International civil society implementing the EU Human Rights Defenders mechanism

About us

ProtectDefenders.eu is the European Union Human Rights Defenders mechanism, established to protect defenders at high risk and facing the most difficult situations worldwide. Led by a Consortium of 12 NGOs active in the field of Human Rights.

ProtectDefenders.eu provides a stable, comprehensive and gender-sensitive EU support to individuals and local actors who strive to promote and defend human rights worldwide.

ProtectDefenders.eu is committed to reaching Human Rights Defenders working in remote areas and countries where it is particularly dangerous to work in human rights defence. It also focuses on defenders who are especially targeted, including women human rights defenders, defenders of LGBTI rights, land and environmental rights defenders, economic and social rights defenders, defenders of minorities, lawyers, and those fighting for freedom of expression and association.

ProtectDefenders.eu is supported by the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR), which provides for 95% of its funding.

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Our mission

Operating a permanent and rapid response mechanism to provide emergency support and material assistance to Human Rights Defenders in danger, their families and their work.

Managing a support programme of temporary relocation for Human Rights Defenders at risk to relocate inside their country, within their region or abroad in case of urgent threat.

Supporting and coordinating an exchange platform for organisations and stakeholders working on temporary relocation for Human Rights Defenders,including through the EU temporary relocation platform

Providing training, support and capacity building to Human Rights Defenders and local organisations

Monitoring the situation of human rights defenders and advocates for a protection agenda for Human Rights Defenders at local, regional and international level

Promoting coordination between organisations dedicated to support for Human Rights Defenders, EU institutions and other relevant actors