Mr. Michel Forst, former Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders

Mr. Michel Forst, former Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders © UN PhotoMr. Michel Forst of France was UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders from June 2014 to April 2020.

Mr. Forst has extensive experience on human rights issues, including human rights defenders, the rights of children with disabilities, extreme poverty, and the elderly.  He has held a number of leading positions within the field of human rights, including the French National Consultative Commission on Human Rights, the Cimade (Comité inter-mouvements auprès des évacués), UNESCO, the first World Summit on Human Rights Defenders (Paris), and Amnesty International (France).

From 2008 to 2013, Mr. Forst was the UN Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Haiti, and between 2012 and 2013 he was the Chair of the Coordination Committee of the Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council. 

He is also a former member of the Board of the International Service for Human Rights (Geneva) and a founding member of Front Line Defenders (Dublin).