At the same time, we have the certainty that the issue of protecting ourselves as effectively as possible and addressing the threats of any kind that accompany the exercise of our function is not disconnected from our choice of the persons who will lead our professional association by collectively claiming support of our interests but, on the contrary, it is crucial, even at the level of pre-election commitments of the candidates who may determine the choices of many of us.
Hence this specific initiative addressed not only journalists, but also candidates for appointment to the ABA to take a stance and announce possible commitments related to the prospect of their election (a week after the Press Conference).
NB1: during the formulation of the proposal, a " Law Model " or "Model Law" (for the incorporation into national legal order of the UN Declaration on the Protection of Human RI) adopted by 27 high-level experts, was developed by the International Agency for Human Rights and included, inter alia, comparative legal research identifying both good practices and restrictive practices in the recognition and protection of defenders covering almost 40 national jurisdictions, interpersonal consultations with more than 500 human rights defenders from more than 110 countries, monitoring and review of comparative literature, extensive engagement of high-level human rights experts and a multitude of specialist lawyers.
NB3: The Centre for Social Work of the University of Essex also supports this initiative.
Let's not forget that, often, social workers who support marginalized communities and participate in movements for and field work on the realization of human rights, are targeted, harassed, victimized -exactly because of such work, and they therefore fall into the definition of HRDs, given by the UN.