Emergency Response Mechanisms

Contacting the Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders

  1. Defenders / relative of a defender / NGO contacts the rapporteur by sending information about an attacks to the Special Rapporteur;
  2. Special Rapporteur checks the information;
  3. Special Rapporteur sends a letter of allegation or an urgent appeal to the State if the information is correct;
  4. The State receives the letter from the Special Rapporteur and has 60 days to respond;
  5. The Special Rapporteur follows up with the State and continous to monitor the situation identified in the Communication;
  6. The Communication is published in the regular reports presented by the Special Rapporteur to the United Nations (3x per year).

Contact the Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders by clicking  here

Emergency Mechanisms:

Worldwide Registry of Emergency and Rapid Response Grants:

A comprehensive list of funders who make emergency and rapid response grants for human rights defenders in all regions. International Human Rights Funders Group’s Human Rights Defenders Working Group compiled this guide and it was originally published by Forum Asia.

The objective and purpose of the report is to provide an overview of the existing shelter programmes with a focus on shelter initiatives in the EU (Source: Forum Asia).

Key emergency mechanism:

Front Line provides 24 hour support to human rights defenders at immediate risk. If there is a crisis you can contact Front Line Defenders at any hour on the emergency hotline.

ProtectDefenders.eu provides 24/7 support to Human Rights Defenders facing immediate risk through the emergency helpline run by Front Line Defenders. ProtectDefenders.eu delivers a fast and specific EU response to support Human Rights Defenders at risk. The emergency grants program ensures that Human Rights Defenders can access and implement urgent security measures to protect themselves, their family and their work.

Key urgent response mechanisms for Women Human Rights Defenders:

AWID and the Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition reviewed a broad range of urgent responses available to Women Human Rights Defenders (WHRDs) at risk around the world.

Urgent Action Fund accepts applications in any language using online, text and mobile funding applications 365 days of the year. They acknowledge receipt of applications within 24 hours of submission. Decisions are usually made within 1-10 business days.

Other mechanisms

The portal allows defenders to start or join urgent campaigns in support of defenders to raise public support for a defender.