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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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TWO
YEARS
 OF SUPPORT

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emergency support

MORE THAN
685
emergency grants allocated to human rights defenders at high risk

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temporary
relocation

MORE THAN
815
individuals relocated away from danger within the Temporary Relocation Programme

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supporting
organisations

MORE THAN
91 GRANTS
to local human rights projects in the field, including lifeline supports

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trainings

MORE THAN
3,600
individuals better able to address their security challenges thanks to 159 targeted trainings

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advocacy

MORE THAN
7,500
human rights defenders benefiting from urgent mobilisation, advocacy actions and outreach initiatives worldwid

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News & Tweets from human rights defenders

April 13

Launch of the Costa Rica Shelter City programme, a temporary relocation hub for defenders at risk in Central America

With the strong financial support and commitment of ProtectDefenders.eu, Costa Rica was officially launched as a shelter hub for human rights defenders at risk from the Central America region. Human rights defenders at risk from countries such as El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Colombia will have the opportunity to temporarily relocate, and access essential tools and training to improve their security. Costa Rica long-standing commitment to the protection of human rights makes it an ideal location for this initiative, in a region which is particularly dangerous for human rights defenders' activities, especially for those individuals working for environmental and indigenous rights.

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ProtectDefenders.eu supports relocation initiatives for defenders at risk around the world. In just two years of activity, more than 850 individuals have accessed this comprehensive protection program.

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Belarus, Niger and Morocco are the countries of concern in the ProtectDefenders.eu's monthly digest of alerts

The crackdown on civil society in Belarus, the judicial harassment of human rights defenders in Morocco and the repression of peacfeul demonstrations in Niger are raising the alarm about the deteriorating environment for human rights defenders in these countries, where numerous alerts have been reported this monthly digest of alerts.

Moreover, only during March 2018, the ProtectDefenders.eu Index of attacks and threats against Human Rights Defenders has already reported 54 new violations against HRDs.

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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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