GANHRI urges all States to address challenges faced by child and youth human rights defenders at HRC55 


12th March 2024 – At the 55th Human Rights Council, GANHRI welcomed the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders’ report which focused on challenges faced by child and youth human rights defenders. 

In a statement we shared the Special Rapporteur’s concern about the legal and societal barriers preventing the participation of young people in civic space, and the various forms of reprisals they can face as a result of their human rights work.

We welcomed the mention of the role that many national human rights institutions play in providing and facilitating access to complaint mechanisms to child and youth defenders in the report. 

We urged all States to take concrete steps to address the specific challenges faced by child and youth human rights defenders, in line with the recommendations of the report. This includes the adoption of laws and policies addressing their specific protection needs and allowing the better integration of child and youth defenders in all decision-making processes. 

GANHRI, its members and regional networks will continue to support the mandate of the Special Rapporteur, and work with all its partners to ensure that the rights of all those who defend our rights are effectively protected.

GANHRI statement HRC55