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A discussion was held in Norway on the role of international non-governmental organizations and coalitions in defense of human right activists in different countries

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A workshop dedicated to international non-governmental organizations and coalitions in defense of human right activists took place in Oslo (Norway) on September, 3 -5.

The workshop was organized by "FrontLine Defenders", the Irish Non-Governmental Organization specializing in assistance and defense of human right activists in different regions of the World.
The purpose of this meeting was to gather the representatives of different networks and coalitions such as Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Human Rights First, International Federation for Human Rights, Human Rights House Network, International Commission of Jurists, International Service for Human Rights, etc.
Apart from these networks the International YHRM was presented at the workshop as a network of organizations which are engaged in defense of human right activists and give support to the activists in difficult situations.
At the workshop Anna Dobrovolskaya, a member of Coordination Council of YHRM and a participant of the team on Human Rights activists defense, presented the accomplishments of YHRM in this field, and also reported about the problems concerning the work of human right activists and human right organizations in Russia and in NIS region in general.
"Our main purpose was to share the experience on urgent measures in rendering mutual assistance and solidarity and discuss all feasible system actions that could be carried out to improve the human right activists' status throughout the world. Unfortunately I was the only participant from Eastern Europe and although I tried to describe the challenges specific for our region, but in general the discussion was focused on global, international issues. It was interesting but at the same time it was difficult to plan any further mutual actions, said Anna.
Special attention was paid to the support of the universal mechanisms which are effective all over the world, such as UN special rapporteur for human right activists defense, UN Guidelines for human right activists defense, etc.

One of the main topics was joining efforts on urgent reaction in cases of any pressure and threat occurrence. For instance, last year Coalition for female human right activists defense was formed with the exact same purpose.
Another hot topic of this meeting was the idea of consolidation efforts of different regulatory agencies in reaction to such cases. The workshop participants will continue to co-operate in this matter.