Protection International calls for collective mechanisms to protect human rights defenders
Author: Protection International, Published on: 13 January 2019
"Protection International launches its latest publication, Collective Protection of Human Rights Defenders," 13 December 2018
With the recent 20th anniversary of the UN declaration on Human Rights Defenders, much attention is currently focused on the indispensable work carried out by communities of human rights defenders across the globe. In this context, it is important to consider that human rights defenders do not usually work alone, but in groups, in association with others, in social movements, building collective networks and supporting each other. Nevertheless, the tendency of protection mechanisms is to choose an individual HRD, a practice which can limit the impact of measures to a very narrow number of defenders and also undermine the collective dimension of human rights defence work.
This publication aims to contribute to a shift in current prevailing narratives on the protection of human rights defenders. For protection to be effective, sustainable and reach a greater number of human rights defenders, we shift towards a more collective mindset.
The publication also provides ideas of key measures and actions that should be taken into account when developing collective protection strategies with communities or groups of HRDs.
The report, Collective Protection of Human Rights Defenders: A collective approach to the right to defend human rights can be downloaded here.