I am an independent consultant based in The Hague, The Netherlands.  Through my work, I aim to help build the international human rights movement.  In particular, I aim to promote the rights of human rights defenders, leading to the full realization of the United Nations Declaraton on Human Rights Defenders.  This declaration was adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations on 9 December 1998, elaborating on the right to defend human rights andn the obligations of states to support the work of human rights defenders.