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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.
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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
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.