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THE EUROPEAN
UNION
HUMAN
RIGHTS
DEFENDERS
MECHANISM

THE EUROPEAN
UNION
HUMAN
RIGHTS
DEFENDERS
MECHANISM

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 and protecting human rights defenders at risk worldwide

More than 55,000 defenders supported by ProtectDefenders.eu

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Defenders receiving protection and development grants
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Defenders connected by advocacy and outreach actions, including in the most difficult places
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Human rights organisations and communities at risk continue operating

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🚀 ¡Anunciamos nuestra nueva investigación, 'El panorama de la financiación pública internacional para la defensa de los derechos humanos'! Descubre los hallazgos clave y ...únete a nosotros para apoyar a los defensores de los DDHH.

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🚀 Ravis d'annoncer notre nouvelle recherche, « Le Panorama du Financement International Public pour la Défense des Droits Humains ». Découvrez les pples conclusions et ...rejoignez-nous pour plaider en faveur d'un meilleur soutien aux DDH !

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We're deeply saddened by the passing of Christophe Deloire, Director General of @RSF_inter and a valued member of .

His commitment to protecting HRD journalists leaves a lasting ...legacy. Our heartfelt condolences go out to his loved ones & colleagues at RSF

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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

4.958
Attacks against HRDS

Type of alert
(Year 2023)

Alerts by region
(Year 2023)

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

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Visa for Defenders: International civil society organisations call for an effective and enabling EU Visa Framework for at-risk Human Rights Defenders
Visa for Defenders: International civil society organisations call for an effective and enabling EU Visa Framework for at-risk Human Rights Defenders

ProtectDefenders.eu is calling on all European Union actors to urgently implement all appropriate measures at all levels to develop and promote an enabling framework for human rights defenders to access visas for the EU

7 September, 2022 in 2022
Human Rights Defenders Poetry Book
Human Rights Defenders Poetry Book

 This book is a result of the Human Rights Defenders Poetry Challenge, where we asked HRDs to tell us their stories and reflect on their struggles in defending human rights.

22 June, 2022 in 2022
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.

20 September, 2021 in 2021

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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