On a range of issues, human rights defenders play a critical role in ensuring that laws, policies, regulations and standards – whether set at the global, regional or national level – are consistent with human rights. Where human rights defenders are absent from policymaking, there is a risk that important policy decisions will be made on the basis of political expediency, rather than the promotion and protection of human rights. The capacity of
human rights defenders to input into and scrutinise laws, policies, regulations and standards depends on their having a sufficient level of knowledge of the subject, the issues, and the relevant stakeholders and institutions.
The aim of this guide, therefore, is to equip human rights defenders with the information they need to be able to engage with, advocate to and inform policymakers on encryption.
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