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Because of their work, Human Rights Defenders are often subject to persecution and harassment, punishment, arbitrary arrest or detention, especially in countries lacking an effective rule of law

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October 31

One year anniversary of the HRD World Summit and The Action Plan - Spread the message!

On the occasion of the Human Rights Defenders World Summit 2018’s first anniversary, and the Summit's convening group are publishing a summary of the Summit and relaunching the Action Plan, a key document that was adopted by hundreds of HRDs and organizations attending the Paris Summit, with a series of recommendations that need to be put into practice urgently.

As human rights defenders continue to be discriminated, intimidated, harassed, criminalized and killed on an alarming scale and those suffering intersecting forms of discrimination are at an even higher risk, action to tackle this scourge needs to be taken urgently. This Action Plan is a powerful tool to address those with power: States, businesses, financial institutions, donors and intergovernmental organizations. Since the action plan was adopted, this document has already been presented to the United Nations General Assembly and has been regularly referred to in advocacy work at the national level and in our work as international civil society organizations.

This document constitute a key tool to be used in our everyday activism and ensure that the right to defend human rights is upheld. 

You can consult and download this material, available at the moment in English, French, and Spanish.

You can also relive the highlights of the HRD World Summit

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Seminar "Well-being and psychosocial support of human rights defenders enrolled in relocation programmes", 22 October 2019 Barcelona, with the support of Agència Catalana de Cooperació al Desenvolupament and Comissió Catalana d'Ajuda al Refugiat,is organising the seminar "Well-being and psychosocial support of human rights defenders enrolled in relocation programmes", next Tuesday, 22 October 2019 in Barcelona. 

Human rights defenders, experts in psychosocial aspects of temporary relocation, as well as members of the EUTRP and other local entities will exchange and share their views on how to best address the well-being and psychosocial challenges during the cycle of temporary relocation of human rights defenders. Interpretation available English/ Spanish. Limited places available, registration required by 17 October 2019

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Providing support to local human rights organisations in the implementation of their activities

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International civil society implementing the EU Human Rights Defenders mechanism.

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Reaching out Human Rights Defenders working in remote areas and countries where it is particularly dangerous to work

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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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