You have the right to defend rights

If you are a human rights defender at risk as a result of your work, ProtectDefenders.eu is to support you

Are you at risk or under threat? Our protection officers are available 24/7

We deliver grants for urgent protection measures. As each case is different, so are the grants

We enable temporary relocations away from risk, with the support of host entities from all over the world

We support your organisation or community to advance your human rights work

We enhance shelters for the temporary relocation of defenders and coordinate the exchange of experiences among host entities

And more: capacity-building, fieldwork, accompaniment, advocacy…

Empowering human rights defenders at risk worldwide

More than 40,000 defenders supported by ProtectDefenders.eu

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#China: 45 NGO are calling for the immediate release of journalist Zhang Zhan. Her health is at serious risk.

She has been detained for 491 days in retaliation to her reporting on... #COVID19 in Wuhan

#FacesOfHope

Our joint letter to President Xi Jinping 👇https://www.omct.org/en/resources/statements/china-joint-letter-urging-president-xi-jinping-to-release-journalist-zhang-zhan

🇹🇷#Türkiye: @OBS_defenders, @TJAMerkez Ayşe Gökkan'ın yargılandığı davanın duruşmasında polisin Diyarbakır Barosu Yönetim Kurulu üyeleri ve #İnsanHakları ... #avukatlarına yönelik fiziksel ve sözlü saldırısını kınıyor.

Daha fazla bilgi için👉https://www.fidh.org/tr/avrupa/turkiye/turkiye-durusma-salonunda-diyarbakir-barosu-yonetim-kurulu-uyeleri-ve

📢 ¡Comparte tus #poemas! Háblanos de las razones por las que defiendes #DerechosHumanos. Participa en el #RetodePoesía creado por @ProtectionInt, @ProtectHRD_EU y @UniOfYork...

👉https://protectdefenders.eu/reto-de-poesia-de-las-personas-defensoras-de-derechos-humanos/?lang=es

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Reaching out to those who are most at risk

Our programmes and staff are trained to respond to the specific needs of women human rights defenders, as well as LGTBI+ defenders, in all their diversity, through differentiated, flexible, and jointly defined and gender-sensitive protection strategies.

We seek to support and reach out to those defenders who are more isolated and less connected, and those who are particularly targeted and face specific risk, such as environmental, land, and indigenous peoples’ rights defenders; defenders operating in conflict areas, or defenders with disabilities.

The ProtectDefenders.eu Index of Alerts

4.095
Attacks against HRDS

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(Year 2021)

Alerts by region
(Year 2021)

Field monitoring and advocacy

We monitor the situation of at-risk defenders on-site and carry out advocacy work to mobilise protection and adequate responses to their cases. Together, we call for an environment conducive to the defence of rights

Turkey: Ongoing Crackdown Poses Existential Threat to Independent Civil Society
Turkey: Ongoing Crackdown Poses Existential Threat to Independent Civil Society

Year: 2021 Partner: The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders (A OMCT/FIDH initiative)

In Israel, campaigns to discredit Israeli, Golan and Palestinian human rights defenders | An OBS Report
In Israel, campaigns to discredit Israeli, Golan and Palestinian human rights defenders | An OBS Report

Year: 2021 Partner: The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders (A OMCT/FIDH initiative)

Guatemala: One year after President Giammattei took office, violence against human rights defenders continues to rise
Guatemala: One year after President Giammattei took office, violence against human rights defenders continues to rise

Year: 2021 Partner: The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders (A OMCT/FIDH initiative)

“DOWN, BUT NOT OUT – Repression of human rights defenders in Cambodia”
“DOWN, BUT NOT OUT – Repression of human rights defenders in Cambodia”

Year: 2020 Partner: OMCT/FIDH initiative

The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders (A OMCT/FIDH initiative)
The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders (A OMCT/FIDH initiative)

Year: 2020 Partner: OMCT/FIDH

Indefensible: Iran’s systematic criminalisation of human rights defenders
Indefensible: Iran’s systematic criminalisation of human rights defenders

Year: 2019 Partner: The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders (A OMCT/FIDH initiative)

The 2019 CSO Law: Winds of change for human rights defenders in Ethiopia?
The 2019 CSO Law: Winds of change for human rights defenders in Ethiopia?

Year: 2019 Partner: The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders (A OMCT/FIDH initiative)

I’ll kill you along with drug addicts – President Duterte’s war on human rights defenders in the Philippines
I’ll kill you along with drug addicts – President Duterte’s war on human rights defenders in the Philippines

Year: 2019 Partner: The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders (A OMCT/FIDH initiative)

Their last stand? How human rights defenders are being squeezed out in Tajikistan
Their last stand? How human rights defenders are being squeezed out in Tajikistan

Year: 2019 Partner: The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders (A OMCT/FIDH initiative)

If you stand up for fundamental rights, you are a human rights defender

Regardless of whether you are a journalist, a farmer, a teacher, a committed citizen, a student, or a lawyer, regardless of your age, your background, your sexual orientation, your gender identity and expression, and of your sexuality. Regardless of whether you defend the rights of a minority, the environment, democracy, the rights of your land or your community, or any other rights.


You have the right not to be persecuted, attacked, or threatened. You have the right to no retaliation against you, your community, or your family. You have the right to be protected, empowered, enabled, and accompanied. You have the right to defend rights.

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