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Protecting environmental defenders

The recently-elected Special Rapporteur on environmental defenders, Michel Forst, met FRA Director Michael O’Flaherty on 19 January in Vienna.

They discussed cooperation with FRA and his new mandate. They exchanged information on the overlap between the challenges of human rights defenders and environmental defenders.

They also discussed how to further include environmental defenders into FRA’s work on civic space. FRA has recently also started working on the issue of environmental rights.