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The Special Rapporteurs
First broadcast September 2006

A human rights activist and a banner for the World Social Forum
Special rapporteurs are appointed by the United Nations to monitor and report on how people's human rights are protected or violated.

The job combines diplomatic and investigative skills, the work is hard, and at times it is hazardous.

In this three-part series, Gemma Mortensen meets the special rapporteurs for racism, defence of human rights and violence against women.

Part Two - Human Rights Defenders

Hina Jilani is the Special Rapporteur for the defence of human rights. In this programme, Mortensen meets her in her home country of Pakistan.

Hina lives with an armed guard for protection. One of the reasons for this level of security is her ongoing fight for women's rights in Pakistan. In Lahore, the programme travels to the women's refuge she set up that has offered much needed support for women fleeing violence.

Mortensen talks to one young woman held captive by her own family with just tea and water to live on for nine months.

We follow Hina as she goes from Lahore to Karachi to the World Social Forum where human rights defenders from all over the globe congregate to voice their concerns.

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