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United Nations A /68/262 General Assembly Distr.: General 5 August 2013 Original: English Sixty-eighth session Item 69 (b) of the provisional agenda* Promotion and protection of human rights: human rights questions, including alternative approaches for improving the effective enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms Situation of human rights defenders Note by the Secretary-General The Secretary-General has the honour to transmit to the General Assembly the report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, Margaret Sekaggya, in accordance with Assembly resolution 66/164 . 13-41811 (E) 300813 *1341811* * A/68/150 .
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A/68/262 Report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders Summary The present report is the sixth and last report submitted by the current Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders to the General Assembly, in accordance with Assembly resolution 66/164 and Human Rights Council resolution 16/5. Section I of the report contains an introduction. In section II, the Special Rapporteur provides an initial assessment of her achievements, based on the vision she presented to the Assembly in 2008. In section III, she looks at the relationship between large-scale development projects and the activities of human rights defenders. In section IV, she sets out a human rights-based approach to development projects that she believes will allow for the meaningful and safe participation of human rights defenders at all stages of development projects. In section V, she provides conclusions and makes recommendations to various stakeholders, including in the context of the post-2015 development agenda. 13-41811 2 / 24
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A/68/262 I. Introduction 1. The present report is the sixth and last report submitted by the current Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders to the General Assembly, in accordance with Assembly resolution 66/164 of and Human Rights Council resolution 16/5. After providing an initial assessment of her achievements during the five years of her mandate (section II), the Special Rapporteur looks at the relationship between large-scale development projects and the activities of human rights defenders (section III) and sets out a human rights-based approach to development projects (section IV). Finally, she provides conclusions and makes recommendations (section V). 2. With regard to the thematic focus of the report, large-scale development projects and the activities of human rights defenders, the Special Rapporteur wishes to thank all Member States, national human rights institutions and non-governmental organizations that responded to the questionnaire on the topic. The information provided was taken into account in preparing the present report and the answers to the questionnaire are available from the section on the work of the Special Rapporteur of the website of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.
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