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On the occasion of the second annual meeting of ProtectDefenders.eu, held on November, 8th, 2017, human rights defenders and grassroots activists, and representatives of various EU institutions involved in the protection of human rights defenders and current development agenda met in Brussels under the motto "Champions of change - Human rights defenders at the forefront of development and democracy". You can check out here the video of this unique occasion, which highlighted the fundamental role of human rights defenders as drivers of change in their societies, and as key actors in the frontlines of development, rule of law and democracy.
ProtectDefenders.eu conducted the opening lesson of the cluster on Human Rights Defenders, at the Venice Summer School of Human Rights. Together with the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, the session highlighted the importance and legitimacy of the work of human rights defenders, as well as their need for better protection, reviewing the international instruments available in their support and the current challenges.