space, international community

This session is held under Chatham House rules, which means that information disclosed during the session may be spread by those present, but the source of that information may not be explicitly or implicitly identified.