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49696308 2427867497254438 3873073096600584192 oThe Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) is a network of Human Rights Organisations and Defenders established and registered in 2018 and officially launched on 11 December 2017, a day after the commemoration of the World Human Rights Day as a space to promote, among other rights, the enjoyment of the rights to freedom of expression, association and assembly by the civil society. The HRDC was established by the Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR), Centre for the Development of People (CEDEP) and the Malawi Law Society (MLS) following a UNDP-supported roundtable discussion on the civic space that was held on 13 December, 2016 in Lilongwe, attended by human rights defenders and journalists. The establishment of HRDC is in line with the UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders 1998 and the Commission’s Resolutions on Human Rights Defenders including ACHPR/Resolution 69(XXXV) 04, ACHPR/Resolution 119(XXXXII) 07, and ACHPR/Res.196 (L) 11. Its main objective is to respond to safety and security needs of HRDs and create an engagement platform for all Human Rights Defenders in Malawi. HRDC seeks to achieve its mission through civic education, research, capacity building, evidence-based advocacy and public interest litigation. The Human Rights Defenders forum is currently co-hosted by CHRR and CEDEP. Readmore