Everyone has the right, individually and in association with others, to promote and to strive peacefully for the protection and realisation of human rights and fundamental freedoms at the national and international levels. States have a duty to protect these people.
The UN General Assembly adopted a resolution on this matter in 1998, establishing the first-ever international standards on the protection of HRD.
The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of HRD carries out regular country visits and acts as a contact point for complaints.
UN Declaration on the Protection of HRD, OHCHR
Who is a HRD, OHCHR
Webpage of the Special Rapporteur on the situation HRD, OHCHR