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TOPIC 1: Defending the Defenders, the rights of human rights defenders

Human rights are among the founding values of the French Republic and their respect is central to the exercise of democracy in France, just as their establishment has been central in the past to the very birth of the democratic process in the country. Indeed, France prides itself with having established as early as in 1793, a Declaration of Human Rights which later became the preamble of the current French Constitution.

France’s constant commitment in the more recent years consisted in the ratification of the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment creating by statute in 2007 the national mechanism for the prevention of torture provided for in the Protocol, the ratification of the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance in 2008, after having worked for the adoption of the Convention for more than 30 years, the ratification of the second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights in 2007, and furthermore in its full cooperation with the Human Rights Council and all United Nations investigation mechanisms. France is therefore particularly attached to the international system for promoting and protecting human rights, considering itself to this extent as a “human rights defender Nation”.

With such ...