You have the right to defend rights

If you are a human rights defender at risk as a result of your work, ProtectDefenders.eu is to support you

Are you at risk or under threat? Our protection officers are available 24/7

We deliver grants for urgent protection measures. As each case is different, so are the grants

We enable temporary relocations away from risk, with the support of host entities from all over the world

We support your organisation or community to advance your human rights work

We enhance shelters for the temporary relocation of defenders and coordinate the exchange of experiences among host entities

And more: capacity-building, fieldwork, accompaniment, advocacy…

Empowering human rights defenders at risk worldwide

More than 40,000 defenders supported by ProtectDefenders.eu

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Human rights organisations and communities at risk continue operating

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📢📢CALL FOR NOMINATIONS:

Nominations for the 2023 Front Line Defenders Award is now open - honoring HRDs courageously contributing to the protection of human rights, often ...at great personal risk to themselves.

See more details and nominate an HRD here:

https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/front-line-defenders-award

On International Women Human Rights Defenders Day, we celebrate and thank women who defend human rights for all. Today is also a day to remind states of their responsibility to ...protect the rights of #WHRDs and their right to defend human rights. #RDHR #OrangeTheWorld #YesAllWomen

Violence against women and girls continues to be amplified in digital spaces. Women human rights #defenders, women lawyers & journalists and women and girls belonging to ...minority groups are often targets. https://twitter.com/UN_SPExperts/status/1596091246119903233

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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.

The ProtectDefenders.eu Index of Alerts

4.428
Attacks against HRDS

Type of alert
(Year 2021)

Alerts by region
(Year 2021)

Field monitoring and advocacy

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

Protection International “Redifining the Risk Approach – Designing and implementing a human rights defender-centric approach to protection”
Protection International “Redifining the Risk Approach – Designing and implementing a human rights defender-centric approach to protection”

The PI’s Risk Analysis and Protection Plan Principles are 21 concrete statements, which outline the most essential and foundational concepts behind implementing the risk approach for protection—from conducting a situated risk approach to building an effective protection plan.

Understanding Death Threats Against Human Rights Defenders – [Reflection Paper]
Understanding Death Threats Against Human Rights Defenders – [Reflection Paper]

Year: 2021. Partner: Protection International

Turkey: Ongoing Crackdown Poses Existential Threat to Independent Civil Society
Turkey: Ongoing Crackdown Poses Existential Threat to Independent Civil Society

Year: 2021 Partner: The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders (A OMCT/FIDH initiative)

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.

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