UN Rights Rapporteurs Write to Centre Over Hidme Markam’s Arrest, Detention, Charges

The letter is signed by Mary Lawlor, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, Elina Steinerte, Vice-Chair of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, Irene Khan, Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, Clement Nyaletsossi Voule, Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, Fionnula Ní Aoláin, Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism, Dubravka Šimonovic, Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences, and Elizabeth Broderick, Chair-Rapporteur of the Working Group on discrimination against women and girls.
The UN Special Rapporteur has a mandate to promote the work of human rights defenders and protect defenders at risk. She does this in the context of the UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders adopted by consensus in 1998. She serves in a voluntary capacity and is independent of the UN, states and non-governmental organisations.
“Authorities were notified in advance of the event, which was to include songs, theatre and dance close to the site of a memorial to two young Adivasi women who had been killed after allegedly being subjected to sexual assault while in police custody,” the letter says.

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