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Model law for the recognition and protection of HRDs
Organization : International service for human rights
Other
International
Model law elaborated by ISHR to help States elaborate laws to create a safe environment for defenders.
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EU protection mechanism for human rights defenders
Organization : European Union mechanism
Funds and financial support
International
The European Union has established a Human Rights Defenders mechanism  to protect defenders at high risk. It is led by a consortium of twelve NGOs active in the field of Human Rights.
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Cybersecurity Policy for Human Rights Defenders
Organization : Global partners digital
Physical and digital security
International
The rapid digitisation of human life has made cybersecurity a key priority for policymakers worldwide. In a context marked by contested definitions of what cybersecurity is and how it should be achieved, it is critical for human rights defenders to understand the situation, actors and issues at stake in order to engage meaningfully in these debates.Depending on who you talk to, and where, cybersecurity can extend from issues as diverse as security protocols in government databases to the international norms applicable to cyber-attacks during armed conflict. Engagement by human rights defenders in cybersecurity policy is important for a number of reasons, not least because the term has been appropriated for a wide number of measures that can undermine human rights. This guide aims to help human rights defenders navigate this complex policy domain.
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5 Steps to Protect Your Data in Case of Computer Theft
Organization : HURIDOCS
Physical and digital security
International
Practical steps to protect data in case of theft
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Individual petition system portal
Organization : Interamerican commission on human rights
General documentation
Régional
This Portal will have available all documents related to the procedural actions which are transmitted through it. All earlier procedural actions will be registered with their dates but without the related documents.
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human rights defenders
Organization : Council of Europe
General documentation
Régional
The work of human rights defenders is essential for the advancement of human rights, democracy and the rule of law. Human rights defenders play a central role in making state policies human rights compliant and authorities accountable. Human rights defenders are also instrumental in defending victims of human rights violations and ensuring their access to redress and remedy. Human rights defenders are key partners of the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights.Support for the work of human rights defenders, their protection and the development of an enabling environment for their activities lie at the core of the Commissioner’s mandate. The Commissioner assists member states in fulfilling their obligations in this regard by providing advice and recommendations. He raises issues related to the working environment of human rights defenders and cases of those who are at risk through his dialogue with authorities as well as publicly, including through the media. He has also intervened before the European Court of Human Rights in a number of cases concerning human rights defenders. The Commissioner and his Office are regularly in contact with human rights defenders and organise mutual thematic consultations on an annual basis, and closely co-operate with the UN and regional mechanisms such as the OSCE/ODIHR in supporting human rights defenders.
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European guidelines on human rights defenders
Organization : European Union
General documentation
Régional
Ensuring protection - European Union guidelines on human rights defenders
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Guidelines on the protection of human rights defenders
Organization : Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe- OSCE
General documentation
Régional
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Human rights defenders
Organization : World organization against torture
General documentation
International
Fighting for respect for human rights is a high-risk activity, and groups and individuals in more than 80 countries who commit themselves to this struggle are often targeted by State authorities and private groups. Human rights defenders are victims of threats, attacks, arrests, arbitrary detentions and acts of torture. Since its creation, OMCT has been a pioneer in the protection of human rights defenders by denouncing the repression to which they are subjected.
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Elearning for human rights defenders
Organization : The global human rights education and training centre
General documentation
International
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