Mary Lawlor has a long experience working with the situation of human rights defenders. She is the founder and board member of the organization Front Line Defenders, which since 2001 has aimed at the provision of resources for the protection and security of human rights defenders at risk. Prior to the foundation of Front Line Defenders, Mary was director of the Irish Section of Amnesty International (1988-2000). Moreover, she played a leading role for the coming into effect of the EU Guidelines on Human Rights Defenders. Mary Lawlor has therefore enjoyed wide support within the international human rights movement.
The Norwegian Human Rights Fund are pleased to have had her on our Advisory Board the last years and are now looking forward to continue the collaboration with her in her new and highly important role!