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Emergency
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338
emergency grants allocated to human rights defenders at high risk in 64 countries

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granted to 36 local human rights projects in the field, including lifeline supports

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individuals relocated away from danger within the Temporary Relocation Programme

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5,000
human rights defenders benefited from urgent mobilisation, advocacy actions and outreach initiatives worldwide

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News & Tweets from human rights defenders

February 28

Elena Pershakova: A successful example of the Temporary Relocation Programme

Elena Pershakova, a Russian woman human rights defender defending the rights of citizens victims of law enforcement entities' abuses, has recently concluded a successful and fruitful temporary relocation stay in Georgia, funded by ProtectDefenders.eu with the support of the Tbilisi Shelter City programme.

Today, more than 550 human rights defenders at risk and their relatives from all corners of the globe have benefited from a temporary relocation grant from the EU Human Rights Defenders mechanism, allowing them to get away from a dangerous context and strengthen their skills and capacities to continue their work. 

 

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With the support of ProtectDefenders.eu, PBI raises concerns on the situation of defenders in Sierra Tarahumara before the UN Human Rights Council

With the support of a grant provided through ProtectDefenders.eu and as part of an advocacy speaking tour organized by PBI, the director of Alianza Sierra Madre, Isela González attended the 34th Human Rights Council session in Geneva, where the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, Michel Forst, presented his annual report, highlighting the grave human rights situation that environmental defenders face. 

In the interactive dialogue with SR Michel Forst, PBI expressed concerns on the worsening situation of human rights defenders in the Latin American region and specifically the murders of the environmental defenders, members of the raramuri community, Isidro Baldenegro and Juan Ontiveros, which happened within two weeks of each other in the Sierra Tarahumara, Mexico.

 

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Who are human rights defenders ?

People who, individually or collectively, work peacefully on behalf of others to promote and defend internationally recognised human rights.

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