Human Rights Defenders Under Attack: Where Are We Now?

Accountability Under Human Rights Law

Thursday, May 18, 2023, 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET

Co-sponsored by the ABA International Law Section International Human Rights Committee and Women’s Interest Network

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Human Rights Defenders globally continue to face attacks on account of their advocacy and work. This program will explore the present situation in two South American countries, Colombia and Venezuela, and avenues of accountability under international human rights instruments. What has contributed to these violations of human rights norms, how have local authorities failed to act and how can the international legal system provide protection for victims of these human rights abuses?


Cyreka C. Jacobs, Dispute Division Chair, ABA International Law Section


Holly Dranginis, Legal Advisor for Latin America and the Caribbean, ABA Center for Human Rights,Justice Defenders Program

Geoff Ramsey, Senior Fellow, Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center, Atlantic Council

Claret Vargas, PhD, Senior Staff Attorney, Center for Justice and Accountability

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