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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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Coronavirus crisis 


News & Tweets from human rights defenders

March 27

COVID-19 outbreak: A message from

Amidst the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are taking all the necessary measures to maintain the global protection programmes in support of human rights defenders and local communities at risk. - the European Union Human Rights Defenders mechanism, remains operational despite the coronavirus crisis. We continue focused on maintaining our support to human rights defenders at risk and taking the necessary measures to safeguard our staff. Some of our activities, however, might be impacted. 

Our emergency support programmes - including the 24/7 hotline, remain available, as well as our funding for human rights organisations and groups operating in repressive contexts. We will continue to receive requests for temporary relocation for at-risk defenders - and their families when possible, in partnership with host institutions worldwide, and we will process them as long as movement limitations in place in part of the world allow.

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Ideas & tips from Front Line Defenders for HRDs in times of COVID-19

Read the full Front Line Defenders' article "Physical, emotional and digital protection while using home as office in times of COVID-19" to get some practical ideas to better cope with your work in defense of human rights and the security, physical, and emotional implications related to the limitations and restrictions imposed by the coronavirus outbreak.

"A global pandemic is a new situation for all of us. Most of us already are or soon may be forced to start working remotely. Many will use their home as an office. In some places, there is no doubt this crisis will be abused to further repress human rights defenders (HRDs) and human rights organisations (HROs) like many other crisis situations have been used in the past. Physical and emotional environments are also very different for each of us..."

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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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Together with human rights defenders worldwide


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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