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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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24/7 urgent support for Human Rights Defenders facing imminent danger or threats.

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FIRST
YEAR
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Emergency
support

338
emergency grants allocated to human rights defenders at high risk in 64 countries

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supporting
organisations

More than
300,000€
granted to 36 local human rights projects in the field, including lifeline supports

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temporary
relocation

149
individuals relocated away from danger within the Temporary Relocation Programme

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trainings

More than
1,600
individuals better able to address their security challenges thanks to 61 targeted trainings

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advocacy

More than
5,000
human rights defenders benefited from urgent mobilisation, advocacy actions and outreach initiatives worldwide

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News & Tweets from human rights defenders

April 21

Watch the video of the ProtectDefenders.eu 2016 Annual Meeting - #DefendersNotCriminals

The video of the ProtectDefenders.eu 2016 Annual Beneficiaries' Meeting, held in Brussels on the 29 November 2016 under the motto "Defending Human Rights is not a crime - #DefendersNotCriminals", is now available.

The event gathered human rights defenders, NGO representatives, international and regional protection mechanisms and European insitutions to reflect on the first year of support of the EU Human Rights Defenders mechanism and raise the awareness about the pressing threat of criminalisation against human rights defenders around the world.

Watch it now on Youtube.

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PROTECT DEFENDERS NOW - Urgent appeals April 2017

The April 2017 issue of the ProtectDefenders.eu digest reports alarming cases of repression, criminalisation and judicial harassment against human rights defenders in Belarus, Cameroon and Peru.

Moreover, only during March 2017, the digest reports at least 18 defenders killed in relation to their work of defence of human rights within their communities in the Philippines, Colombia, Honduras, Guatemala or Mexico, among other countries.

Click to read the ProtectDefenders.eu digest and share it on Twitter. 

You can also search the new ProtectDefenders.eu Index of attacks and threats against Human Rights Defenders.

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STRENGTHENING ORGANISATIONS

Providing support to local human rights organisations in the implementation of their activities

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ABOUT US

International civil society implementing the EU Human Rights Defenders mechanism.

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Together with human rights defenders worldwide

OUR COMMITMENT

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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