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Jean-Daniel VIGNY

June 2016

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Senior expert in international human rights law (also in connection with international humanitarian, criminal and refugee laws) as member of the International Bureau of FIACAT in Paris since July 2016 and of the Board of the International Service for Human Rights (ISHR) in Geneva since 2013 as well as for the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA). Former responsible for Switzerland’s international human rights policy at the FDFA (1980-2000) and former Minister in charge of human rights at the Swiss Missions to the United Nations in New York and Geneva (2000-2012).

No matter what colour, ethnicity, religion, conviction or opinion, each one of us is a potential human rights defender fighting very serious violations such as torture, enforced disappearances and death penalty. We are integral part of the civil society and committed - alone or collectively at the local, national, regional or international levels - to the protection and promotion of human rights. It’s our mission since the respect of civil, cultural, economic, political or social rights is indeed an essential contribution to peace and security in any country, in any region and thus in the world.

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